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Three Scottish Startups Join Tech Nation Cyber Programme

Ross Kelly


Tech Nation

Companies previously featured on the programme have seen considerable success, according to Tech Nation.

Three of Scotland’s most exciting cybersecurity startups have been chosen to take part in Tech Nation’s Cyber 2.0 growth programme.

Cyan Forensics, SnapDragon and Symphonic Software will join 19 other firms from across the country on the programme, which aims to unlock the growth potential for early-stage cyber startups.

The programme addresses some of the key issues facing cyber founders, including scaling internationally, navigating access to clients and stakeholders in the cyber ecosystem and scaling company culture.

Tech Nation’s entrepreneur engagement manager for Scotland, Hazel Jane, commented: “I’m thrilled to see such strong representation from Scotland in the Cyber 2.0 programme. Symphonic Software, SnapDragon and Cyan Forensics are all pioneering companies that are excelling in the cyber sector – I’m excited to see how this programme will support their growth.”

Cyan Forensics enables law enforcement, social media and cloud companies to find and block harmful content, while SnapDragon helps to protect brands and intellectual property by combating the sale of counterfeits online.

In December last year, Cyan Forensics secured £1.3 million in funding to help the firm continue scaling its operations and target overseas markets.

Ian Stevenson, CEO of Cyan Forensics, said: “Cyan Forensics has aspired to work with Tech Nation for some time and we have heard great feedback from companies who have participated before.

“Tech Nation runs a number of programmes that are of great interest to us and we are looking forward to receiving help to grow and scale, build connections with investors, raise our profile further and build greater networks at this, a very exciting time in our own journey.”

Symphonic Software makes it possible for public and private sector organisations to exercise greater control over when they authorise access to data and services, by allowing policies to account for a much wider context and keep an audit trail of who has accessed which data.

Symphonic CEO, Derick James, said: “Tech Nation Cyber offers a fantastic combination of activities in the programme and importantly, a chance to network with other ambitious and growing companies. It is a great opportunity to learn and become part of a successful community of like-minded industry peers.”


The new cohort has been announced during a difficult period as the world addresses increased cybersecurity threats due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mike Jackson, entrepreneur success director at Tech Nation, insisted the time is now to support innovative cybersecurity companies and solutions.

He said: “In these unprecedented times that we face in light of COVID-19, there has never been a more important time to invest in and support innovative cyber solutions. At Tech Nation we are delighted to announce the second cohort of Cyber 2.0, to help unlock the growth potential for early-stage cyber scaleups.”

Ross Kelly

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