Cyber Accelerator

Created:  12 Jul 2017
Updated:  17 Jul 2018
Developing the UK’s cyber security ecosystem through accelerating innovative start-ups

The Cyber Accelerator is a collaboration between the UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Wayra UK, part of Telefónica Open Future.

Part of the Government’s £1.9bn National Cyber Security Programme, it drives innovation in the cyber security sector and helps keep British businesses and consumers safe from online attacks and threats.

Successful applicants will gain access to GCHQ’s world-class personnel and technological expertise to allow them to expand capability, improve ideas and devise cutting-edge products to outpace current and emerging threats.

The partnership will help teams develop their businesses and secure the investment needed to take their companies to the next level. A roster of best-in-class coaches and mentors from GCHQ and the wider Telefónica Group – including O2 and ElevenPaths – will provide support. Start-ups will also receive a financial grant, and access to work space.

Cohort 2 has just come to an end with a 'Demo Day' being held at Lancaster House, London to make the end of their time with the Accelerator. This means that the NCSC is now inviting applications for cohort 3 with former Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matt Hancock leading the calls.

Find out more and apply by clicking the button below.

Apply (external link)


The Cyber Accelerator began in January 2017. Use the logos below to click through and learn more about the companies involved so far.


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