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If you’re a cybersecurity scaleup, LORCA wants to help you grow.

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WHY APPLY

Over 12 months, we’ll give members bespoke support to help you develop your cyber solutions, make the right connections with industry and expand into UK and international markets.

And we won’t take any equity or ownership over your IP. All we’re interested in is helping you scale.

If you’d like to register early interest for cohort six so you’re the first to know when applications open, just email us on info@lorca.co.uk

LORCA takes zero equity from members

Soft landing programmes and bespoke trade missions

Business mentoring

Free desk space at the Plexal innovation centre and coworking space, and all the benefits of being a member 

Connections to investors and industry buyers through showcases and exclusive member events

Engineering support from CSIT and access to its testing facilities

Remote access to Deloitte’s testing facilities and technical cyber expertise

Workshops and education sessions on marketing, recruitment, legal issues and more that are designed around our members’ needs. These are currently being delivered remotely.

Innovation themes

 

After speaking to investors and buyers from industry, it’s clear that we need to use a range of technologies to keep businesses, people and our cyber-physical infrastructures secure. This ecosystem is the next wave of cybersecurity innovation, and at LORCA we’re determined to make it arrive sooner rather than later.

Enter our innovation themes: Connected Economy, Connected Everyone and Connected Everything.

For our fifth accelerator, we recruiting companies with solutions that relate to one or more of these innovation themes.

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Connected Economy

 

In a post-breach world where technology is disrupting business models and our economy is more connected than ever, cybersecurity isn’t just about protecting data: it’s key to enabling sustainable growth.

How can we enable organisations to stay resilient in the face of security threats across their supply chains and networks? And how can they futureproof themselves by building security into everything they do?

For example, your solution could fall under one of these categories:

  • Supply chain security
  • Secure by design
  • Remote working and virtual teams

Connected Everyone

 

Our homes, workspaces, cities and personal space have never been so connected, yet the movement to secure them is in its infancy.

How can we empower people to feel in control of their digital presence, build trust in technology and make sure nobody is left out?

For example, your solution could fall under one of these categories:

  • Securing the citizen
  • Data privacy
  • Disinformation
Connected Everyone
Connected Everything

Connected Everything

 

From our transport infrastructure to the National Grid, our digital and physical worlds are converging as they become connected to the internet at lightning pace.  

With so much to win and lose for society, how can we solve the multi-dimensional security challenges which are emerging through hyper connectivity?  And how can we collaborate with a broader spectrum of fields to build cyber principles into every access point for the internet?

For example, your solution could fall under one of these categories: 

  • Software defined security approaches 
  • Mobile device management/unified endpoint management
  • Operational resilience of critical infrastructure, public services and cyber-physical systems

CRITERIA FOR APPLYING

 

You should be able to demonstrate that:

  • your solution is relevant to one of our innovation tracks: Connected Economy, Connected Everyone or Connected Everything
  • you’re at a later stage of maturity (for example, you have your first customers and are generating revenue or approaching larger funding rounds)
  • you’re ready to scale and know what support you need
  • how unique or innovative your solution is relative to what’s on the market

We’re especially keen to hear from companies with a leadership team made up of people from under-represented groups.

FAQ

LORCA is the UK’s home for industry-led cybersecurity innovation. We support the most promising cybersecurity innovators in scaling and growing solutions to meet the most pressing industry and societal challenges.

LORCA brings together innovators, corporates, investors, academics and engineers to maximise the commercial potential of great cyber solutions, minimise the barriers to scale and make the internet safer for everyone.

LORCA is a partnership between Plexal, Deloitte and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University Belfast and is funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

Our corporate partners include Lloyds Banking Group, Dell Technologies, Kudelski Security, Kx and the Global Cyber Alliance.

Our professional services partners include Idea East, Informed Funding, AHL Connect, Kemp Little and Sales for Startups.

Based at the Here East campus in east London, Plexal is the innovation centre and 68,000 square foot coworking space that’s home to over 1,000 innovators from sectors like mobility, VR, healthtech, edtech, robotics, social inclusion and more. Members enjoy community events (everything from pizza nights to yoga classes), get access to 3D printing and laser cutting equipment at the on-site Barclays Eagle Lab at Plexal and can make use of facilities like bike racks, showers and indoor street food stalls.

Plexal’s innovation consultancy team delivers bespoke programmes, accelerators, hackathons and in-market experiments for clients like BT, Innovate UK and Transport for London.

Deloitte is one of the world’s largest cyber security consultancy firms. Globally there are 3,000 professionals in its Cyber Risk Services division, which includes 280 based in the UK.

CSIT is the UK’s Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) for cybersecurity and the UK’s largest cybersecurity focused university technology research, development and innovation centre. Its work is focused on areas such as:

  • Quantum-safe cryptographic architectures
  • Malware detection methods that can counteract advanced evasion technologies
  • Securing highly distributed networks for critical infrastructures
  • AI-enabled security analytics to provide real-time threat indicators

Members get a year of bespoke support designed to help them:

  • grow their business in the UK and in international markets
  • address the barriers to scaling
  • achieve a better product-market fit and understand what investors and industry really want
  • engineer and iterate their solution

LORCA takes zero equity or IP from members, and the benefits include:

  • workshops and individually designed one-to-one support on sales and business development, marketing and design, legal issues, lead generation and investment readiness
  • remote access to Deloitte’s testing facilities and technical cyber expertise
  • engineering support from CSIT and access to its testing facilities
  • lead generation support
  • soft landing programmes and bespoke trade missions
  • connections to investors and industry buyers, including our corporate partners Lloyds Banking Group, Dell Technologies, Kudelski Security, Kx and the Global Cyber Alliance
  • Free desk space at the Plexal innovation centre and coworking space in London where over 1,000 tech entrepreneurs are based (each company will have 2-3 dedicated desks for free)
  • Peer networking, learning and trading opportunities

        And once you’re part of our cyber ecosystem, you’re always part of our cyber ecosystem. Many alumni members come back for events and networking. 

        CSIT’s facilities and infrastructure include:

        • CSIT Experimental Test Network, comprising 10Gbit/s backbone, multiple 10Gbit/s subnets for experimental security research in Network, SDN, DDoS attacks, IoT, ICS and SCADA, web, and cyber-physical security. Air-gapped from the QUB campus network with separate access to the internet, this enables experimental studies of various attack strategies and scenarios for detection and mitigation purposes. Virtualised, sandboxed environments can be provisioned with state-of-the-art monitoring and traffic capture technologies, terabyte storage and an extensive repository of IP traffic to enable the rapid replay and study of complex multi-stage attacks. The facilities are available for industry training, capture-the-flag competitions, demos and penetration testing.
        • CSIT Malware Analytics Lab, featuring an remotely deployable and reconfigurable (with fresh OS) PCs, mobiles (Android), servers and VM images and state-of-the-art malware analysis and reverse engineering tools operated within a virtualised, sandboxed environment. These facilities enable the analysis of various malware and botnet families such as Zeus and Citadel, as well as emerging ransomware.
        • CSIT ICS Security Lab. This smart grid cyber-physical testbed comprises a DC motor driven generator that can be synchronised to the mains using ICT control and communications. This is used for experiments using IEEE C37 and IEEE 61850 communications to study resilient control strategies for physical operation under stressed cyber conditions.
        • CSIT Data Security and Authentication Lab. Equipped with a range of hardware and software tools for addressing all aspects of hardware-related security challenges, the PUF testbed comprises 240 parallel FPGAs, 100 low end Cortex-M0 MCUs and 100 midrange Cortex-M4 MCUs. A dedicated temperature chamber permits the evaluation of various PUF architectures and technologies across different conditions. Side-channel analysis facilities enable power and EM analytics and comprise a high-performance digital oscilloscope, power supply units, signal generators, a programmable EM scanner and a dedicated GPU rig for computationally intensive analysis.

        Deloitte’s Cyber Intelligence Centre (CIC) is based in Reading and provides cyber security managed services to a number of clients. Its Managing a Security Operations and Intelligence Centre provides an ideal platform to test and validate new products and services. Available equipment with the CIC includes:

        • two IBM Power 8 mainframes
        • one Minsky AI (supercomputer)
        • four ESX x86 environments
        • 10GB network
        • one petabyte storage area network
        • multiple VPN services
        • dedicated high-speed link
        • Core Cisco network
        • Cisco ASA Firewalls
        • Hadoop Cluster
        • Spark Cluster (analytics)
        • Arcsight implementation
        • QRadar implementation
        • Trend DDI implementation
        • IR testing environment
        • Forensics testing environment
        • Baracuda network sampling
        • Bluecoat network sampling
        • Multiple Microsoft testing domains
        • Threat intelligence environment
        • Penetration testing environment
        • Malware research network
        • Provision for ICS/IOT testing

        Deloitte canalso provide access to Codex Gigas: the world’s largest available malware data set. Codex Gigas is a malware profiling search engine that allows malware hunters and analysts to truly interrogate the internals of malware and perform searches over a large number of file characteristics.

        Our 12-month accelerator is open to applicants from around the world (you just need to be UK-registered by 1 July when you join).

        You should be:

        • a fast-growth tech company with a unique or innovative solution that matches our innovation themes
        • a revenue-generating business and/or have raised capital

        We’re especially keen to hear from companies with a leadership team made up of people from under-represented groups.

        No. Neither Plexal, LORCA nor our partners take any equity, or require cohort members to share their intellectual property.

        While there is no direct additional funding provided to participants through the programme, our Innovation and Finance Forums (which bring together corporate buyers and investors respectively) are designed to help facilitate paths to additional funding and investment for members.

        Please note that while there is no direct funding available, the support cohort members receive falls within the European Commission State Aid rules.

        We appreciate that many members are self-isolating right now because of COVID-19 (or come from different parts of the world), so all our course curriculum and some events are being delivered remotely.

        What our cohort says about us…

         Risk Ledger:

         

        “At the minute most buyers react badly to vendor approaches unless they are introduced, or the vendor has some credibility and so LORCA is a nice way to facilitate that.

        “The programme is light-touch but maximum-impact. We’re able to continue growing the rest of the company and keep our focus where it needs to be while capitalising on a lot of the support LORCA offers. For companies at our stage, we tend to find that accelerators are either too high-touch (they detract from other aspects of running a company) or don’t offer any real support apart from a badge. LORCA has struck a nice balance.”

        VIVIDA

         

        “LORCA has had an immediate impact on our business. They established a relationship that resulted in a new enterprise client within weeks. The knowledge sharing has helped us develop our leadership team’s approach to market and form a close network of allies within the industry.”

         Messagenius:

         

        “LORCA is the best innovation programme that we’ve taken part in for one main reason: people, people, people. LORCA’s team is always supportive, efficient, available and pragmatic. The people LORCA has introduced us to are top-notch experts and great professionals.’’

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