Frequently Asked Questions
Is this an accelerator programme?
CyLon Scale has evolved from and replaced the CyLon accelerator programme which we ran from 2015-2020.
It builds on what we learned, offering the elements our best founders found most valuable, but in an ad hoc, not programmatic format.
This allows us to provide you with the best possible platform of support, while removing any disruption to the day-to-day running of your business.
Think of us and our network as the optimal blend of investor and advisor.
What are your investment terms?
If you’re not actively raising a round at this moment, we typically invest through a founder-friendly convertible note structure, allowing you maximum flexibility.
If we are investing directly in an equity round, we expect to co-invest rather than lead, with legals generally driven by the lead investor.
What stage of company do you like to work with?
We are best placed to support pre-seed and seed stage companies, who are likely intending to raise a Series A within the next two years.
If your solution isn’t in the market yet but you have great team credentials or think you have a unique piece of IP, we would still love to hear from you.
Do you only invest in cyber security companies?
Yes, but we adopt a relatively broad definition of cyber security.
Do you help organisations and people to live and work more securely? Then you’re in our sector.
What is the process for investment - how long will it take?
We aim to get back to all investment submissions within 2-3 weeks to let you know if we are interested in taking you through the next stage of our investment process.
How much does CyLon invest?
CyLon invests up to £150,000.
We can also work together to see if there are other investors (angels or otherwise) who may be a good fit for you to supplement our own investment.
Do you have any geographic restrictions?
We firmly believe that just as cyber threats are global, so must be the talented entrepreneurs tackling them. We therefore have no geographic constraints and are keen to hear from entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world.
What is CyLon?
CyLon was founded in 2015 by Grace Cassy, Jonathan Luff and Alex van Someren, with the aim of supporting the security technologies of the future. Ever since then, CyLon has aimed to be the best possible partner for talented, ambitious entrepreneurs looking to launch, build or scale a cyber security business. We now do this globally through three core programmes, which you can read more about here.
What have you achieved so far?
We have supported over a hundred startups to date, building a wide range of high-impact technologies. As of August 2020, these are now valued at over £600m. CyLon alumni have gone on to raise investment from leading investors including Sequoia, Goldman Sachs, LocalGlobe and many others, and to win customers across global Enterprise.
Alongside this, our CyLon Spark programmes have helped stimulate the cyber security ecosystems in the UK, Asia and the Middle East.
I want to relocate my company - can you help me?
Through our global network, we support our CyLon Scale portfolio with market entry across EMEA, APAC and the US.
If you want to relocate to the UK, we are an endorsing body for applications for UK Startup & Innovator visas: please find more information here.