Funding for start-up, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK to work with an external expert to gain the knowledge to innovate and grow. This voucher is only for cyber security advice including advice leading to certification under the Cyber Essentials Scheme.
The programme will have a total budget of £1 million.
Individual vouchers will be provided up to the value of £5,000.
Innovate UK will help winners access an expert from one of the following:
- Universities and further education colleges
- Research and technology organisations
- Technical consultancies
- Catapult centres
- Design advisers
- Intellectual property advisers
The Cyber Security Innovation Vouchers Scheme will be funded by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). The scheme will be overseen by the Government’s innovation experts at Innovate UK.
The Cyber Security Innovation Vouchers Scheme aims to protect small businesses in the UK from cyber attacks. It is designed specifically for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).
The scheme is part of a package of initiatives designed to increase the resilience of UK firms to cyber crime. The package also includes a new online learning and careers hub to help ensure the UK has the cyber skills talent pool to protect both the public and private sectors as the nation faces the reality of increasing cyber threats.
The scheme will offer increased protection for small businesses, and the new online hub will help ensure the nation has the skilled workforce in place to manage the increased pressures of the digital age.
According to the Government, the UK cyber security industry is strong and growing - worth £17.6 billion and employing more than 40,000 people – but more skilled people are needed to help protect the nation as the UK goes digital and adopts new technologies.
The new “Inspired Careers” online skills and career hub has been developed by industry body CREST and Government to tackle the skills shortage in cyber security.
The hub features careers information and advice, internship and apprenticeship opportunities, academic and professional training courses, work experience and senior level vacancies, and will be a powerful tool to promote the cyber security profession and encourage the next generation of cyber specialists to help protect the UK.
The Innovation Voucher cannot be used to fund:
- staff training;
- off-the-shelf software;
- marketing or branding items; or
- standard business advice.
Micro, small and medium sized businesses operating in the UK will be eligible to apply.
Match funding is not a stipulated requirement of this programme.
The vouchers can be used to access specialist advice to boost cyber security and protect new business ideas and intellectual property. As well as helping protect businesses from cyber attacks, the vouchers will enable firms to access services from the UK cyber security industry. This scheme will also help businesses to adopt Cyber Essentials, Government’s flagship scheme to protect businesses online.
Currently closed. The Round 14 deadline for applications was 5 January 2016.
Innovate UK has confirmed that whilst Innovation Vouchers will remain part of its suite of business support products and may be offered again in the future, there are no current plans for any new rounds. This scheme, therefore, remains closed at this stage.
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Further advice and assistance with submitting an application may be sought directly from Innovate UK.