Cybersecurity Academic Startups 'Showcase Day'
Posted on 21/11/2017
KTN recently assisted in delivery of a successful three-month phase2 of the Cybersecurity Academic Startups Programme, funded by DCMS in partnership with Innovate UK, supporting the Develop strand of the National Cyber Security Strategy . The programme took some of the best cybersecurity ideas in academia from across the UK and provided support to progress towards a commercial business. Seven teams ‘graduated’ by building working prototypes and establishing their new ventures.
October 19 was ‘Showcase Day’ held at Level 39 , Canary Wharf which proved to be a fantastic networking setting. The new ventures pitched their business propositions and presented their prototypes or Minimum Viable Products (MVP). All the teams received considerable interest from the invited investors and industrialists and all the feedback so far has been extremely positive.
All the startups felt that the support they were given over the three months was extremely worthwhile for developing their business plans from theory into reality. It allowed them exposure to potential customers, partners, and investors they may not have otherwise have accessed especially in such a short lead time.
Robin Kennedy, Cybersecurity Knowledge Transfer Manager at KTN said
“We were delighted to work with DCMS and Innovate UK on this programme together with SETSquared & Cyber Exchange as partners. KTN provided the business support element for Phase 2, building on the excellent work done by SETSquared under the Cyber Security ICURe Programme for Phase 1. We wish the seven teams well in their journey in the coming months and years and hope to follow and support them, as we do with other high-growth potential businesses.”