• 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

Candidate teams will be provided with:

  • 6 participants to receive 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 and Infosecurity

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 accomodation to the workshops and essential meetings.
  • Participants will be required to attend (in person) a minimum of 2 engineering meetings, 3 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 January 11th 2017
  2. An Innovation Review Board (IRB) will select candidates for CSIT Labs
  3. 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
  4. CSIT Labs will output well-shaped cyber start-ups ready for seed funding and/or progression onto leading global accelerator programmes

CSIT LABS Programme (January to September 2017)

  • 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 (week commencing 6th February 2017)
  • Innovation Workshop day 2 (week commencing 20th February 2017)
  • Engineering Phase (3rd April – 31st August 2017)
  • 7th Annual Cyber Summit (9-10th May 2017)
  • Innovation Workshop day 3 (week commencing 29th August 2017)
  • Demo Day (5th October 2017)

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 an “Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research” (ACE-CSR). With a multidisciplinary team of 88 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 1000 new jobs created in recent years. CSIT’s activities are shaped by; Member Companies (Allstate, BAE Systems, Camlin, Equiniti, Euronext, IBM, Intel, Roke and Thales), government stakeholders (including NCSC, GCHQ, DSTL, CAST and CPNI) 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.