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CSIT Labs Cohort 3 Applications Open

CSIT Labs Cohort 3 Applications Open

CSIT Labs has launched a call for applications to its third cohort. The incubator is based at Queen’s University Belfast’s Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), the UK’s national Innovation and Knowledge Centre for cybersecurity.

Teams will partake in a 9-month managed incubator programme which provides up to 3 man-months of funded engineering development resource, to take ideas and promising research in the field of cybersecurity through to investment and market ready stage. The engineering effort alone represents a £30,000 value to companies at a time when access to cybersecurity research and development resources for new ventures is particularly challenging and makes this incubator unique globally.

Cohort 2 Alumni

Six teams recently graduated from CSIT Labs Cohort 2 including AutoCANCircadian CapitalDITACAImmersive LabsCambridge Authentication and Uleska. Of those, two have already secured significant new investments to scale-up their companies and drive new international business development. You can find out more on each company by downloading CSIT’s 2017 Cohort Demo Day Lookbook here.

“It has been a pleasure to mentor the second cohort of CSIT Labs members. The maturity both of their ideas and their business acumen has progressed by leaps and bounds and I am confident that they have a great future. I look forward to watching cohort 2 progress yet further over the coming months and years.” Andrew Nicholson, Head of Open Innovation, Thales

Application process

The CSIT Labs Innovation Review Board (IRB) selects, monitors and reviews each cohort. Here is what some of them have to say about the incubator programme. Six participant teams will receive:

    • up to 3 man months (fully funded) engineering support for production/prototype/proof of concept technology
    • A series of workshops to iterate and validate the proposed market offering
    • Mentoring from a network of industry, government and venture capitalist representatives
      • Exposure to the CSIT global network

      • Promotion through existing business development activities e.g CyberUK, RSA San Francisco and Infosecurity Europe

There is now requirement to relocate to Belfast and there is no cost for programme participation, however, those based outside of Northern Ireland will be expected to fund their own travel and accommodation to the workshops and essential meetings. CSIT Labs takes no equity. Full details are available on the CSIT Labs website.

For further information, contact: Louise Cushnahan, CSIT Innovation Programme Manager, at l.cushnahan@qub.ac.uk or on +44 28 9097 1758.

Closing date for applications is 3 December 2017.