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3rd May, 2018

World-leading cyber innovation centre to be developed at Here East

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A new cyber innovation and technology centre will be developed inside Here East, creating 2,000 UK jobs in cyber security.

Based inside Plexal innovation centre at Here East, the London Cyber Innovation Centre will boost the digital enterprise activity in East London and spark the development of cutting-edge technology to prevent cyber crime in the UK. The centre is also expected to create approximately 2,000 UK jobs in cyber security.

The centre will be funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, as part of the Government’s £1.9 billion investment into online security.

Margot James, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, said:

London is the undisputed leader of European tech, with billions of investment flowing in every year and world-leading firms developing groundbreaking innovations. This new centre in the Olympic Park will build on the site’s legacy of excellence and spark a wave of creativity to develop the cyber security technology of the future and help protect the nation’s industry.

The centre will offer a tailored programme of support to at least 72 UK startups over three years, as well as public support and facilities for other startups across the country. Startups on the scheme will benefit from world-class technical and engineering support, as well as cutting-edge facilities and mentoring. They will also have access to an international network of cyber clusters to secure trade and investment from across the world.
Plexal specialises in helping high-tech startups in artificial intelligence, augmented reality and the Internet of Things. It recently launched Plexiglass, a development programme for female entrepreneurs, in partnership with Barclays and the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).
Plexal opened in June 2017 and joined a growing tech community on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, including Ford’s Smart Mobility Innovation Office, the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK and the Institute for Digital Technologies at Loughborough University London.
For more information, visit Plexal’s website here.

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