Futurescaper's new start-up, focusing on online security issues and threats, is one of seven to join the new GCHQ Cyber Accelerator, powered by Wayra UK.

The accelerator, part of the Government’s new Cheltenham Cyber Innovation Centre, will help keep the UK secure online, enable companies to produce the next generation of cyber security systems, and boost the country’s £22 billion cyber security sector, which currently contributes around £2 billion a year in exports to the UK economy.

The accelerator is a partnership between GCHQ, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and Wayra UK, the leading UK corporate accelerator that is part of the global Telefónica Open Future_ network.

Futurescaper Cybersecurity will now begin a three-month development programme, during which it will receive help to scale all aspects of this new business, through mentoring, contact with an extensive investor network, office space within the new GCHQ Cyber Accelerator, and access to GCHQ’s world-class personnel and technical expertise.

Futurescaper's participation in this programme reinforces the company's orientation towards solving problems for Government, building on last year's inclusion in the UK government's G-Cloud 8 framework, and support to Defra that began over two years ago. 

Giorgos Georgopoulos, Futurescaper Group Managing Director, said: “When decision makers face complexity and uncertainty – as is always the case in security – there’s a risk that fear takes over and reactions become overly simplistic and ultimately ineffective. We hope our tools can help remove that fear and lead to better intelligence and decisions that make our world safer. We applied to work with GCHQ because of its unrivalled pool of talent and expertise, and we’re excited to share in their understanding of the challenge.”

Telefónica Open Future_ is a global programme designed to connect entrepreneurs, startups, investors and public and private partners around the world to capture innovation and business opportunities. Its goal is to support talent at all stages of growth through a comprehensive model for acceleration that is designed to connect talent with organisations, investors and companies.

Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is one of the three UK Intelligence and Security Agencies, along with MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). GCHQ works to protect the UK and its citizens from a range of threats to national security, including terrorism, serious and organised crime, and cyber-attack.

Norval Scott, Head of PR and Communications, Wayra UK and Telefónica Open Future_ (UK): e: norval.scott@wayra.org m: +44 (0) 7860 760 841

Futurescaper creates tools for intelligence applications, strategic conversations, foresight analysis, and stakeholder engagement. Futurescaper’s online collective intelligence platform helps organisations crowdsource insights faster, cheaper, and more effectively, with data visualisations that help make sense of complex, uncertain, or volatile issues. Contact: info@futurescaper.com