Accelerators

Angel Kings’ Cybersecurity Accelerator (USA) Angel Kings’ Cybersecurity Investment Fund is selecting 3 top cyber security start-ups to join our cyber security accelerator.  This accelerator is located in the heart of Washington DC – the center of cyber security tech, policy and innovation.

CyLon (UK) – has a three-month accelerator programme offers some of Europe’s most promising entrepreneurs the training necessary to build and grow a successful cyber security company. Alongside an intensive professional curriculum, Cyber London’s participants also receive personal guidance and support from an accomplished network of mentors. Their programme culminates with a Demo Day, allowing participants to present their products, progress and potential to a range of partners and investors.

Their incubator space supports more advanced cyber security companies looking to take their businesses to the next level. For the duration of the programme, our incubator teams access the benefits of Cyber London’s unique network and expertise whilst they focus on business and product development. Both the accelerator and incubator are housed in fully-furnished, modern office space in London.

Level 39 (UK) – is the largest technology accelerator of its kind in Europe and has become London’s predominant community for financial technology and cyber security innovation. It is also growing as a centre for retail and future cities technology. It was established by Canary Wharf Group plc in March 2013 to offer growing tech businesses unrivalled access to office, event and social facilities, plus introductions to potential new customers, partners, mentors, talent and investors.

INCIBE (Spain) – as a reference national centre, INCIBE’s objectives include developing cyber security as an engine for social transformation and an opportunity for innovation. In this context, INCIBE is launching, along with the Agency for Economic Development of the Government of Castilla y León, the First Cyber security Project and Start-up Accelerator Programme.

MassChallenge (UK and USA) has a mission to catalyze a startup renaissance. They help early startups win and connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need to launch and succeed immediately. Their primary activities include running an annual global accelerator program and start-up competition, documenting and organizing key resources, and organizing training and networking events.

MACH37™ (USA) – is America’s premier market-centric cyber security accelerator. The Accelerator is designed to facilitate the creation of the next generation of cyber security product companies. MACH37™’s unique program design places heavy emphasis on the validation of product ideas and the development of relationships that produce an initial customer base and investment capital.

MACH37™ – is located at the Center for Innovative Technology. The Accelerator is operated by the MACH37™ partners. Mach 37 refers to “escape velocity,” the minimum velocity needed to escape earth’s gravitational field.  We felt that this was an apt term for our accelerator, because newly launched technology companies must push past forces that inherently prevent their growth

Microsoft Ventures – Microsoft’s start-up investment arm, is to set up its first accelerator dedicated solely to companies in the cyber security area. The four-month programme aims to provide start-ups with tools to succeed in business, from mentorship to help with development to marketing expertise. Companies that get through the program will have an opportunity to get $1m in funding, courtesy of Jerusalem Ventures Partners (JVP), which has partnered with Microsoft Ventures on the project.

Now in its third year of operations, Microsoft Ventures’ accelerators have hosted dozens of start-ups in the six cities across the world where it now operates — starting out in Tel Aviv, where the model for the franchise was first developed.

Companies in the Ventures Accelerator programs get to work with mentors who teach them the tricks of the trade — how to develop a presentation, how to reach and appeal to investors, and how to navigate a company towards an exit. The 40 companies that have graduated from the accelerator in the past two years have raised an average of over a $1m each.

Microsoft Ventures and Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) (Israel) – Israel’s leading venture capital firm and largest early-stage cyber-security investor -announced today they will jointly establish Microsoft Ventures’ first-ever start-up accelerator in the field of cyber-security.

The accelerator’s 4-month program will provide start-ups with mentorship and market expertise from leading industry executives, free tools and everything necessary to help accelerate their business and create breakthroughs in cyber technology and services. The joint program will focus on enabling cyber-security start-ups to create products and services providing solutions to the world’s most pressing cyber-security threats. Through the accelerator process, companies will take a significant leap into validating their value proposition and honing in their strategy.

Six to eight start-ups will be accepted in this batch, with JVP Cyber Labs taking part in the start-up selection process, and mentoring. JVP Cyber Labs commits to offer a $1M investment* to one of the promising start-ups at the end of the accelerator program, together with a place in its incubator – JVP’s early stage investment vehicle dedicated to cyber-security start-ups located in Israel’s cyber epicentre, Be’er Sheva.

The Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Tel-Aviv has operated since April 2012. 85% of its graduates raised $1.2M on average, during the program or shortly after graduation. Two graduates have also been acquired in recent months: – Kitlocate and Appixia.

Strategic Cyber Ventures – a group of veteran cybersecurity professionals have joined forces to form a new investment fund focused on investing in innovative cybersecurity startups. The new firm, is headed by former Trend Micro Chief Cybersecurity Officer Tom Kellermann, who is serving as Chief Executive Officer.

Ann Barron-DiCamillo, who is leaving her post as Director of US-CERT, will join the firm as Chief Technology Officer (CTO), along with Hank Thomas, a former Director at Booz Allen Hamilton, who will serve as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Headquartered in Washington, D.C. and funded through a partnership with Hudson Bay Capital, Kellermann says his firm will be much more than just an investor, and that it will provide pro-bono services along with its cash investments to assist in the development and expansion of next-generation cybersecurity companies. These services include advising on product roadmaps, strategic partnerships, business development, regulatory relations and more.

Wayra (Spain and Latin America) – is Telefónica’s start-up accelerator. They help the best entrepreneurs grow and build successful businesses. Their acceleration programme gives funding up to $50,000, an incredible place to work, mentors, business partners, access to a global network of talent and the opportunity to reach millions of Telefónica customers.