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.
Cohort 7 of CyberASAP is planned to commence in May, with an Innovate UK competition expected at the end of March. Any UK academics with an interest in taking part should register their interest and we will contact you when more details are available.
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.
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 116 teams have participated (including our current cohort) with 57 talented teams graduating. Find out more about the status of these projects by browsing our “catalogue” using the search keys below.
PasswordPlus – “All-in-one” password generators
Seclea reduces organisational risk associated with AI
Adaptive maritime cyber risk assessment software for international shipping operators and insurers
Phish-proofing user authentication by harnessing the power of AI and AR
Cyber Monitoring and Defence for IoT (CyMonD)
Self-learning Security Information an Event Management
Online fraud prevention, CAPTCHA reinveted for everyone and every device
Secure connectivity and duplex authentication
Portable Wireless intrusion prevention systems for smarphones and tablets
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
Feasibility Studies in Quantum Computing Applications
Opens: 13/02/2023 Closes: 29/03/2023
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £8m for innovative solutions to industrial problems using Quantum Computing. This funding is from the National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) programme.
Defence Innovation Loans 2023
Opens: 01/01/2023 Closes: 18/04/2023
Loans of up to £2m to help convert your mature defence innovation into a strong business proposition for defence procurement, with a below market interest rate of 7.4% per annum
Quantum-enabled positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) systems
Opens: 13/02/2023 Closes: 12/04/2023
Organisations can apply for a share of £25m inclusive of VAT, to develop quantum-enabled systems for positioning, navigation, timing (PNT) and quantum-enabled sensing applications relating to navigation. This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by Innovate UK.
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