Helping academics commercialise their cyber security ideas.

The only pre-seed accelerator programme in the cybersecurity ecosystem, CyberASAP (Cyber Security Academic Startup Accelerator Programme) provides expertise, knowledge and support to convert academic ideas into commercial products in the cybersecurity space.


According to the Government’s latest 2021 Cyber Sectoral Analysis report, the UK’s cybersecurity sector has now expanded to be worth £8.9 billion.

This burgeoning sector, which increasingly affects all our lives, requires a pipeline of new products. And that is what CyberASAP is all about. In helping accelerate the roll out of promising cyber security ideas from universities, CyberASAP provides a dynamic interface between government, cyber security academics and the business and investment communities so vital to the health and development of this vital sector.

Now in its fifth year, the programme contributes to a core objective of the UK Government Department of Digital, Creative, Media and Sport (DCMS): to develop and sustain a security sector that meets national security demands as part of the government’s £1.9billion national cyber security strategy.

“This programme will take you from idea to reality” – Ellen Kay, Cybermind Technologies (Alumni, Year 4)

Watch the 2020/21 Demo Day Highlights video below.


Since the programme started in 2017, it has helped more than 90 teams from a diverse range of universities right across the UK to develop their innovations. 17 companies have been formed, and our Alumni have secured more than £7m in further funding to progress their ideas along the route to commercialisation.

Programme Format

A series of highly effective interventions (including bootcamps, workshops, and mentoring) gives participating teams vital insights into the key milestones necessary to take their product from the lab to the market. Led by KTN’s Emma Fadlon and Robin Kennedy, the programme draws on their expertise, and also benefits from the experience and specialist knowledge of their extensive network of practitioners (including in  IP, New Product Development, Innovation Planning, Investment, Pitching, Communications) who contribute to the 11 month programme.

The programme has two phases:

Phase 1 – developing your value proposition and market validation. Successful teams from Phase 1 will progress to:

Phase 2 – developing your proof of concept. This culminates in a Demo Day where teams’ prototypes are showcased to potential investors and industry.


CyberASAP 2021/22

Applications for the current programme have just closed and successful teams will be announced soon.


Get involved

If you are an Academic or University Technology Transfer Officer, Industrialist, investor or have an interest in being involved or supporting the CyberASAP programme in any way, please provide your details here so that we can make sure you’re updated with the relevant information.

If you’d like to know more about the CyberASAP programme please contact Robin Kennedy or Emma Fadlon.

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CyberASAP is funded by the UK Government Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) and delivered through KTN and Innovate UK.