Cyber London is Europe's first cyber security accelerator and incubator space

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Cyber London is a hub for the cyber security companies of tomorrow.

Our three month accelerator programme offers some of Europe’s most promising entrepreneurs the training necessary to build and grow a successful cyber security company. Alongside an intensive professional curriculum, Cyber London’s participants also receive personal guidance and support from an accomplished network of mentors. Our programme culminates with a Demo Day, allowing participants to present their products, progress and potential to a range of partners and investors.

Our incubator space supports more advanced cyber security companies looking to take their businesses to the next level. For the duration of the programme, our incubator teams access the benefits of Cyber London’s unique network and expertise whilst they focus on business and product development.

Both the accelerator and incubator are housed in fully-furnished, modern office space in London.

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FAQ

Why should we join Cyber London?

As Europe’s first cyber security accelerator programme, Cyber London offers a unique and outstanding opportunity to work with an accomplished network of cyber security specialists and mentors.

Cyber London was founded by some of the UK’s leading technology experts and investors, including Alex van Someren (Managing Partner, Early Stage at Amadeus Capital Partners), Jonathan Luff & Grace Cassy (Epsilon Advisory Partners).

How much funding do businesses selected for Cyber London receive?

Teams receive a fixed £15,000 per team in return for their full-time attendance on the programme. There are no other costs.

How much equity will Cyber London take in my business?

3% equity is taken in return for the £15,000.

How is Cyber London funded?

The programme is funded entirely through corporate sponsorship. These sponsors are commercial partners only and they have no say in the operation of your business, no prescriptive rights or unique access to the technology you create. There are no strange terms and conditions and we align ourselves entirely with the other founders of the business.

What else will Cyber London provide?

Aside from your team receive everything you might expect from a full time accelerator programme including a full schedule of mentoring, coaching, workshops and field trips over the 13 week period.

Does Cyber London have a seed fund for teams after the programme?

There is not yet any official Cyber London follow-on fund, however the founders of Cyber London will consider teams on the programmes for additional investment, as well as introducing founders to their own angel and VC networks. Founders of Cyber London include venture capital investors, and have specific funds earmarked to invest companies they select during or after the programme.

In short, it’s expected successful teams will have access to follow-on seed funding to ensure they continue to grow and scale.

What type of startups do you accept?

Cyber London aims to assist founders in building commercial businesses that deliver outstanding information security technology.

Cyber security has become central to a successful economy in the 21st century, so we’ll consider teams applying themselves in any one of a number of industries; from defence to retail, telecoms to financial services technology, digital media industries to health services.

Is my startup too early (or late) stage to apply to Cyber London?

Not at all. We’ll consider startups that are still at the concept stage, though we can provide substantial value to later-stage businesses too.

Can I apply if I’m not from the UK?

Cyber London will consider applications from startups from the UK and within the EU, as long as you and your team can legally work in the UK for the duration of the programme.

Where is Cyber London based?

Our state-of-the-art offices are based at Winton Capital in Hammersmith, next to the London Underground station: 15 minutes via Tube from Victoria, and 20 minutes from King’s Cross St. Pancras.

When is the deadline to apply and what’s the overall timeline?

Please stay tuned for cohort 3 timelines

Do I need to send in a business plan?

Our aim is to help you shape your business and identify commercial opportunities; even if you’re trading and have revenues, your business and product are likely to change. For these reasons, we don’t require a business plan at this stage. Instead, complete the short application form, but please make sure you fill in all the questions.

Where will we live during the programme?

If you currently live outside London, finding a place to stay is your responsibility, however we’ll assist you where we can to find accommodation.

Will you accept single founder teams? What about non-developers?

The Cyber London programme is very intensive, and for that reason we would prefer teams over single founders. That doesn’t mean we won’t consider single founders, but they must be outstanding developers and have strong product development skills.

All teams should have the ability to iterate while part of the programme and therefore must be able to build the core technology themselves.

Team

Founder

Alex van Someren

Amadeus Capital Partners

In 1996 Alex co-founded nCipher with venture capital backing to develop internet security products using advanced cryptography. The company became a world leader in IT security, counting major banks, finance companies and governments among its customers. He subsequently raised a total of £14 million in venture capital funding before he led the company to a listing on the London Stock Exchange in 2000 at a £350 million valuation. nCipher plc was sold to Thales SA in 2008.

Founders

Grace Cassy & Jonathan Luff

Epsilon Advisory Partners

Epsilon advises clients operating at the intersection of government, enterprise, technology and society.

Through their global network, Epsilon helps clients to grow their businesses and expand internationally through innovative commercial, intellectual and social partnerships.

The senior team has experience at the highest level of government and business, in the UK, US, Europe and internationally.

Advisor

Jon Bradford

Techstars

Since launching Europe's first bootcamp accelerator in 2009 "The Difference Engine" Jon helped to launch Springboard in Cambridge and London, and co-founded Ignite in Newcastle. He has worked in London, throughout Europe, Australia and also the United States.

Chairman of the Advisory Board

Sir Iain Lobban

Former Director of GCHQ

Sir Iain was the director of the Government Communications Headquarters, GCHQ between 2008- 2014 and is a leading figure in Cyber Security.

Managing Director

Kirsten Connell

Kirsten is the Managing Director for Cyber London (CyLon) Europe's first cybersecurity accelerator. Kirsten has over 7 years of experience working with early stage startups. Prior to joining CyLon Kirsten was General Manager for Seedcamp, and saw them grow from 39 investments to 200, becoming Europe's 3rd most active Seed Investor. Kirsten has an extensive network of mentors, investors and ecosystem builders across Europe.

Chief of Staff

Poppy Wood

Poppy has worked as part of CyLon’s founding team since 2014, in her role as Director of Epsilon Advisory Partners. As Chief of Staff at CyLon, Poppy acts as the bridge between the Advisory Board and the programme team. Poppy previously worked as an Advisor at 10 Downing Street, and before that as an Associate at J.P.Morgan Chase.

Associate

Shane Wickramasuriya

Shane comes with a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Warwick, where he helped build their first human-powered racing submarine.

A love of technology led him to Startup Institute as a web design student, and then to the second Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars as a graphic/UX designer.

Cyber security is one of the most challenging issues of our generation: in this smart, connected world, the safeguarding of computer networks and the protection of privileged information, whether institutional or personal, is absolutely essential.

Sir Iain Lobban, Former Director GCHQ and Chairman of the Advisory Board, CyLon

Cohort 3

CyLon has an incredibly huge network of industry experts that we got connected with. This helped us a lot in driving our business progress. We have also been amazed by the quality of Demo Day and the calibre of people that CyLon attracted. Free office space and food is another nice addition to the programme

Aimbrain

CyLon was the best possible start we could have had for our company. Intruder was founded shortly before the accelerator began, and CyLon gave us both the platform and the rocket fuel we needed to launch our business. From the network of people we were introduced to, to the mentoring and review sessions which kept us on track and pushing forwards, the whole experience taught us more than we would have learned from years of going it alone.

Intruder

CyLon has provided us with access to funding opportunities and an initial customer base which has been invaluable

Sphere

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Alumni

Cyber London’s support for teams continues beyond Demo Day. Even after the programme finishes, Cyber London graduates will be able to draw from the advice of mentors, the Cyber London team and crucially, their fellow alumni.

Our graduates include:

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