Government partners with Tech Start-ups to launch ‘Cyber Security’ Accelerator
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport partners with Wayra UK and cyber security agency GCHQ to develop a new ‘cyber security’ tech – aimed at protecting the UK from cyber attacks.
The national cyber security programme is part of the government’s £1.9bn plan to help tech startups create the next generation of cyber security systems to protect the nation from future virtual threats.
Wayra UK will head the first stage of the accelerator programme, which would be based at a new Cheltenham Innovation Centre and is due to open around the turn of the year.
A second innovation centre will open in London in 2017.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is contributing £50m over the next five years to deliver the two innovation centres.
Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock MP said: “We are making progress in our ambitious programme to support innovation in cyber security, grow the UK’s thriving sector and protect Britain from cyber attacks and threats.
“Our two new Cyber Innovation Centres will bring together government, academic and business expertise, and will be invaluable in helping support start-up companies and develop world-class cyber technology.”
Gary Stewart, Director at Wayra UK and Telefonica Open Future (UK), also added: “Our shared vision will not only safeguard the country against cyber threats but also increase opportunities for UK-based start-ups and help establish the UK as a global hub for cyber talent.”
The deadline to apply is Monday 17th October 2016 with successful start-ups starting in early 2017.