HMGCC Accelerate: Pilot Scheme for Tech Start-Ups

Technology start-ups can get tailored product development support and expert mentorship over a six-week intensive programme.

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Those who successfully apply for HMGCC Accelerate will benefit from a range of support such as expert mentorship, tailored product development support and access to a co-working space in central Milton Keynes through the period of the pilot scheme.

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Technology start-ups are being invited to take part in a new pilot, HMGCC Accelerate, which offers them the chance to work with HMGCC (His Majesty’s Government Communications Centre)’s Co-Creation Space as part of a six-week programme.

For this limited period, start-ups will be able to apply to help develop technology products for potential future use with UK national security organisations, supported by our experts at HMGCC.

For this pilot, we are keen to hear from start-ups working on hardware and software technologies capable of testing the cyber security mitigations of connected and isolated systems in specific ways.

This six-week intensive programme, delivered as a mix of in-person and virtual activity, will help startups, with a relevant product, move towards a minimum viable product (MVP) and develop their go-to-market strategy for future use with UK national security organisations. 

Participants will benefit from:

  • Expert mentorship 
  • Tailored product development support 
  • Access to HMGCC’s national security engineering expertise and challenge owners 
  • Operational scaling guidance 
  • Founder peer support and resilience training
  • Pitch training in a national security context 
  • Access to a co-working space in central Milton Keynes for the duration of the programme 

Who should apply?

We’re keen to hear from startups who work in hardware and software operational technologies that can test security mitigations of connected and isolated systems by attempting to generate cyber and physical effects. 

Examples include, but are not limited to, combined automated vulnerability detection, new red-team tools and new approaches to reverse engineering. Successful applicants will have a relevant product that is ready to scale, a firm commitment to the programme and a passion for working in national security. 

Applicants should be based in a NATO member state or Australia and New Zealand. Prior security clearance is not necessary; however you will be required to undergo appropriate security screening.

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