The only pre-seed accelerator programme in the cybersecurity ecosystem, CyberASAP (Cyber Security Academic Startup Accelerator Programme) plays a unique and vital role in supporting cyber security innovation and commercialisation.
CyberASAP Year 7: Expert support to commercialise academic cyber security innovation
Now in its seventh year, CyberASAP provides academics with the expertise, knowledge and training needed to convert their research into technologies, products and services in this key sector of the global economy. The programme creates a pipeline to move great cyber security ideas out of the university lab and into the commercial market.
CyberASAP is selective and teams compete to join and complete the programme. A series of highly effective interventions (including bootcamps, workshops, and mentoring) gives participating teams essential insights into the key milestones necessary to commercialise their research.
Led by Innovate UK KTN’s Emma Fadlon and Robin Kennedy, CyberASAP draws on their expertise, and also benefits from the experience and specialist knowledge of their extensive network of practitioners (including in IP, New Product Development, Innovation Planning, Sales, Investment, Pitching, Communications) who contribute to the 11-month programme which culminates in a Demo Day where teams pitch and demonstrate their Proofs of Concept.
Cited as a successful Case Study in the UK Government’s July 2020 UK Research and Development Roadmap CyberASAP has, since its inception in 2017, helped more than 100 teams from universities right across the UK to develop their innovations. Twenty-one companies have been formed and, as of September 2021, our alumni have secured more than £17m in further funding to help accelerate the commercial rollout of their cybersecurity ideas.
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"This programme will take you from idea to reality."
Ellen Kay, Alumni, Year 4, Cybermind Technologies
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Since the programme started in 2017, more than 100 teams have participated with 57 talented teams graduating. Find out more about the status of these projects by browsing our “catalogue” using the search keys below.
Connecting IT systems to cloud services with cyber-safe technology
Making IoT device connections secure with privacy-preserving AI
Detecting and preventing rogue drone behaviour using digital twins
The unique security solution protecting businesses from zero-day trojan attacks
D-PRIV for Safer Data
Data anonymisation software to help businesses protect confidential information
Providing safe environments for hands-on hacking and cyber security education
Providing cyber-physical security and safety for smart homes
Detecting and deterring attacks on electric vehicle charging points
Specialist cyber security software and consultancy for AI-enabled businesses
CyberASAP 2022/23 Demo Day Booklet
Profiles of all CyberASAP year 6 projects
CyberASAP Impact & Insight Report
Lessons from 5 years of the programme
CyberASAP Alumni Case Study Booklet
Insights from the CyberASAP Community
CyberASAP 2021/22 Demo Day Booklet
Profiles of all CyberASAP year 5 projects
CyberASAP 2020/21 Demo Day Booklet
Profiles of all CyberASAP year 4 projects
CyberASAP 2019/20 Demo Day Booklet
Profiles of all CyberASAP year 3 projects
CyberASAP 2018/19 Demo Day Booklet
Profiles of all CyberASAP year 2 projects
CyberASAP 2017 Demo Day Booklet
Profiles of all CyberASAP year 1 projects
Novel Disruptive Science Impacting Future Defence and Security
Opens: 17/10/2023 Closes: 05/12/2023
This DASA competition aims to identify and develop novel, early stage research ideas that may have a significant and disruptive impact.
Fairness Innovation Challenge - addressing bias and discrimination in AI
Opens: 16/10/2023 Closes: 13/12/2023
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £400k for projects resulting in new solutions to address bias and discrimination in AI systems.
CyberASAP Pathfinder 2024
Opens: 20/11/2023 Closes: 01/12/2023
CyberASAP Pathfinder is a three-day bootcamp for academics, providing the necessary guidance and support for researchers to commercialise their ideas.
Related Events and Recordings
Accelerating the commercialisation of cyber innovations: CyberASAP's latest cohort
CyberASAP has launched its latest cohort consisting of 27 academic projects. The programme is set to run from May 2023 to March 2024 and is divided into two phases.