The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has named the six startups set to join the fifth cohort of its accelerator programme.
Launched in January 2017 as part of the UK’s £1.9bn National Cyber Security Strategy, the Cyber Accelerator provides access to NCSC’s technical experts, as well as prospective clients and investors.
For the duration of the ten-week programme, the entrepreneurs will be based in Cheltenham – home to the headquarters of NCSC parent agency GCHQ – and receive funding and free office space.
The latest cohort’s startups focus on a range of services designed to protect SMEs, families and connected devices. A full list of the successful companies can be found below.
Chris Ensor, NCSC deputy director for growth, described the Cyber Accelerator programme as a “great success”. “Previous companies involved have brought new ideas to the market,” he said. “The aim of the programme is to support those with pioneering ideas which in turn, encourages jobs and market growth. Together we believe we can provide new and novel solutions to the UK’s cyber security challenges.”
To date 30 companies have passed through the accelerator, which is delivered in partnership with the Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica’s innovation arm Wayra. NCSC said the “last rounds of the programme” have raised £35m.
The six startups are:
Naq Cyber, a service to keep small businesses protected from cyber attacks, and helping them conform to legal regulations such as GDPR.
Insurtechnix, provides a programme to keep SMEs protected from cyber attacks.
Angoka offers cyber security solutions for the risks inherent in machine-to-machine communications, such as those used in smart homes and vehicles.
Simple Cyber Life has designed a subscription service to keep families safe online, from grandparents to children.
IDEE, a service which offers a unique solution to keeping its customers digital identity secure.
RapidSpike offers a service to ensure the safety and smooth running of customers’ digital platforms.