Northern Ireland startups urged to apply for UK government’s cybersecurity accelerator

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  • Cybersecurity startups in Northern Ireland are being urged to apply for the GCHQ Cyber Accelerator, a startup accelerator developed by the UK government’s National Cyber Security Centre in partnership with Wayra.

    Now in its second year, the Cyber Accelerator’s programme will be extended from three months to nine months this year, giving the chosen startups more time to work with GCHQ’s world-class cybersecurity experts to develop their ideas into new products and services.

    Matt Hancock, the UK’s Minister of State for Digital and Culture, said: “We are working hard to make Britain the best place to start and grow a digital business and the safest place to be online.

    “The GCHQ Cyber Accelerator is a vital part of this work and has already helped some of the most innovative cybersecurity startups develop cutting-edge new products and services.

    “I’m pleased to announce the programme is being extended and encourage the nation’s talented entrepreneurs to apply.”

    The programme will be delivered by Wayra UK, Telefónica’s startup accelerator, and the chosen startups will receive a wide range benefits during the course of the programme to help them scale their businesses, including office space, mentoring and business advice, and access to an extensive network of investors.

    Gary Stewart, Director of Wayra UK, said: “Improving cybersecurity is one of the most important challenges that we face, whether as large corporates, SMEs or individual citizens.

    “We are eager to accelerate the growth of the next generation of cybersecurity startups, in partnership with GCHQ, DCMS and our colleagues at Telefónica. The goal is that the startups will scale up and we will all be more secure online.”

    Startups can apply for the GCHQ Cyber Accelerator now, with an application deadline of 9th August 2017. The chosen startups will then join the accelerator programme in October.

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