ABOUT US
Founded by leading security, investment and policy experts, CyLon offers entrepreneurs the platform they need to build and grow a successful cyber security company.
TEAM
GRACE CASSY

GRACE CASSY

FOUNDER

Prior to founding Cylon, Grace spent 10 years in the UK Diplomatic Service, working on Asia, Europe, the Americas and global security policy. Between 2004-6, she was an advisor to PM Tony Blair in 10 Downing Street, specialising in Asia and national security.

JONATHAN LUFF

JONATHAN LUFF

FOUNDER

Jonathan is a former diplomat and advisor to the British Prime Minister on innovation and international issues. At 10 Downing Street, Jonathan served as the first Director of the ‘GREAT’ Campaign, the British government’s global communications campaign to promote inward investment, exports and enterprise.

ALEX VAN SOMEREN

ALEX VAN SOMEREN

FOUNDER

Alex is a General Partner at 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.

POPPY WOOD

POPPY WOOD

CHIEF OF STAFF

Poppy has worked as part of CyLon’s founding team since 2014. Poppy is a Partner at Epsilon Advisory Partners, before which she worked as an Advisor at 10 Downing Street. Poppy started her career as an Associate at J.P.Morgan Chase, and in 2016 was appointed a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum.

KIRSTEN CONNELL

KIRSTEN CONNELL

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Kirsten has over a decade of experience working with early stage startups. Since joining CyLon in 2015, Kirsten has supported the CyLon portfolio in raising further funding and has substantially grown CyLon’s network of mentors and investors. Prior to joining CyLon, Kirsten was General Manager for Seedcamp, and helped them grow from 39 investments to 200 over a period of 5 years making them Europe’s 3rd most active Seed Investor. Kirsten held a board seat for Capital for Enterprise supporting SME’s across the UK and volunteered for the Cherie Blair Foundation supporting female entrepreneurs in developing and emerging economies.

MIKE FRANCOISE

MIKE FRANCOISE

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR

Mike joined as Programme Manager at CyLon. After reading Environmental Policy and Economics, Michael jumped into the Tech sector joining Apple, Zomato, Synoptic Technologies, and the French Tech London Hub. A background in Startup Operations and Sourcing led him to CyLon where he helps develop the CyLon 13 week acceleration programme. He’s passionate about innovation, startups, has lived and worked in 5 countries and is fluent in 3 languages.

NICK MORRIS

NICK MORRIS

COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR

Nick is a Director at Epsilon Advisory Partners, before which he spent three years running a technology startup. Following the company’s launch in 2014 by HRH Prince Charles, Nick successfully secured partnerships with a number of globally market leading companies across the UK, Europe and USA. Nick also sits on the Trustee Board of two small charities.

DAVID CHAN

DAVID CHAN

ENTREPRENEUR-IN-RESIDENCE

David joined CyLon as Entrepreneur-in-Residence in May 2016 and is also founder of cyber security startup Aroclave. He founded his first tech startup while still an undergraduate at Imperial College and has co-founded/worked in multiple startups in the UK and Silicon Valley doing CRM, eCommerce and cyber security. David has a wealth of experience in business, software development, and startup environments.

Joanna Wlazlak

Joanna Wlazlak

HEAD OF OPERATIONS

Joanna is a performance driven operations manager with a master of law and 5+ years of experience in accelerating organisational transformation at mission driven tech startups. Before joining CyLon she was in charge of project management at open source furniture company Opendesk, photographer and today she is learning something new about cyber security every day.

NICOLE DE SILVA

NICOLE DE SILVA

PROGRAMME MANAGER - SINGAPORE

Nicole has joined as the Program Manager for Cylon Singapore. She enjoys building communities and partnerships especially working with early stage start-ups. She has worked previously in various roles within global investment banks and local tech startups in Singapore. She’s passionate about entrepreneurship especially the empowerment of women in the workplace. She leads and volunteers at She Loves Tech Singapore which is the world’s largest global startup pitching competition for women in technology.
ADVISORY BOARD
Sir IAIN LOBBAN

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.

RICHARD WILDING

RICHARD WILDING

DIRECTOR OF NEW VENTURES - BAE SYSTEMS

Richard Wilding is responsible for driving the future portfolio of BAE Systems Applied Intelligence through leading our work in exploring future market trends, new business models and industry collaboration. Prior to this role, Richard spent 9 years leading the establishment of new business and product lines within BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, largely in the cyber security domain.

PARTNERS

CyLon is extremely grateful for the invaluable support provided by its corporate partners.

We work closely with the Applied Intelligence division of BAE Systems, which delivers information intelligence solutions which help its clients to protect and enhance their critical assets in the intelligence age.
Nominet, the official registry for .UK domain names. See information on .uk, .co.uk & .org.uk domains, our WHOIS lookup tool & registering a domain.
Winton is an investment management company specialising in mathematical analysis of financial time series and portfolios.

Innogy is an energy company based in Essen, Germany.

Full service international law firm with offices across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

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