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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.

Now in its fifth year, the programme provides academics with the kind of expertise, knowledge and training needed to help convert their research into commercial technologies, products, processes and services in this key sector of the global economy.

How CyberASAP works

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 research to market.

Led by the expertise of KTN’s Emma Fadlon and Robin Kennedy, the programme draws on the experience and specialist knowledge of their extensive network of practitioners (including in IP, New Product Development, Sales, Innovation Planning, Investment, Pitching, Communications) who contribute to the 11-month programme.

CyberASAP is selective and teams compete to join and remain on the programme.

Get involved

We’d love to hear from you. Whether you’re an academic or university Technology Transfer Officer, a potential investor, commercial collaborator, entrepreneur or business person keen to support the programme in any way, get in touch.

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Why CyberASAP?

The UK’s cybersecurity sector is a rapidly growing sector, estimated 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 rollout of promising cybersecurity ideas from universities, CyberASAP provides a dynamic interface between government, cybersecurity academics and the business and investment communities so vital to the health and development of this critical sector.

Cited as a successful Case Study in the UK Government’s July 2020 UK Research and Development Roadmap, CyberASAP 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 national cybersecurity strategy.

“This programme will take you from idea to reality”

Ellen Kay, (Alumni, Year 4) - Cybermind Technologies


Watch the 2020/21 Demo Day Highlights video below.

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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.


CyberASAP Projects

Since the programme started in 2017, more than 100 teams have participated (including our current cohort) with 47 talented teams graduating. Find out more about the status of these projects by browsing our “catalogue” using the search keys below.

Verifiable Credentials

We provide strong authentication, identification and authorisation with W3C standardised, cryptograp

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Awen Collective

Making society safer by reducing the risk of industrial cyber-attacks

Cyber Type: SCADA & information control system

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Raven Science

Intelligent software to find, classify, and analyse online extremist content

Cyber Type: Network Security

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KETS Quantum Security

KETS is pioneering chip-based quantum encryption hardware.

Cyber Type: Network Security

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Security and Reliability Testing for Graphics Processors

Cyber Type: Operating systems and web browsers

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Cydon – Share data Confidently

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MemCrypt has developed a framework which is capable of obtaining ransomware keys during an active at

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An accessible authentication gateway for people with disabilities to communicate requirements

Cyber Type: Identification, authentication and access control

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CyberASAP Impact & Insight Report

Lessons from 5 years of the programme

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CyberASAP 2020/21 Demo Day Booklet

Profiles of all CyberASAP year 4 projects

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CyberASAP 2019/20 Demo Day Booklet

Profiles of all CyberASAP year 3 projects

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CyberASAP 2018/19 Demo Day Booklet

Profiles of all CyberASAP year 2 projects

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CyberASAP 2019/18 Demo Day Booklet

Profiles of all CyberASAP year 1 projects

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Past Event

CyberASAP Demo Day - Year 4

Thursday 18th Feb | Online

14 Academic Teams from the 2020/21 CyberASAP programme Pitch and Present their Proof of Concepts Cyber Security ideas at Demo Day. Applications range from maritime security to authentication tools for people with disabilities.

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