Cyber startups to showcase the innovative security solutions of tomorrow

Posted on: 10/02/2021

Above, last year’s CyberASAP Demo Day in London. This year’s event is online.

The CyberASAP Demo Day on 18 February provides an opportunity to preview a promising pipeline of cybersecurity products and services as the final 14 teams in this year’s Cyber Security Academic Accelerator Startup Programme (CyberASAP) pitch and demonstrate their Proofs of Concept to investors and industry.

The culmination of the 11 month CyberASAP (which is funded by the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, and delivered by Innovate UK and KTN’s Emma Fadlon and Robin Kennedy), the Demo Day sees this year’s final 14 academic teams demonstrate a diverse range of products and services – from applications for people with disabilities, to maritime cyber risk assessment (see list below).

Click here to register for the Demo Day.

Minister for Digital Infrastructure, Matt Warman, will address some of Britain’s most exciting early-stage cyber security startups at next week’s virtual CyberASAP Demo Day. Ahead of his keynote address he said:

“We have some of the best cyber research institutions in the world and I look forward to hearing the new pitches at this demo day.

The CyberASAP programme plays an important role supporting academics to turn their research into market-ready products and it will not only help us build back better from the pandemic but also keep people across the country secure online.”

The Demo Day comprises a series of three minute pitches followed by a showcase of proofs of concept in virtual booths as follows:

ABBA-IoT Data tampering detection system for automotive sensors (University of Leeds)

Authentibility Pass An accessible authentication gateway for people with disabilities (University of Bournemouth)

CyberHelper Connecting machines and humans for efficient cyber investigations. (University of Southampton)

CyberMIND: An AI driven platform to help Cyber Professionals to Detect, Predict and Manage Stress (University of Wolverhampton)

#ID / hash-identity Secure Device Identity to power the future of the Internet of Things. (University of Kent)

Lupovis Detect, Deceive, Divert, Deny, Identify (University of Strathclyde)

MaCRA (Maritime Cyber Risk Assessment) MaCRA provides dynamic, multi-dimensional risk assessment tooling, that uniquely addresses both IT and OT elements of a specific vessel system, by factoring in threat associated with both the cargo transported, and the route operated (University of Plymouth)

MemCrypt MemCrypt protects and recovers confidential data from ransomware attacks (Edinburgh Napier University)

SALMAC Linux Threat Hunting Solution (Middlesex University)

Secure Development Helping consultants to make the 400,000 UK developers better at security (University of Lancaster)

SenseiChain Redefining the future of Blockchains through secure real-time data analytics (University of Essex)

Shoji The safest way for businesses to buy and sell data (Imperial College London)

SurfaceRF Making surfaces that identify, verify and protect themselves (University of Bristol)

WhatML Watermarking for protecting the value and the intellectual property of machine learning models (Imperial College, London)

According to the UK Cyber Security Sectoral Analysis 2020 the UK’s cyber security industry is worth an estimated £8.3 billion and it notes the sector has seen significant growth in annual revenue and employment, as well as considerable investment in early-stage companies.

Some of those early-stage companies start life as a result of CyberASAP which helps academic teams commercialise their cyber security ideas.

CyberASAP supports the government’s vision of making the UK the safest place in the world to live and work online. Key to that is bringing together industry,  academia and the government to deliver a burgeoning ecosystem of successful, innovative companies in the cyber security sector.

The CyberASAP programme is an important part of that, helping create dynamic new startups and providing a pipeline of commercialisation opportunities.

This is a priority area of work for the government as it looks to build back better from the pandemic by making sure the country continues to have the cutting-edge cyber security solutions needed to underpin the UK’s growing digital economy.

Year 5 Funding Competition for CyberASAP

The £800,000 funding competition for the 2021/22 programme is now open and closes on Wednesday 3 March. Details can be found here.

If you want to be kept up to date with developments or are interested in supporting the Year 5 programme, please register your interest here.


CyberASAP is funded by the UK Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and delivered in partnership by Innovate UK and KTN.

More information about the programme is here. 


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