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.

About CyberASAP

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.

CyberASAP is funded by the UK Department for Science, Innovation and Technology and delivered by Innovate UK KTN and Innovate UK, in partnership. Watch highlights from the Year 6 Demo Day below.


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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To join the conversation, follow us on Twitter & LinkedIn. If you’re an academic, university Technology Transfer Officer, potential investor, commercial collaborator, entrepreneur or business person and would like to support the programme or attend any of our events,

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CyberASAP Projects

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

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Making IoT device connections secure with privacy-preserving AI

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Detecting and preventing rogue drone behaviour using digital twins

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The unique security solution protecting businesses from zero-day trojan attacks

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D-PRIV for Safer Data

Data anonymisation software to help businesses protect confidential information

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Providing safe environments for hands-on hacking and cyber security education

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Providing cyber-physical security and safety for smart homes

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Detecting and deterring attacks on electric vehicle charging points

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Specialist cyber security software and consultancy for AI-enabled businesses

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CyberASAP 2022/23 Demo Day Booklet

Profiles of all CyberASAP year 6 projects

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CyberASAP Impact & Insight Report

Lessons from 5 years of the programme

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CyberASAP Alumni Case Study Booklet

Insights from the CyberASAP Community

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CyberASAP 2021/22 Demo Day Booklet

Profiles of all CyberASAP year 5 projects

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CyberASAP 2020/21 Demo Day Booklet

Profiles of all CyberASAP year 4 projects

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CyberASAP 2019/20 Demo Day Booklet

Profiles of all CyberASAP year 3 projects

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CyberASAP 2018/19 Demo Day Booklet

Profiles of all CyberASAP year 2 projects

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CyberASAP 2017 Demo Day Booklet

Profiles of all CyberASAP year 1 projects

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Related Opportunities

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.

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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.

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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.

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Related Events and Recordings


CyberASAP Year 6 Demo Day

12.30 - 19.00 | London

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