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Cyber Runway is the innovation fast track for entrepreneurs, startups and scaleups.

Launch. Grow. Scale.

 

From budding entrepreneurs with an idea to growing startups and scaleups that dream big, Cyber Runway fast tracks the growth of innovators.

Applications are closed now but you can still fill in your details to access our online content hub.

You’ll keep 100% of your IP and equity, we’re just interested in helping you grow.

Cyber Runway is funded by DCMS and is delivered by Plexal with support from Deloitte and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies.

Get in touch on cyberrunway@plexal.com if you’d like to support us as a mentor or join our investor community.

Fill in the form if you’d like to submit an expression of interest and get in touch on cyberrunway@plexal.com if you have any questions or you’d like to support us as a mentor, investor or partner that can help us design an inclusive programme.

Business masterclasses

Learn from the best on everything from developing a product roadmap to how to raise your next round. All our masterclasses are accessible virtually.

 

Mentoring and 1:1 advice

Get advice from successful founders, as well as experts in specific areas such as legal, finance and marketing. We’ll also have a chief technical officer and chief commercial officer on hand to support members.

Engineering support 

CSIT engineers will help members test new products or features and provide you with advice on technical decisions. You’ll also get access to CSIT’s Cyber Range, which simulates real-world deployment models in a safe area.

Commercialisation and personalised growth roadmap

Each member will be given a personalised growth plan to help you progress through the accelerator, as well as product development and commercial support.

Investor pitches and industry introductions

Get in front of a global network of investors. Our Grow and Scale members will also benefit from industry introductions.

Presentation practice, meetups and peer support

 

Tap into a community of peers and take part in our regional and virtual events.

Resource library and startup advice on demand

Access 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.

WHICH STREAM IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Meet the entrepreneurs who took part in a one-week, intensive bootcamp.

Applications are closed for our bootcamp but if you’re getting your startup off the ground you can still submit your details to access on-demand advice via our content hub.

 

Starts September 2022

We’re helping cyber startups and SMEs nail their product-market fit, get commercialisation support and lay the foundations for growth.

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Starts September 2022

We’re helping scaleups and high-growth startups blast away any barriers to growth nationally and around the world.

Learn more

Our first accelerator

107 of the brightest cyber entrepreneurs and startups took part in our first accelerator.

86% of early-stage entrepreneurs made useful connections, while later-stage companies saw a 20% increase in revenue and a 22% increase in headcount.

Members like Meterian and Jitsuin integrated their products after connecting on the programme, while CyberHive made useful connections and used access to CSIT’s engineering team to review its minimum viable product.

Make connections. Access our content hub.

From July, anyone who applies for Cyber Runway gets access to on-demand content designed to help cyber startups turbocharge their growth. Our content hub is also a great way to get to know the community.

Designed with inclusion at the heart

We think cyber innovation thrives when teams are diverse, and that everyone who wants to join the sector and grow their business should have access to the right support.

45% of our members from cohort one were female-led startups and 52% were run by founders from black, ethnic or minority backgrounds.

We’re designing Cyber Runway with inclusion at the heart by partnering with organisations and connecting members with mentors from a range of backgrounds.

Catch the highlights from our in-person Manchester event

MEET OUR MEMBERS FROM OUR FIRST PROGRAMME

We helped members turn their idea into a business, build a minimum viable product and connect with a network.

MEET OUR MEMBERS 

We helped cyber startups and SMEs nail their product-market fit, get commercialisation support and lay the foundations for growth.

MEET OUR MEMBERS 

We helped scaleups and high-growth startups blast away any barriers to growth nationally and around the world.

MEET OUR MEMBERS 

Mentor. Invest. Get involved.

If you’d like to become a mentor, join our investor community or help us design and deliver a more inclusive programme, get in touch with our innovation team on cyberrunway@plexal.com

 

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CYBER INNOVATION AT PLEXAL

Plexal's building the UK's most connected cyber community, and we're delivering programmes like NCSC For Startups for the UK government.

Find Us

Plexal’s based at Here East: a tech campus in east London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. We’re a five-minute walk from Hackney Wick train station, or you can catch the free shuttle bus from Stratford train, underground and bus stations.

Location

Plexal
14 East Bay Lane, The Press Centre, Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 3BS

Location

We’re open Monday-Friday from 6am-12am, Saturday - Sunday 10am-6pm