Get involved and meet our innovators

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.

The accelerator is being delivered in person and virtually across the UK.

Our 107 members keep 100% of their 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, CyLon 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.

CYBER RUNWAY REGIONAL EVENTS

Cyber entrepreneurs, SMEs and startups: join us for in-person events in Sheffield, Dundee and Glasgow (plus virtual events in Wales and Northern Ireland) as our Cyber Runway accelerator hits the road! This is a brilliant chance to make connections and join intensive sessions on investment, branding, PR, diversity, pitching and more. The events are open to everyone, including our accelerator members.

MEET OUR MEMBERS

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

MEET OUR MEMBERS 

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

MEET OUR MEMBERS 

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

MEET OUR MEMBERS 

Member Benefits

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.

MASTERCLASS

Here are some examples of the masterclasses our members are enjoying...

Value proposition

Building and testing a product

Customer validation

Resilience and mental health

Budgets and pricing

 

Commercialisation and product-market fit

Sales and marketing

Raising funding

Iterating your product for a new market

Diversity and inclusion

Partnerships and alliances

Route to IPO

Culture and recruiting for growth

International expansion

Successful pilots and working with industry

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 are female-led startups and 52% are 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.

UK-wide companies

Cyber innovation is happening in every part of the country.

Cyber Runway is being delivered in person and virtually so startups across the UK can benefit and 50% of member companies are based outside of London and the South East of England.

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

 

NEWS AND VIEWS FROM OUR CYBER COMMUNITY

Welcoming LORCA Ignite

Plexal launched LORCA in 2018 with funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to accelerate the growth of British cyber startups. Over the last three years, LORCA

First five innovators join NCSC For Startups

We’re excited to reveal the first five cybersecurity innovators that are joining NCSC For Startups, the initiative Plexal is delivering for the National Cyber Security Centre. From cyber fraud to

Introducing DISH: our new innovation centre in Greater Manchester

Manchester City Council has appointed a consortium of partners led by Barclays Eagle Labs to create a cybersecurity innovation centre in Greater Manchester. Plexal will design the centre’s accelerator and

PROGRAMME PARTNERS

CYBER INNOVATION AT PLEXAL

Plexal's building the UK's most connected cyber community, and we're delivering programmes like LORCA and 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