We're inviting the UK’s technology innovators to develop solutions to our most pressing security challenges with Plexal, the NCSC and our partners. Apply now.
NCSC For Startups is helping innovators develop products and technology with the government to solve challenges that are mission-critical to society and our economy.
Plexal is delivering the programme with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and we work with startups to help them develop their solutions, adapt their current technology to a new cyber challenge and pilot solutions.
They also benefit from support with investment, marketing, connections to private sector opportunities and product development.
Startups can take part in a three-month intensive programme or a 12-month programme, which will involve spending time in Cheltenham – home to the NCSC and GCHQ.
Learn more about our challenges on the NCSC’s website and get in touch with our innovation team on firstname.lastname@example.org if you’ve got any questions.
Our latest challenges are:
How can we protect the integrity of this operational technology and make sure cyber vulnerabilities don’t cause any production delays or safety issues?
Protecting SMEs and citizens
Cyber security should be for everyone. We’re looking for solutions that can empower busy SMEs and citizens to defend themselves from digital threats.
Incident response for SMEs and citizens
When a cyber attack happens, how quickly can people and organisations recover? We’re looking for startups that can build resilience.
How can we approach cyber training in a more innovative way so that people put what they learn into practice and change their behaviour online?
Rebellion Defence is a British-American unicorn company that builds AI products for the defence and security needs of the UK, the US and their allies.
While taking part in NCSC For Startups, the company secured a healthy $150m in funding, which brought its valuation to $1bn. It also used the programme to hone its product-market fit by working closely with the NCSC’s technical architects.
Learn more about the challenges they’re solving and what they want to achieve with NCSC For Startups…
NCSC For Startups will be split into three streams:
Startups will receive support to develop their early-stage solutions or prove a new concept that can solve a challenge.
Startups will receive support to adapt an existing technology or product to solve a challenge or create an entirely new solution.
Later-stage cybersecurity startups will receive support to pilot solutions in a real-world setting and iterate the solution together with the NCSC and Plexal.
NCSC for Startups is open to startups at all stages, from pre Series A and beyond.
And you don’t have to call yourself a cybersecurity company to get involved.
We’re inviting any startup with technology-led solutions that meet our challenge areas to apply.
We’ll work with you to adapt it to a new challenge related to cybersecurity.
James Lamb and Robert Kearney from our cyber innovation team are here if you have any questions about NCSC For Startups or your application
We’re building the UK’s most connected cybersecurity ecosystem.
Our cyber innovation team delivers LORCA: an innovation programme that’s supported 72 companies from five cohorts. Members have raised over £270m in investment, generated over £42m in revenue and won more than 1,200 contracts.
We also work directly with industry and the government to connect them with innovators and build solutions to their security challenges. Our community includes security leaders, cyber startups, policymakers, investors and enterprises across the UK and around the world.
Get involved by becoming a member, joining our investor network or bringing your challenge to us.