Welsh tech firms selected for national cyber scheme

They are among 20 companies to make the inaugural cohort of  Tech Nation Cyber, a sector-specific scaleup programme that will last from May to late September.

The programme will provide the firms with a range of carefully planned workshops, mentoring sessions with experienced founders and peer-to-peer learning to help them respond to scaleup challenges.

Margot James, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, commented: “Congratulations to all the firms selected for this new programme which shows the depth of tech talent right across the country. T

“This important scheme will not only allow promising cyber security startups to access world-class expert advice but also help us achieve our aim of making Britain the safest place in the world to be online.”

Tech Nation Cyber is set to kick off at the Farncombe Estate in the Cotswolds on 2–3 May, with speakers including Dave Palmer, director of technology and Emily Orton, CMO at Darktrace; James Chappell, founder and chief innovation officer at Digital Shadows; and James Hadley, CEO of Immersive Labs.

Based in Caerphilly, Awen Collective develops digital forensics software solutions for industrial control systems, robotics and internet-of-things devices.

Meanwhile, Bridgend’s Fortium Technologies provides solutions to keep sensitive content secure from hackers, pirates and unintentional distribution within the media and entertainment sectors.

Kevin Foster, UK Government minister for Wales, said: “Cyber security represents an increasingly important part of our daily lives, and Wales already plays a leading role in keeping our data and systems safe while training up the next generation of experts.

“This programme will initially support two Welsh companies in Caerphilly and Cardiff in developing their potential and I look forward to seeing other companies from across Wales getting involved in the future.”