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 ransomware, these startups are solving the big challenges in cyber:

PORGiESOFT: After seeing how online fraud was becoming a growing problem during the pandemic, this edtech startup used its underlying machine learning and natural language processing technology to develop a cyber fraud detection assistant for enterprise employees. SenseText uses AI to calculate a fraud risk score, providing a second opinion on suspicious emails.

Exalens, which equips SME manufacturers with advanced cybersecurity that tends to be reserved for large enterprises. It does this through its threat detection and response solution and cyber-physical AI – both of which don’t require an in-house security expert.

Enclave, which helps organisations effortlessly create Zero Trust overlay networks that make private systems invisible to the public internet until defined trust standards have been met. Enclave aims to make security more convenient for organisations running private infrastructure on top of the public internet.

Meterian, which secures open source software by building a scalable and sustainable line of defence for apps. It wants to empower time-pressured developers to become the first line of defence for security.

Rebellion Defence: a British-American software company building AI products for the defence sector and for national security purposes. Its SECURE solution helps organisations look ahead, focus their resources effectively and proactively defend their systems and networks against threats like ransomware.

Learn more about the innovators and what they hope to achieve at

The five companies will receive support from Plexal’s cyber innovation team, experts from the NCSC and GCHQ and further support from our partners QA, Deloitte, Hub8 and Cynam. We’ll help them develop their solutions to meet the cybersecurity challenges faced by society and the economy.

NCSC For Startups is taking place in 2021 and beyond, and applications are still open for our Prove, Pivot and Pilot streams.

Saj Huq, director of innovation at Plexal, said:

“We’re excited to welcome the first innovators to NCSC For Startups. The response to our call for applications has been phenomenal and we’re looking forward to bringing on more startups throughout 2021 in response to specific challenges and technology needs in the cybersecurity market.

“The NCSC understands the UK’s cybersecurity challenges better than anyone, and the opportunity for innovative startups to benefit from its world-class insight and expertise is unique. Combined with Plexal’s extensive track record in supporting startups to become market leaders, NCSC For Startups will help companies address some of the most challenging security problems facing the government, businesses and society now and in the future.”

            Chris Ensor, deputy director for cyber growth at the NCSC, said:

“The UK has a thriving cyber security industry and I’m excited to get to work with our first five companies and bring their innovations to life.

“Finding great ideas that can help protect all areas of society is a key part of our mission and we look forward to collaborating with more startups as the programme rolls on.”

NCSC For Startups is a collaboration between the NCSC and Plexal, the innovation company. The programme will be supported by Deloitte, CyNam, which brings Cheltenham’s cyber community together, Cheltenham-based coworking space Hub8 and tech skills provider QA.