Blockchain technology, cognitive computing and biometric security feature among the shortlisted applications selected to participate in Accenture’s 2016 FinTech Innovation Lab London.

The 15 selected startups will be partnered with senior-level bank executives from 16 banks for a 12-week mentoring programme at London innovation hub Level39. Six of these startups will ultimately be selected to present at an Investor Day in April 2016 in front of venture capitalists and senior financial-industry executives.

Accenture fielded applications from 30 countries for participation in this year’s programme, as banks look to embrace the opportunities from collaboration with early-stage startups.