Grace co-founded CyLon in 2015 along with Jonathan Luff and Alex Van Someren. Prior to founding CyLon, Grace spent 10 years in the UK Diplomatic Service, working on global security policy in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Between 2004-6, she was an advisor to PM Tony Blair in 10 Downing Street, specialising in Asia and national security.
Jonathan co-founded CyLon in 2015 along with Grace Cassy and Alex Van Someren. Before founding CyLon, Jonathan was a senior British Diplomat, serving in a variety of roles for the UK Government, including as an advisor to UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
Since 2015, Kirsten has built up CyLon’s world-leading programmes and has substantially grown CyLon’s network of mentors and investors, as well as helping CyLon startups raise follow-on investment.
Kirsten has over a decade of experience working with early stage startups, and prior to joining CyLon she was General Manager for Seedcamp, helping them grow from 39 investments to 200 over a period of 5 years. Kirsten held a board seat for Capital for Enterprise supporting SMEs across the UK and volunteered for the Cherie Blair Foundation supporting female entrepreneurs in developing and emerging economies.
Miranda is responsible for communications, PR and marketing at CyLon. Her background is in corporate communications, reputation, and media, but she is also a qualified accountant and has spent 5 years working at a Big 4 consulting firm. Miranda also acts as an advisor to our startups on how to refine brand messaging and communicate their product to target audiences.
Nick is CyLon’s Commercial Director, leading its business development and partnership initiatives as well as managing the company’s finances. Prior to joining CyLon, Nick 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.
Joanna is responsible for structuring the CyLon London programme, finding great mentors to advise our companies and ensuring exceptional companies to join us. She also oversees company operations globally. She is a qualified lawyer, specialising in industrial design protection law, and has a photography degree, but in last four years she has been mastering the art of operations in startups.
As an Associate, Taylan fulfils a multifunction role. Thanks to his technical background and experience in venture capital, he helps CyLon to both source deal flow and perform due diligence on applicants to our various programmes around the world. In addition to this, he supports the operational team on a day-to-day basis with the design, content, and structure of our programmes. Occasionally he also puts on his analyst hat to conduct research and put together reports that provide insight to our alumni and management team.
David joined CyLon as Entrepreneur-in-Residence in May 2016. David is the 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.
Alan Jenkins is our CISO-in-Residence in London, providing valuable advice to our companies on everything from enterprise procurement processes and sales tactics to CISO decision-making processes and navigating tenders and RFPs. He is currently Head of Advisory at 2|SEC Consulting, and was formerly an Associate Partner at IBM Security, Group CISO at Babcock International, UK CSO at CSC and T-Systems and served in the Royal Air Force for 21 years.
Rebecca Floyd is the Managing Director for the Singapore team and has a wide experience within open innovation, previously responsible for the external innovation partnerships at Visa Europe Collab and the corporate partner engagement for the MassChallenge accelerator in London. She has multiple relationships across all elements of the
innovation ecosystem having established partnerships in London, Berlin, Tel Aviv and Singapore. Rebecca has a unique perspective, having set up partnerships on behalf of both a large corporate with accelerators, academia, government and start-ups, and then working for the world’s largest accelerator to manage their corporate partner programme.
Nicole has previously worked 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.
Matthew Newland is our CISO-in-Residence in Singapore and has over 25 years of experience in financial services across investment banking, risk advisory and hedge funds. He is a technologist and mathematician with a proven track record of deep technical expertise in software engineering across a wide range of technologies and methodologies, designing and implementing bespoke complex analytics and real time systems, and building and leading strong technical teams.