Cyber security academic startup accelerator programme: phase one

The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) will work with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £800,000 in innovative cyber security projects coming from an academic research base.

The aim of this competition is to identify the most promising commercial opportunities in academia in respect to cyber security. Your proposal must include the area of your research, the problem that you are solving and your proposed solution. Your project’s total costs must be up to £32,000 with up to £16,000 allocated to stage 1 and £16,000 to stage 2

The Cyber Security Academic Startup Accelerator Programme (CyberASAP) is a 1-year programme.

This is phase 1 of a 2-phase competition.

Phase 1 will last up to 4 months, split into 2 stages:

  • Stage 1: An initial 2 months for value proposition development activities, followed by a presentation to an independent judging panel who will select teams to go to stage 2
  • Stage 2: A further 2 months for market validation activities

Phase 1 will determine the value of the idea and, if appropriate, identify the best commercial route to progress. The programme will be supported by industry experts, including some from cyber security.

This competition has two funding strands for entry:

  1. Security of Digital Technologies at the Periphery (SDTaP) – commercialisation strand.
  2. Open strand.

more info:

Competition overview – Cyber security academic startup accelerator programme: phase 1 – Innovation Funding Service (

Category Data & digital solutions
Application period 27/03/2023 — 19/04/2023