Cybersecurity

Our cities, transport networks, infrastructure systems, homes and identities have never been more digitised or interconnected. At Plexal, we're bringing together a cyber ecosystem to make the internet safer for everyone.

NCSC FOR STARTUPS

Plexal’s partnering with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to deliver NCSC for Startups. In 2021 and beyond, we’ll help innovators develop products and technology with the government to solve challenges that are mission-critical to society and our economy.

Plexal is designing the programme with the NCSC and we’ll work with startups to help them develop their solutions, adapt their current technology to a new cyber challenge and pilot solutions. Applications are open now for startups at all stages.

LORCA: OUR CYBERSECURITY PROGRAMME

We believe that if we’re going to reap the rewards of quantum computing, AI, 5G, the Internet of Things and more, we need to find smarter ways of protecting our data and staying safe online.

That’s why cybersecurity is one of our focus areas. We’re home to the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA): a UK government-backed cybersecurity programme Plexal’s delivering with Deloitte and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies at Queen’s University Belfast.

Our mission is to support the most promising innovators in scaling solutions that meet industry and society’s biggest challenges.

LORCA delivers accelerators for cybersecurity scaleups that are designed to help them connect with industry and investors, break into international markets and grow their businesses. In June 2021 we’ll turbocharge the growth of six graduates from our accelerator programme.

The challenge areas for each accelerator are decided by the forums we host, where we bring together industry, government, investors and leaders from across the sector to share their priorities now and in the future. This helps us stay on top of the latest cyber trends now, as well as the near future.

We also work with industry partners like Lloyds Banking Group and Dell Technologies to solve their cybersecurity innovation challenges and introduce them to companies that could have a new solution.

THE LORCA REPORT

We’ve spoken to every corner of the UK’s cyber innovation ecosystem to assess what we’re getting right, and what the emerging challenges are. Read the full report on LORCA’s website.

WHAT WE DO

CONVENE
Through our events, trade missions and forums, we’re creating a cyber ecosystem that enables industry, investors, innovators, government and academia to collaborate.

PROGRAMMES
We work with industry to tailor programmes to their security challenges and connect them to innovators who have the right solution (or could build one with them).

SCALE
We help cybersecurity startups and scaleups grow their businesses, make the right connections and break into new markets.

GET INVOLVED. JOIN OUR CYBER ECOSYSTEM.

BECOME A CYBERSECURITY MEMBER

If you’re an early-stage cyber company, you can join our cyber ecosystem by becoming a Plexal member alongside innovators like Licel and CyberOwl.

BECOME AN ENTERPRISE MEMBER

Collaborate with our cyber community on innovation programmes that address your business challenges, shape the challenge areas for our accelerator programme and join our forums and events. Our industry members include Lloyds Banking Group, Dell Technologies, Kx, SOSA and the Global Cyber Alliance.

INVESTORS: TAP INTO OUR INNOVATION COMMUNITY

We want to work with investors to help you find the most innovative cyber companies that are ready to scale both in the UK and internationally. You can join our Finance Forum, or we can make introductions to members we think you need to meet.

CYBERSECURITY NEWS AND VIEWS

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

NCSC for Startups launches today

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – a part of GCHQ – has appointed Plexal to deliver NCSC for Startups. In 2021 and beyond, we’ll work with innovators to help

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

CONTACT OUR TEAM

Saj Huq

Director, LORCA

Saj leads cyber innovation at Plexal and is the director for LORCA.

His work at LORCA involves facilitating collaboration between startups, scaleups, government, academia and a cross-section of industry to understand their needs now and in the future.

Join our cyber community. Become a member.

Get in touch if you'd like to register early interest for our next accelerator or learn more about becoming a Plexal member.

Find Us

Plexal’s based at Here East: a tech campus in east London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. We’re a 10-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