Tech Nation, the UK’s leading network for ambitious tech entrepreneurs has announced the 20 fast-growth cyber scaleups accepted onto their first national cyber security growth programme.

Funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and supported by global cyber security market-leaders Tessian, Digital Shadows, Darktrace and CensorNet, the six-month programme is aimed at helping to accelerate the growth of the UK’s most exciting cyber security businesses.

The breadth of innovation and application amongst the 20-strong cohort is testament to the UK’s world-leading cyber security and broader technology sectors.

From machine learning and blockchain, to biometrics and cloud solutions, the Tech Nation Cyber cohort are utilising bleeding-edge technologies to offer clients new ways to improve security, and protect businesses and individuals online.

The companies will benefit from a series of workshops held across the UK, led by industry leaders such as Digital Shadows co-founder James Chappell, Darktrace co-founders Emily Orton and Dave Palmer and Deep3 co-founder and CEO Richard Yorke.

The programme will also include meetups and networking support, to help the scaleups navigate common barriers to growth, with guidance on everything from how to recruit the right talent to meeting goals for international expansion.

It will also provide them with a powerful network of peers, investors and potential clients.

Of the 20 businesses joining the programme, 45% are based outside of London, with cohort headquarters located in nine different cities across the UK (Reading, Belfast, Cheltenham, London, Glasgow, Bristol, Cardiff, Caerphilly and Brighton & Hove).

Kicking off at the Farncombe Estate in the Cotswolds on 2nd/3rd May, the programme will be launched by market-leading experts within the cyber security space, with speakers including: Dave Palmer, Director of Technology at Darktrace, James Chappell, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Digital Shadows, and James Hadley, CEO of Immersive Labs.