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.
Nic is responsible for the day-to-day operations and logistics of the programme in London, as well as finding outstanding companies to join us. He is passionate about innovation and the startup community. Prior to joining Cylon, Nic was a Programme Manager at L Marks, where he helped large corporates such as BMW, IAG and Travis Perkins innovate through collaboration and integration with promising startups.
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.
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.
Anton leads CyLon’s presence in Singapore, and has 25+ years of experience in wealth management, private banking and investment banking, as well as blue chip consultancies.
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.
Natalie has worked in various startups in different industries covering health and wellness, marketing and customer service. She has a keen interest in branding and operations, and strives to bring efficiency to every process.
Michael is responsible for ensuring CyLon delivers four exceptional accelerator programmes globally per year, as well as finding and investing in the companies that join us. Michael has a background in innovation sourcing and scale-up operations and is an angel investor in over 20 companies. He is passionate about deep tech technology, privacy, and space. Prior to CyLon, Michael worked in three startups, one unicorn and the world’s largest tech company.