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Cyber Runway – Grow

Applications open

Over six months, we’ll give 20 cohort members the connections, mentors, community and expert advice to help you turbocharge your startup’s growth.  

Have a question for us? Check out our FAQs or get in touch.

Cyber Runway: Grow is funded by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology and delivered by Plexal with support from Deloitte and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies. 

As part of the programme, you’ll attend the Grow Bootcamp, an intensive, in-person welcome event for the cohort to dive deep into their growth plans and connect as a cohort.

GET EXCITED. THIS IS SOME OF WHAT WE’LL COVER…

  • Product-market fit   
  • Growth strategy   
  • Funding and investment  
  • Building a company culture   
  • Sales strategy and channels  
  • Inclusion and diversity  
  • Marketing, PR and communications  

 

GROW MAY BE FOR YOU IF YOU HAVE…

  • a registered UK company 
  • that is “cyber” focussed*
  • a product that you have or are very close to putting to market 
  • in need of ideas and knowledge on running a business 
  • big growth plans that we can help with!  

Don’t be put off applying if you don’t meet all the criteria, as we assess each application on a case-by-case basis and we’ll always sign post you to other avenues of support.

*By “cyber” we mean: any company that is looking at the availability, integrity, availability and security of information, the internet (including internet-connected spaces and devices), critical national infrastructure and communications. Companies battling disinformation, online harms, securing AI and safeguarding the availability of manufacturing are all cyber companies by this definition. 

WHY JOIN CYBER RUNWAY: GROW

Investor pitches and industry introductions 

Get in front of a wide network of investors and industry. You’ll be able to speak to leaders in the Cyber Industry on the challenges facing your company and receive feedback and advice to lead you to success. 

Expert-led workshops 

Take part in our workshops virtually, wherever you are. Our sessions are virtual and allow for smaller groups to interact, ask questions and support each other.   

Mentoring, and 1:1 advice from successful tech founders 

Learn from successful founders and experts from the ecosystem with our founders firesides and mentoring.   

10 in-person events 

Connect with the cyber ecosystem at our in-person events, which are held across the UK. This includes our mid-way event and graduation.   

We’ll fully fund your travel and accommodation for one of these events.  

Pitch practice 

We’ll help you nail your pitch and story. Whether you’re speaking to investors, buyers or your team, we’ll help you tell your story and rally people around your mission.    

Engineering support 

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies can support your product development.   

No cost, no equity and no IP    

Cyber Runway is fully funded by the UK government and Plexal takes no equity or IP from you. We’re just here to help you scale.    

Resource library and startup advice on demand 

Tap into a treasure trove of expert-written resources and advice for cyber startups.  

Fellow founders 

Meet 20 other founders who are on the same journey as you, connect with them and build a peer group of growth 

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Meet the 2023 Cohort

Aufgabe Limited

Suments Data

ITUS Secure Technologies

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Abri Corporate Services

CyberAutonomy

vrtue.io

HoneypotDB

Enevo Cybersec

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Fezzant

Cyber Alchemy

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Cyb-Uranus

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CXReview

Simoc Cyber Logo

Simoc Cyber

Arco Cyber Logo

Arco Cyber

Culture Gem Logo

Culture Gem

The Zensory Logo

The Zensory

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Commercial Intuition

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Cybercy

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Punk Security

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QuoneCyber

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Splitsec

Secure Elements

KEY DATES

14 May

Applications open

1 July

Applications close

Cyber Runway event

August 2024 – February 2025

Programme runs

FAQs

What type of companies can apply? 

Cyber Runway is open to all companies with a UK entity. We have a stream for companies at each stage, and we can direct you to either Launch, Grow, Scale or Ignite (our leadership programme).   

I don’t know if I’m a cyber company. Can I apply?  

Cyber Runway’s Grow and Scale streams will be open to any company that’s securing the future of communications.   

Plexal’s definition of a cyber company is any company that’s looking at the availability, integrity, availability and security of information, the internet (including internet-connected spaces and devices), critical national infrastructure and communications.    

Companies battling disinformation, online harms, securing AI and safeguarding the availability of manufacturing are all cyber companies by this definition.   

 

 

How much time is involved?  

Expect to spend 1-3 hours a week on our virtual content, which can be attended by one or more team members.  

Where is it based/delivered?   

The core content is all virtual, and we also have at least 10 in-person events. We’ll fully fund your travel to at least one of these events.  

What will it cost me?   

There’s no cost to join and Plexal (and our partners) take no IP or equity in your business.   

Find out more from previous Cyber Runway graduates

PROGRAMME PARTNERS

Join our cyber ecosystem

Plexal has helped hundreds of the UK’s most promising cyber startups raise investment, scale globally and become industry giants.  

We’re the National Cyber Security Centre’s Innovation partner and work with industry, investors and the private sector – everyone from AWS and IBM to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.