The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has teamed up with innovation centre Plexal to encourage innovative startups from around the UK to come up with solutions to cyber security challenges and help defend critical areas of the country’s economy and society.

The NCSC for Startups initiative will involve the continual onboarding of businesses throughout 2021 to work on specific projects, creating the potential for more collaborations than ever before.

Successful applicants will work from the headquarters in Cheltenham, as well as remotely, and they’ll also be eligible to apply for funding to help drive development of ideas. Direct support will also be given by Plexal’s cyber innovation team, as well as experts from both the NCSC and GCHQ.

Chris Ensor, NCSC deputy director for cyber growth, said: “We want to work with the UK’s thriving cyber security industry to explore new ideas that will make the UK the safest place to live and work online.

“NCSC for Startups offers the potential for even greater collaboration than ever before, and I would encourage startups to come forward and help us in our mission.”

Saj Huq, director of innovation at Plexal, made further comments, saying this represents a unique opportunity for innovative new businesses to explore consents and work with government, as well as industry and academic partners to develop the solutions that the UK needs the most.

The scheme itself has something to offer startups across all stages of maturity, ranging from those developing minimum viable products to firms with more established solutions and which are keen to expand into new markets.


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