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UK’s £13.5m cyber accelerator unveils latest cohort of scale-up businesses

One of the UK’s largest cyber security accelerators, the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA), has named the next 15 scale-ups set to join its year-long programme.

LORCA’s third cohort has been specifically charged with building cyber security into underlying software and hardware and addressing what the accelerator calls “cyber fundamentals”.

Over the course of the year long scheme, the businesses, headquartered in the UK, Spain, Italy and South Korea, will receive commercial guidance from Deloitte and engineering support from Queen’s University Belfast.

LORCA, which is run by Plexal at the Here East campus in the Olympic Park in east London, was established last year with £13.5m of government funding and aims to boost the adoption of cutting-edge security technology.

“We want the UK to be at the forefront of tackling cyber threats and encourage the best and brightest to come up with new and innovative solutions to combat the ever changing cyber risks,” said digital minister Margot James.

“Ahead of London Tech Week, it’s great to see that LORCA is now welcoming international companies to the capital, making this a truly global effort to ensure we have a Britain that’s fit for the future.”

Saj Huq, LORCA’s programme director, added: “We’re particularly pleased with the international flavour which the latest group of scale-ups brings to LORCA, fortifying our position as a global cyber hub.”

The full list of members for cohort three are:

  • Elemendar
  • CounterCraft
  • CTO Technologies (CyberCentral)
  • D-RisQ Ltd
  • Hack The Box
  • HumanFirewall
  • Messagenius
  • Panaseer
  • Quant Network
  • SaltDNA
  • Security Alliance
  • Storage Made Easy
  • swIDch
  • Threat Status
  • Uleska Ltd

Last October, ZoneFox – a member of the first cohort of LORCA scale-ups – was acquired by the security giant Fortinet for an undisclosed sum. Fortinet said the deal would enable its customers to gain “deeper visibility into endpoints and associated data flow and user behaviour”.