Cyber Runway – Scale
Cyber Runway: Scale
Over six months, we’re providing our cohort members the connections, mentors, community and expert advice to help them turbocharge their startup’s growth.
Applications are now closed, with the current cohort announced on 28th September 2023, but if you have a question for us then check out our FAQs below or get in touch.
Cyber Runway: Scale 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.
This is some of what we’re covering on the programme:
- Leadership coaching
- Growth strategy
- Funding and investment
- Mental health and wellbeing
- International expansion
- Recruitment and culture
- Inclusion and diversity
- Marketing, PR and communications
MEET THE 2023 SCALE COHORT
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SCALE MAY BE FOR YOU IF YOU HAVE…
- a cyber company*
- seed funding and above
- a team of 10
- at least one customer and be revenue-generating
- big growth plans that we can help with!
Scale welcomes international companies but they must have a UK entity by the time the programme starts. In fact, companies like Liverton Security have used Cyber Runway as a landing pad to enter the UK market.
*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: SCALE
Investor pitches and industry introductions
Get in front of a global network of investors and industry. You’ll also receive feedback on your product-market fit from the CISOs and security leaders in Plexal’s Innovation Forum
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.
We’ll give a select group of Scale cohort members the chance to join our Ignite cohort at an international event
Mentoring, peer support and 1:1 advice from successful tech founders
Learn from successful founders and experts from the ecosystem with our founders firesides and mentoring.
11 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 have a travel fund for travel within the UK for one of these events.
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.
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.
International network and global expansion
Link up with regional and global cyber hubs in Cheltenham, Manchester, New York, Tel Aviv, Sydney and more.
3 July 2023
20 August 2023
Applications close 23.59 BST
Welcome! Programme starts
Mid-way in-person event
Graduation! Programme close
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 11 in-person events. We have a travel fund for travel within the UK for 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.
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