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DCMS launches cyber innovation centre for startups

The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have teamed up to launch a cyber innovation centre for startup companies.

The centre, which is called Accelerator, will help startup companies to develop new cyber security systems to protect the UK from cyber-attacks.

Accelerator is part of the Government’s £1.9 billion National Cyber Security programme, which aims to strengthen the UK’s cyber defences and boost its cyber security sector.

Access

Accelerator will be based in Cheltenham and is set to open around the New Year. The centre is the first of two, with the second being expected to open in London in 2017.

DCMS and GCHQ will be partnering with Wayra UK, which is part of the Telefónica Open Future programme, to launch the centre. Wayra UK will be running the centre, providing opportunities for startup companies.

The centres will receive £50 million over the next five years to fund startups and provide them with access to GCHQ’s experts and technologies. Applications from startups are now being accepted for both centres.

Progress

Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock MP, commented: “We are making progress in our ambitious programme to support innovation in cyber security, grow the UK’s thriving sector and protect Britain from cyber attacks and threats.”

He added: “Our two new Cyber Innovation Centres will bring together government, academic and business expertise, and will be invaluable in helping support startup companies and develop world-class cyber technology.”


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