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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

You don’t have to be a cyber expert to join our programme. We need people with commercial, product, and/or software development support to be part of the venture building programme. Your skills will create the venture around the idea, build commerciality and drive success.

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Join a team Passion for solving problems?

Are you an enthusiastic and energetic individual with a passion for solving problems? The startup journey may be for you. 

We know the idea of starting your own business can be scary. You might have no idea how it would work.

That’s why we’re here. Get in touch and we’ll talk you through it.

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Is the startup journey for you?

  • Passion for Problem Solving: Are you an enthusiastic and energetic individual with a passion for solving complex problems?

  • Innovative Thinker: Do you have a creative and innovative mindset, always seeking novel solutions to complex challenges?

  • Collaborative Team Player: Do you work best in a team, enjoy sharing knowledge, and collective problem-solving?

  • Entrepreneurial Spirit: Do you have an entrepreneurial drive, take initiative, and take risks in pursuit of innovative solutions?

  • Continuous Learner: Are you passionate about learning and self-improvement to stay ahead in the rapidly evolving landscape?

  • Agile and Resourceful: Can you work efficiently with limited resources, embracing agility and resourcefulness to achieve goals?

  • Startup Mindset: Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and ever-changing startup environment, adapting quickly to evolving requirements?

  • Effective Communicator: Do you possess strong communication skills to convey complex concepts to diverse stakeholders?

  • Commitment and Dedication: Are you driven by contributing to the success of the startup team and its long-term initiatives?

The Cyber Innovation Hub is a gateway to a thriving entrepreneurial journey in the cybersecurity domain.

How could I benefit from joining a start-up in cyber innovation?

Accelerated Learning and Growth

Joining a start-up offers an unparalleled opportunity for accelerated learning and personal growth. In a dynamic and agile environment, you are exposed to a wide range of challenging projects, allowing you to develop a diverse skill set quickly. With limited hierarchies, team members often take on multiple roles, enabling you to gain hands-on experience in various aspects of cybersecurity. This immersion in real-world problem-solving fosters rapid skill development and builds an entrepreneurial mindset.

Make a Tangible Impact

Start-ups present a unique opportunity for you to make a tangible impact from day one. As part of a small team, your contributions directly influence the company’s success. This sense of ownership and responsibility gives a deep sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Start-up culture encourages innovation and creativity, giving you the freedom to propose and implement ideas. Seeing your efforts translate into real-world advancements can be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling.

Thrive in a Dynamic and Exciting Environment

For those who thrive in fast-paced and exciting settings, joining a start-up can be invigorating. The ever-changing cybersecurity landscape demands adaptability and quick thinking, keeping you engaged and motivated. The collaborative nature of a start-up team creates an environment that is motivating and enjoyable. It also offers the chance to work with visionary leaders, industry experts, and potential investors, providing unparalleled networking opportunities that can shape your future career trajectory.

My decision to join the Cyber Innovation Hub programme stemmed from a longstanding aspiration to establish my own company. The programme gives you a range of valuable tools and methods to build a successful start-up giving you more of a chance of succeeding. Prior to the programme I had very limited cyber knowledge but within just 2 weeks I was having conversations with experts in the cyber industry and could actually understand them! The programme is great – from interacting with cyber industry and academic experts to soaking up wisdom from inspiring founders, and not to mention the priceless advice from people who have been there and done it! I couldn’t recommend it more to aspiring entrepreneurs. 

Ewan Deeley CIH Founder

In 12 months you could be running your own business. What are you waiting for?

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The Venture Building Programme

The Cyber Innovation Hub Venture Building Programme offers successful challenge responders the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive 12-month incubation program. Run by the reputable Alacrity Foundation in Newport, this program aims to equip participants with the necessary skills and guidance to create a viable business with a market-ready cybersecurity solution.

Through strategic partnerships and expert mentorship, teams are guided through crucial stages of development, including ideation, product development, testing, marketing, and revenue generation. The hands-on approach ensures that participants gain practical knowledge and experience, setting the foundation for a successful entrepreneurial journey.

We support the ideas people with cyber domain expertise, and entrepreneurs with commercial know-how, to work together and take the spark of a concept to a fully-fledged commercial venture within 12 months, that will grow and scale to solve local cyber problems, but also trade across the world.

By match-making people with innovative ideas on how to solve cyber challenges, with teams on the entrepreneurship programme at the Alacrity Foundation, there is sufficient balance from a tech, cyber, commercial and business skillset to help create a viable company.

As part of the innovation programme, participants will receive a monthly stipend of £1,500 to assist with living and program-related costs. This financial support allows team members to fully immerse themselves in the entrepreneurial journey without the burden of immediate financial constraints.

Additionally, joining the programme opens doors to valuable networking opportunities within Cardiff University and the wider tech ecosystem through TramShed Tech. Participants gain access to research expertise, incubator experiences, and physical space at TramShed Tech and the Alacrity Foundation, fostering a collaborative environment for innovation and growth.

Throughout the duration of the programme, teams benefit from invaluable support from industry partners. This ensures that market viability remains at the forefront of the development process, increasing the likelihood of successful business outcomes.

The Cyber Innovation Hub’s ongoing efforts to design and implement cybersecurity testbeds in the innovative Sbarc|Spark building present additional opportunities for real-world testing and validation of cybersecurity solutions. By leveraging these resources and expertise, participants gain a competitive advantage in the cybersecurity landscape, setting them up for success in the market.

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