Tech startups will have the chance to join the UK’s cyber security experts in the mission to keep the country safe online due to a new initiative.

Using the Cheltenham Science Festival, GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has formally opened applications for NCSC for Startups - where tech companies can apply to help develop products to defend critical areas of the UK’s economy and society. 

Those accepted will develop and pilot technology to protect the country from malicious activity, including ransomware and phishing attacks.

Chris Ensor, NCSC Deputy Director for Cyber Growth, said:

“We want to work with the UK’s thriving cyber security industry to explore new ideas that will make the UK the safest place to live and work online.

“NCSC for Startups offers the potential for even greater collaboration than ever before, and I would encourage startups to come forward and help us in our mission.”

NCSC for Startups is the successor to the NCSC Cyber Accelerator, a program that helped more than 40 tech companies raise in excess of £100m in external investments. 

Startups chosen will also receive support from NCSC and GCHQ experts and NCSC partner Plexal.


PrivSec Global

Register to PrivSec Global and hear “Engaging Your Line of Business for Cybersecurity Initiatives,” on June 22 at 9:00am BST | 10:00am CEST | 4:00pm HK.

Speakers include:

  • Scott Bridgen, Head of GRC, One Trust

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