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Cyber Innovation

The cyber cluster is focussed on driving growth and innovation, and is therefore keen to support the cyber start-up community. We have a number of recurring and one-off events and projects targeted at offering cyber start-ups support, advice and an opportunity to network.

Cyber Innovation Clinic

This event provides a friendly space for start-ups to pitch to a panel of cyber and innovation experts. It’s a brilliant opportunity to get feedback, advice and insights from the experts.  It’s your chance to put a new product, service or plan forward and get honest feedback on it before pitching it to an investor or customer. 

Our panel of experts changes at each event but you can expect representatives from DIT, LORCA and also well-known names from the Scottish cyber ecosystem such as Peter Jaco, Jamie Graves and Bill Buchanan.

Q. How often does it run?

A. 2-3 times per year.

Cyber Startup Events

If you’re a cyber startup and you want to hear from great speakers, have a chance to work with other startups and meet business experts then these events are for you! In our first event we welcome a large enterprise to share their story with you and tell you how they find their next partner business and what they’re looking for. 

In addition ScotlandIS runs a series of events to support start-ups so there is plenty of support and advice available to you.

Q. How often do they run?

A. The first event will be held in September/October 2021.

Cyber Innovation Challenge

Are you ready to be challenged? Led by Scottish Enterprise this programme is for those businesses who have a cyber product or service that would benefit the digital health sector. This brand new programme will be launched later this year with full details still to be revealed. 

Watch this space for further information.

Q. How often does it run?

A. This is a one-off programme expected to be launched in Autumn 2021.

Cyber Innovation Hub

At ScotlandIS Cyber we have been campaigning and working for the establishment of a Scottish Cyber Innovation Hub.

Our high-level proposition was completed this year with the full business case to be delivered by the end of 2021.

We need you! We need your support to help us make our case.

If you would like to be a part of this project and support our case, please get in touch – contact us now.

Additional resources for start-ups

Support OrganisationDescriptionContact
NCSC AccleratorIntended to support and scale-up high-potential high-growth companies
LORCAIntended to support and scale-up high-potential high-growth companies
CyLonCyber security accelerator
Cyber ASPInitiatives to support early-stage ideas and individuals start and grow their own cyber security companies
Cyber RunwayNew DCMS led cyber programme – covering new ideas, start-ups and scale-ups
EIT DigitalEIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate the market uptake and scaling of research-based digital technologies. Edinburgh office is focussed on Cyber and FinTech
Scottish Funding Council and Innovate UK Fund to strengthen UK science and business innovation and take on the biggest challenges that society and industry face today.
Royal SocietyThe Royal Society provides a range of grant schemes to support the UK scientific community and foster collaboration between UK based and overseas scientists.
DCMS Cyber ExchangeRegister your company to ensure you receive updates directly and also to get your business onto the UK cyber ecosystem map.
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