• An incubator programme designed to engineer viable ventures in cyber security.

  • Based at CSIT, the UK’s Innovation and Knowledge Centre for cyber security.

  • CSIT has 88 staff and a network of members, associates and partners.

Engineering viable ventures in cyber security.

CSIT Labs will be open to individuals and teams from:

  • UK Academia
  • UK Government organisations
  • UK start-ups

6 participant teams/founders will be provided with:

  • up to 3 man months (fully funded) engineering support for production/prototype/proof of concept technology
  • A series of workshops to iterate and validate the proposed market offering
  • Exposure to CSIT ecosystem
  • Mentoring from a network of industry, government and venture capitalist representatives
  • Promoted through existing business development activities e.g CyberUK, RSA, Infosecurity and UK Trade Missions

What’s the cost?

  • There is no cost for programme participation, however, participants based outside of Northern Ireland will be expected to fund their own travel and accommodation to the workshops and essential meetings.
  • No need to relocate for the duration of the programme
  • Participants will be required to attend (in person) a minimum of 2 engineering meetings, 4 workshops and the final CSIT labs demo day during the program timeframe.
  • CSIT labs takes no equity or share in foreground IP


  1. Candidate teams will have completed an application by 3rd December 2017
  2. Interviews to be held 10th and 11th January 2018 (via teleconference)
  3. An Innovation Review Board (IRB) will select candidates for CSIT Labs
  4. Successful candidates will be supported through 9 months Business Plan Development, mentored through an iterative innovation model and provided with 3 man months engineering development resource
  5. CSIT Labs will output well-shaped cyber start-ups ready for seed funding and/or progression onto leading global accelerator programmes

CSIT Labs 3 Programme (February to October 2018)

  • Kick off sessions with assigned engineering and commercial support
  • Regular meetings with engineering, commercial and mentor support
  • CSIT Innovation Model sessions
  • Innovation Workshop day 1 (20th February)
  • Innovation Workshop day 2 (28th March)
  • Engineering Phase (1st March – 31st August)
  • 8th Annual CSIT Cyber Summit (9-10th May)
  • Innovation Workshop day 3 (5th September)
  • Pre-demo day workshop (10th October)
  • Demo Day (11th October)

N.B. Dates may be subject to change

About CSIT

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) is the UK’s National Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) for cyber security. Based at Queen’s University Belfast CSIT is also a GCHQ-NCSC “Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research” (ACE-CSR). With a multidisciplinary team of 80+ people (academics, researchers, industry experienced engineers and business development staff) CSIT is industry focused, pursuing impact and commercial exploitation.

A critical component to the UK’s strategy for emerging technology CSIT is accelerating the exploitation of cyber security innovation and has acted as the nucleating point for an emerging Belfast cyber cluster of companies that total over 1200 new jobs created in recent years. CSIT’s activities are shaped by; Member Companies (Allstate, BAE Systems, Camlin, Direct Line Group, Equiniti, Euronext, Infosys and Thales), government stakeholders (including NCSC, GCHQ, DSTL and CAST) and a growing list of Associate Members (currently 18 SMEs). CSIT has spun out 6 new companies (Liopa, Sirona, Cognition Video, Titan IC Systems, Activ Wireless and Sensurity), is actively involved in coordinating and contributing to a number of European Research programs (Horizon 2020) and has extensive links internationally.

Established in 2009, with initial core funding from EPSRC, Innovate UK, Invest NI and Queen’s University Belfast, CSIT has proven its success. In March 2015, further ‘phase 2’ core funding of £5M from EPSRC/Innovate UK and £9M from Queen’s was announced. This will enable CSIT to leverage further funding and revenues up to £38M over the next 5 years.

CSIT Vision

We are establishing a global innovation hub for cyber security. This means; accelerating value creation, venture creation and capacity for the cyber security industry. In the coming years CSIT will focus on growth. This means working with additional partner innovators and extending activities to supply skills, training and engineering capability to the UK cyber security industry. CSIT has formalised ‘CSIT Labs’ a Cyber Incubator, CSIT has increased scale-up support for identified high growth companies and is providing leadership for the cyber cluster nucleated by CSIT.