Government-backed cyber security accelerator opens for entries

HutZero is looking to discover entrepreneurs wishing to tackle cybercrime with chance to gain skills required to "take next step in starting a business"

A new government-backed cyber security accelerator is on the hunt for entrepreneurs with business ideas on how to combat cyber-crime.

Jointly run by Cyber London (CyLon) and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), the HutZero accelerator “aims to give participants the skills and network required to take the next step in starting their business”.

20 candidates will be selected to attend HutZero’s first event; a week-long bootcamp held at CyLon’s London premises in September 2016, with a subsequent follow-up event later in the autumn.

The bootcamp will contain technical development and business fundamentals, one-to-one mentoring and co-working spaces.

Ed Vaizey, digital economy minister, said:

“The government is committed to investing in the UK’s cyber security industry so I’m pleased we’re supporting HutZero, a unique programme for talented individuals wanting to start a cyber security company in the UK.

“Working with Cyber London and CSIT who are developing this initiative, I hope HutZero will attract the most inquisitive minds from academia, industry, government and further afield. This programme will help make sure we support the next generation of innovative UK cyber security companies”.

The deadline for applications is July 18 2016, click here to apply.

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