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.

Cited as a successful Case Study in the UK Government’s July 2020 UK Research and Development Roadmap, CyberASAP is now in its fifth year, and 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.

CyberASAP 2021/22

Year 5 of the programme started in April 2021 with 23 promising innovations selected to start their commercialisation journey. Click here to see the full list of teams.


Since the programme started in 2017, it has helped more than 100 teams from a diverse range of universities right across the UK to develop their innovations. 21 companies have been formed, and our Alumni have secured more than £8m 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 2developing your proof of concept. This culminates in a Demo Day where teams’ prototypes are showcased to potential investors and industry.

Cyber ASAP 2020/21 (Year 4)

See our most recent Alumni from 2021 in action presenting their Pitches and Demonstrators at the Demo Day in February 2021, or read their profiles in the Demo Day Booklet.

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.