The only pre-seed accelerator programme in the cybersecurity ecosystem, CyberASAP (Cyber Security Academic Startup Accelerator Programme) plays a unique and vital role in supporting cyber security innovation and commercialisation.
Expert support to commercialise academic cyber security innovation.
CyberASAP is selective and teams compete to join and complete the programme.
A series of highly effective interventions (including bootcamps, workshops, and mentoring) gives participating teams essential insights into the key milestones necessary to commercialise their research.
Led by KTN’s Emma Fadlon and Robin Kennedy, CyberASAP 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, Sales, Investment, Pitching, Communications) who contribute to the 11-month programme which culminates in a Demo Day where teams pitch and demonstrate their Proofs of Concept.
Cited as a successful Case Study in the UK Government’s July 2020 UK Research and Development Roadmap CyberASAP has, since its inception in 2017, helped more than 100 teams from universities right across the UK to develop their innovations. Twenty-one companies have been formed and, as of September 2021, our alumni have secured more than £17m in further funding to help accelerate the commercial rollout of their cybersecurity ideas.
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"“This programme will take you from idea to reality” "
Ellen Kay, (Alumni, Year 4), Cybermind Technologies
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Since the programme started in 2017, more than 116 teams have participated (including our current cohort) with 57 talented teams graduating. Find out more about the status of these projects by browsing our “catalogue” using the search keys below.
Ground-breaking new federation of AI-based cameras to transform crime detection & policing
An innovative platform consisting of three toolkits ensuring trust, quality and explainability t
Discover it, Recover it, Control it, WalletFind manages your cryptocurrency wallets and activities
Network search technology for front-line policing
CyberSignature delivers secure and frictionless online checkout authentication with digital behaviou
Royal-Imperial Black Box (RIBB)
Moving Target Defence for Enhanced Protection of Cyber-Physical Systems
The holistic tool for security evaluations of machine learning systems
Empowering organisations to securely share and analyse confidential datasets
CyberASAP Impact & Insight Report
Lessons from 5 years of the programme
CyberASAP Alumni Case Study Booklet
Insights from the CyberASAP Community
CyberASAP 2021/22 Demo Day Booklet
Profiles of all CyberASAP year 5 projects
CyberASAP 2020/21 Demo Day Booklet
Profiles of all CyberASAP year 4 projects
CyberASAP 2019/20 Demo Day Booklet
Profiles of all CyberASAP year 3 projects
CyberASAP 2018/19 Demo Day Booklet
Profiles of all CyberASAP year 2 projects
CyberASAP 2017 Demo Day Booklet
Profiles of all CyberASAP year 1 projects
Current CyberASAP funding opportunities
Privacy Enhancing Technologies Challenge Prize
Opens: 20/07/2022 Closes: 19/09/2022
The aim of this competition is to develop innovative privacy-preserving solutions that address one or both of the specific challenge use cases in financial crime or public health.
Innovate UK Smart Grants: July 2022
Opens: 28/07/2022 Closes: 26/10/2022
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy. This funding is from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.
UK-Israel Eureka Bilateral: Collaborative R&D
Opens: 20/06/2022 Closes: 19/09/2022
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is investing up to £2 million to fund collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects focused on industrial research with Israel.
CyberASAP Alumni Insights: "Think wide rather than deep"
“Think wide rather than deep” advises Daniel Lewis, CyberASAP Alumnus and founder of Awen Collective, which aims to make society safer by creating software that reduces the impact of cyber attacks on the industrial sectors that we all rely on every single day.
CyberASAP Alumni Insights: “Find companies or individuals that you aspire to and try to emulate them”
“Find 15-20 companies or individuals that you aspire to…..and try to emulate them”. That’s the advice to would-be startups from Ivo Sluganovic, CyberASAP Alumnus and co-founder of PhishAR.