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.

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 12-month accelerators for cybersecurity scaleups that are  designed to help them connect with industry and investors, break into international markets and grow their businesses. 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Managing working capital and growth for founders, directors and business owners

July 16, 2020 | 9:15 am - 11:00 am

Informed Funding is hosting this webinar for any founder, director or business owner who's managing significant working capital requirements built up through the pandemic.

Funding high-growth innovation for startups

July 20, 2020 | 2:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Informed Funding is hosting a virtual webinar to explore VC activity, the impact of government grants and the latest on the Future Fund.

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 co-create 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 Security Alliance, Licel and CyberOwl.

BECOME A CORPORATE PARTNER

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 partners include Lloyds Banking Group, Dell Technologies, Kx, Kudelski Security, 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

The LORCA Report 2020

LORCA, the cyber programme Plexal is delivering, has released The LORCA Report 2020. The report takes the pulse of the UK’s growing cyber ecosystem and features research with Beauhurst along

Plexal’s partnered with cyber community Hub8

Plexal, which delivers the LORCA cybersecurity programme, has partnered with Hub8 – a purpose-built workspace dedicated to supporting Cheltenham’s flourishing cyber community. Plexal members, including the members of our cyber

LORCA graduate ThinkCyber wins Innovate UK competition

The government launched the Innovate UK Fast Start Competition in April to “fast-track the development of innovations borne out of the coronavirus crisis while supporting the UK’s next generation of

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 7am-12am.