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Applications are open for Greater Manchester’s new digital security acceleration program Prolific North

Plexal, an innovation company founded by Delancey, is today (Tuesday 16 August) opening applications for start-ups to apply for Greater Manchester’s Digital Security Hub (DiSH) new Digital Security Acceleration Program .

DiSH is provided by a consortium consisting of Barclays Eagle Labs, Lancaster University, University of Manchester and Plexal. It was launched in June 2022 with the aim of supporting 500 start-ups and creating over 1,000 jobs in Greater Manchester.

DiSH sits at the heart of Greater Manchester’s digital security ecosystem to provide workspace, growth support and connections to local digital entrepreneurs.

Led by Barclays Eagle Labs, DiSH is backed by Manchester City Council and has Lancaster University and the University of Manchester as academic partners, along with Plexal as a dedicated innovation partner.

Starting October 24 and taking place over three months, the DiSH Accelerator will offer digital security and cybersecurity businesses in Greater Manchester and the wider North West access to mentors, coaching, events, connections with industry and dedicated support to help them grow their start-up businesses.

Plexal invites early-stage startups, including startups at the seed and pre-seed investment level, to apply to the program by September 11, 2022. Plexal and Partners will not take any intellectual property or no capital from any of the startups, and there are no fees. obliged to participate.

Applicants will be able to work from the 11,000 square foot DiSH workspace. Plexal is especially keen to receive applications from startups with diverse teams, including startups led by women and other underrepresented groups.

According to the government’s latest sector analysis of the UK cyber sector, more than 1,800 cybersecurity companies generated a total of £10.1 billion in revenue. Greater Manchester, which was highlighted in the government’s upgrade white paper as a key region for new investment and economic growth, is home to several tech unicorns as well as the offices of GCHQ and has a cybersecurity sector in booming.

Its local digital security companies include Avecto, Hedgehog, NCC Group and Secarma, and it has also attracted cyber divisions of companies such as Raytheon, BAE Systems AI and Northrop Grumman, making it the fastest growing tech city in Europe.

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