Innovation centre Plexal, which delivers LORCA, the government-backed cybersecurity programme, has announced new partnerships with the Global Cyber Alliance, City of New York, and the New York Economic Development Corporation.

The partnerships are designed to help cybersecurity companies scale internationally while also expanding Plexal’s role as a major global cybersecurity cluster.

The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) is a global, collaborative non-profit dedicated to reducing cyber risk. It has an extensive network of dedicated partners around the world and brings a wealth of cybersecurity expertise from government and the private sector to share with Plexal members and members of the LORCA cohort to help them shape their products into viable solutions that solve real-world cyber challenges.

Plexal’s partnership with the City of New York Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer and the New York Economic Development Corporation will see Plexal be the UK lead for the NYCx Cybersecurity Moonshot Challenge, with a focus on creating better cybersecurity solutions for SMEs.

Plexal will both ensure UK innovators are well represented as challenge participants and also act as the primary UK landing pad for challenge winners. Plexal will provide consultation, demo opportunities and a base for winners to develop in the UK through free coworking space and support at Plexal’s hub at Here East, London.

Andrew Roughan, managing director of Plexal, said: “Sharing knowledge and being open to cooperation between global cyber innovators and industry is more important than ever.

“We’re looking forward to deepening our links with new global partners and acting as the UK landing pad and connector.

“These important partnerships with the New York Development Corporation and the Global Cyber Alliance will mean the emerging cyber stars we support can have even greater direct access to new markets and the networks they need to succeed.”