The NCSC’s Cyber Accelerator is now open to submissions from tech entrepreneurs seeking to become the accelerator’s fourth cohort.
Together with Wayra UK and the UK government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the accelerator has put out a national call for 10 startups to join its programme.
This year’s programme will focus on supporting projects aimed at developing innovative cybersecurity solutions, such as early threat detection, vulnerability identification, preventative cybersecurity measures and enabling action to be taken on real-time threats.
Aimed at promoting companies which have an active presence in the UK, and have their business registered in the country, the programme will not consider research proposals.
Launched in 2017, the government-funded accelerator has supported the growth and development of numerous technology startups, with previous cohorts receiving up to £20 million in funding. Already the accelerator, which is based at an undisclosed facility in Cheltenham, has seen 16 startup companies graduate from its programme.
NCSC skills and growth deputy director, Chris Ensor, said: “This call will allow us to cast the widest net possible for attracting start-ups developing technologies that will better protect us now and in the future.
“We’ve worked with 23 companies over the past few years, offering them unique technical insights that have helped them grow their ideas and business.”
Successful applicants will have access to a robust acceleration package, exclusive access to experts from the NCSC and GCHQ, a grant of £25,000, access to Wayra’s investor network and a potential pathway to security experts from Telefónica brands such as O2.
Wayra UK director Gary Stewart said: “The NCSC Cyber Accelerator, powered by Wayra UK, is representative of how Britain’s intelligence, cyber and security services, have evolved to counter emerging threats by supporting businesses on the frontiers of new tech innovation.”
“We’re proud to be a leading partner in identifying and nurturing the fourth cohort of start-ups that will help keep Britain safe for the next 100 years.”
The deadline for application submissions is midnight on Sunday the 28th of April 2019.