Cyber London invites Europe’s brightest security start-ups to join its third accelerator programme

London, 21st March 2016 - Cyber London (CyLon), Europe’s first dedicated cyber security start-up accelerator and incubator, is inviting cyber security start-ups to apply for its third programme. Applications are welcome from teams across Europe and further afield.

Cyber London’s cyber security accelerator consists of a 12-week programme where entrepreneurial teams with innovative business ideas are provided access to professional training and guidance from an accomplished network of mentors, investors and CyLon Alumni. At the end of this programme, the companies will present their solutions to potential customers, investors and partners at an in-house Demo Day. The Demo Day for CyLon’s second cohort recently took place, and saw the teams pitching to over 150 key stakeholders. In addition to training, mentorship and fully-furnished office space, the teams selected to participate in the programme will receive a £15,000 investment in their businesses in return for 3% equity.

Applications for the next Cyber London programme are now open at Participants may include the very earliest stage teams, through to established companies seeking support to accelerate development and reach new customers and markets. Entrepreneurs working on any technology with security applications and with the ambition to build a successful business are encouraged to apply.

Kirsten Connell, MD of Cyber London said: “We’ve had such diverse and interesting members in our previous cohorts, I’m looking forward to seeing what the next group brings to the industry. The breadth of talent we’re seeing and the success our previous cohorts have had reinforces the value Cyber London provides to entrepreneurs and the wider economy. We’ve learned a lot from our first two programmes and look forward to helping this next cohort build and establish their brands and technologies.”

Paul Manister, CTO of cohort two start-up Fabric commented: “CyLon has been absolutely amazing in terms of the quality of mentors, staff and of course the commercial relationships and reach that has been extended to us. We've learned a lot, benefitted greatly and are now ready for the next stage of the company's evolution. Thanks to being involved in the CyLon Programme we have already raised a substantial portion of the current funding round, which looks like it will be over-subscribed. I am in no doubt that a large part of this is thanks to the kudos CyLon brings.”

Closing date for cohort three applications is Sunday 27thMarch 2016 with the programme running from Tuesday 3rdMay until Saturday 23rdJuly.

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Notes for Editors

About the Cyber London programme

The Cyber London accelerator and incubator combines intensive collaboration, professional training and mentorship, drawing upon the expertise of seasoned entrepreneurs, academic cyber security researchers, government officials and senior executives of customer organisations.

Cyber London accepts applications from entrepreneurial teams with innovative business ideas in the broad field of information and communications, aka ‘cyber’, security.

Cyber London was established in January 2015; its first programme concluded in July 2015, with six startups and two companies-in-residence pitching to a Demo Day audience of more than 120 investors, companies, and public sector bodies at the end of a 14 week curriculum.

Cyber London Sponsors and Partners

The Cyber London sponsors, who provide financial support, and partners who provide in-kind support to the participating teams, are as follows:

BAE Systems Applied Intelligence is a business division of BAE Systems that delivers solutions that help clients to protect and enhance their critical assets in the intelligence age. Our intelligent protection solutions combine large-scale data exploitation, ‘intelligence-grade’ security and complex services and solutions integration. We operate in four key domains of expertise: cyber security, financial crime, communications intelligence and digital transformation.

Amadeus Capital Partners has, since 1997, established a reputation as one of Europe's leading technology investors. Since its inception the firm has raised over £650m for investment and backed more than 100 companies in communications technology, cleantech, medtech, financial services, software, digital media and e-commerce.

Epsilon Advisory Partners is a strategic advisory firm, based in London. Epsilon works with a select group of outstanding technology companies to help grow their business and expand internationally through innovative commercial, intellectual and social partnerships.

Winton is an investment management company specialising in mathematical analysis of financial time series and portfolios. With offices in London, Oxford, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo and Zurich, Winton has over 400 employees and in excess of $30 billion dollars under advisement.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s global cyber security team helps companies with the full range of legal and regulatory-related cyber security risks. The team protects clients’ businesses and their reputations by advising on compliance strategies, litigation defence, regulatory action, crisis liability management and cyber security due diligence. It works with leading forensic and security consultants to offer integrated legal and technical risk mitigation advice, and draws on the strength of its leading global investigations and crisis management practices, to address cyber security both proactively and after an incident.

Fried Frank is a leading New York-headquartered international law firm; its London office is located in the heart of the East London tech cluster. The firm works with some of the world’s largest companies in their most significant transactions, as well as emerging companies seeking to expand to the US and access international markets. Fried Frank’s transatlantic Technology Group is a market-leading resource for UK and other European early-stage and growth-stage companies considering US expansion, US fundraising, and US corporate and commercial transactions. The firm works closely with top accelerators, venture capital and other investors, government agencies and professional services firms in the US, UK and throughout Europe.

Cyber London Founders

Cyber London was founded through the collaboration of an experienced team of cyber security practitioners, entrepreneurship and public policy experts, and professional investors.

  •       Alex van Someren is Managing Partner, Early Stage Funds at venture capital firm Amadeus Capital Partners. He has been a member of the Royal Society Cyber Security Research Steering Group, an expert panel member for the Government Chief Scientific Advisor’s report on the Internet of Things, and has advised the Cabinet Office on commercialisation of UK National Security assets. Previously, Alex co-founded UK cryptography company nCipher plc, which was acquired by Thales SA in 2008. Alex was appointed an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge in 2005.

  •       Jonathan Luff and Grace Cassy are co-founders of Epsilon Advisory Partners, sharing 25 years of foreign, security and innovation policy experience in the UK Government, including at No.10 Downing Street.  Epsilon works with leading technology companies to grow their business and expand internationally through innovative commercial, intellectual and social partnerships.

Cyber London Managing Director

Kirsten Connell is the Managing Director of Cyber London, having previously been General Manager at Seedcamp, the London-based investment fund and accelerator programme.


Cyber London’s business incubator is hosted in spacious 4,000 sq. ft. facilities generously provided by Winton in Hammersmith, West London, offering fully furnished office space, breakout and meeting areas, a 130-seater auditorium and on-site catering. 

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