Applications open for Cyber Accelerator programme


The National Cyber Security Centre is opening a call for start-up businesses to help create a new wave of security solutions by joining its acclaimed Cyber Accelerator programme.

Companies can submit applications for the fifth cohort of the Cyber Accelerator programme, which is part of the UK Government’s £1.9billion National Cyber Security Strategy.
The programme enables tech entrepreneurs to play their part in helping make the UK a safer place to live and work online - as well as spurring innovation and competition to boost the UK’s economic growth.

Since it began 30 companies have been successfully mentored by the programme, which is a collaboration between the NCSC, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and powered by Wayra, Telefónica’s open innovation arm, which supports enterprises creating new products for the UK’s security industry.

During a ten-week mentoring programme based in Cheltenham, the chosen companies will meet major figures in the cyber security profession and will be given the chance to pitch their ideas to potential clients and investors.

The Accelerator programme gives extraordinary opportunities for those enterprises involved. In February, seven companies took part in the RSA conference on cyber security in California’s Silicon Valley. They were invited to a private coaching session at the ranch home of Steve Blank, the originator of the Lean-Start-Up movement.

The last rounds of the Accelerator programme have between them raised £35m in private funding for tech projects which flourished since being mentored by the NCSC and Wayra.

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