The UK government has announced a “groundbreaking” partnership with tech startups to develop cutting-edge, world-leading cyber security technology.
As part of the government’s £1.9m National Cyber Security Programme, applications are open to cyber security startups, and the top two cyber innovation centres will receive £50m over five years.
The accelerator programme is a first for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Government's Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) – the UK’s intelligence and cyber security agency.
The programme will help startups boost and scale initial sales and business development with relevant partners, and secure follow-on third-party investment too.
Startups will be given a grant by Wyra UK as well as a physical space to work in. Participants will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about cyber security best practice and gain Cyber Essential accreditation.
The programme will also fast-track new firms into the cyber-security sector, which contributed £1.8bn in exports to the UK economy and grew to become a £22bn industry in 2015.
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