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Start-ups graduate from the GCHQ Cyber Accelerator

Last Updated: 28 Jun 2018
Nine start-ups tackling online security issues and threats have completed the second GCHQ Cyber Accelerator

News article - 28 June 2018

A group of tech start-ups have become the latest to graduate from a ground-breaking Government initiative to advance the next generation of cyber security systems.

The nine-month GCHQ Cyber Accelerator, delivered in partnership with Wayra UK, part of Telefónica Open Future, saw nine companies develop cutting-edge products and services to help enhance the UK's cyber defences.

Part of the UK Government’s £1.9bn National Cyber Security Strategy and the Cheltenham Innovation Centre, the Accelerator is a collaboration between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), GCHQ, National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), and Wayra UK and aims to drive innovation in the cyber security sector.

NCSC, DCMS and Wayra UK will soon be calling for cyber start-ups to join the third round of the programme - now renamed to the NCSC Cyber Accelerator - to help address some of cyber space's key challenges.

For more details, and to find out how to apply for the 2018/19 Cyber Accelerator, visit the NCSC website.


The three men stand as a group in front of a conference banner
(l-r) Gary Stewart, Director of WayraUK; Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matt Hancock; and Chris Ensor, NCSC Deputy Director for Cyber Skills and Growth. ©NCSC 2018


Ornate, Regency-style room, with rows of seats and attendees
Gary Stewart, Director of WayraUK, opening address at Lancaster House. ©WayraUK 2018