Cyber 101: Business skills bootcamps for cyber security SMEs

Calling cyber security SMEs, apply to take part and receive business mentoring

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cyber 101Digital Catapult wants to hear from small and medium-sized cyber security companies that are interested in receiving mentorship, raising capital and accessing a wider network of public and private customers.

Register below to participate in the 2018/19 programme, taking place across the UK. New dates will be added throughout the year, so even if you cannot make the below workshops register your interest to receive updates about later dates.


Cyber 101 is a national programme running from January 2017 – March 2021 as part of DCMS funded activity to grow the UK’s cyber security sector and the capability of cyber security SMEs. This programme is linked to the Develop strand of UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy, a series of activities that will be supported by £1.9bn public investment over the next five years.

Who should apply?

We are interested in hearing from cyber security companies operating across all UK sectors with existing product or service offerings linked to the following categories:

  • SCADA and ICS
  • Information risk management
  • Perimeter security
  • Network security
  • Application security
  • Access control
  • Cyber industry support services
  • Training, awareness and education
  • Incident response and management
  • Monitoring, detection and analysis

The bootcamps are aimed at both established start-ups looking to refine their business propositions, and more mature SMEs seeking feedback on their business practices and advice on how to grow their market share and client base.

Benefits of attending

Successful applicants will be invited to an intensive one-day workshop during which attendees will receive tailored advice on a diverse range of topics linked to establishing and growing a successful cyber security business.

The training is designed to help support cyber security enterprises hone their business skills in an open innovation environment powered by peer-to-peer learning and mentorship. Thus each of the above topics will be followed by 2-to-1 mentoring sessions with the presenter, allowing SMEs to build close connections with their peers as well as the mentors.

Furthermore, selected companies that successfully complete the workshop will be shortlisted for an annual Demo Day, which will provide a direct opportunity to pitch to potential customers and investors. The Demo Day will be facilitated by Inogesis (formerly VTC)The Accelerator Network and White Horse Capital.

Dates, times and locations

Submit your application to Cyber 101 via the form below.

Places will be allocated to those with the most appropriate needs, expertise, services and products in line with the Open Call.

We aim to respond to all applications within 7 days of the call closing. However we will review applications on receipt and may allocate places before the closing date.

Successful applicants will be invited to a brief telephone interview to judge suitability. Please be advised that experts from the Cyber 101 team will assess applications using 3 criteria: fit to Cyber 101 requirements, domain expertise, and maturity. Assessment is based on application content only.

The workshops will take place on the following dates:

  • London, 25 May 2018 – applications close 11 May 2018.
  • Edinburgh, 15 June 2018 – applications close 1 June 2018.
  • London, 29 June 2018 – applications close 15 June 2018.
  • London, 13 September 2018 – applications close 30 August 2018.
  • London, 7 November 2018 – applications close 24 October 2018.
  • London, 7 February 2019 – applications close 24 January 2019.

Applicants should select the most appropriate workshop location and session using the drop-down below.



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At what stage is your organisation?
How is your innovation relevant to the subject matter, and do you currently have a product or service being deployed in this space? (400 characters max)
What is your reason for seeking business advice at this point of your business? (400 characters max)
What are you looking to get out of attending a bootcamp? (400 characters max)
Have you taken part in any of the following programmes?
Bootcamp attendance is open to two attendees per company. Who would accompany you if you are selected? (400 characters max)
How did you hear about Cyber 101?
Are you happy for Digital Catapult to contact you about opportunities and initiatives that might be of interest to you?