CyLon invests £15,000 in each team, in return for a 3% equity stake in each participating business. This funding allows them to commit fully to the three-month programme, and to focus on building their technology and company. Teams will be introduced to a variety of other investors throughout the programme, and will have the opportunity to start to build the relationships that will be vital for future funding rounds, at CyLon’s Demo Day.
Our intensive training curriculum covers both the challenges and opportunities encountered by early stage cyber security companies, helping teams to achieve product-market fit in a uniquely technical and demanding industry. The curriculum includes everything from business fundamentals and recruitment to product pricing and technical training.
During the course of the programme, all teams will be based in our fantastic London office, kindly provided by Winton. This space offers our companies everything from valuable collaboration opportunities to delicious lunches.
As the leading hub of cyber innovation in Europe, we pride ourselves on offering key connections for our startups. During the programme, we invite leading figures from industry and government to speak to our companies, arrange business development trips, and introduce potential partners and clients.
At the end of the programme, each team get the chance to pitch their product in front of over 100 curated customers and investors, giving them the chance to have those important discussions with the right people in a relaxed business environment.
“Thanks to its laser focus on cyber security, Cylon supported VChain with the best contacts in the industry as well as critically important first clients – you simply wouldn’t get such deep links in this niche from a general tech accelerator”
Irra Ariella Khi, CEO, VChain Technology
“Participating in CyLon was one of the best decisions our company has ever made. CyLon has brought us customer intros, investor connections and helped raise our profile significantly since joining the programme in 2016 – if you’re a cyber security startup, there is simply no better place to be.”
Tim Sadler, CEO, CheckRecipient
“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 attendees and the calibre of people that CyLon attracted.”
Andrius Sutas, CEO, Aimbrain
“CyLon was the best possible start we could have had for our company. From the network of people we were introduced to, to the mentoring and review sessions that kept us on track and pushing forwards, the whole experience taught us more than we would have learnt from years of going at it alone.”
Chris Wallis, CEO, Intruder
WHAT WE LOOK FOR
Our definition of “cyber security” is very broad. We welcome applications from teams operating in a wide variety of industries, from defence to retail, telecoms to fintech, digital media to health services. To date, we’ve supported startups in fields including Blockchain, Compliance, Insurance, Data Protection, Privacy, Risk, Big Data Analytics and Cloud Security. All of which ultimately help to support the digital economy.
We have no formal restrictions concerning a company’s stage or size, but particularly welcome applications from small teams with big ambitions. We accept teams from all over the world, but expect all founders to participate in person, in London, for the duration of the programme.