MTC, UK-Oman Digital Hub and OTF kick off the Sas Accelerator for Cybersecurity
As part of the Sas Accelerator for Cybersecurity program, the ministry of Technology and Communications in partnership with the UK-Oman Digital Hub and the Oman Technology Fund represented in OTF Techween conduct a one-week intensive boot camp in Knowledge Oasis Muscat, starting from 2nd to 6th February to boost cybersecurity capabilities and entrepreneurship skills in Oman and the Mena region.
The bootcamp is run by CyLon, which is a world-leading cybersecurity accelerator. CyLon works to find and grow in the world’s best emerging cyber businesses. Since its launch in April 2015, CyLon has successfully supported more than 100 companies and has a portfolio now valued at more than £400m.
Sas Center for Entrepreneurship is the catalyst for the program and has been supporting more than 70 tech startups in Oman over the last seven years, through its incubator and accelerator programs. In addition, the ITU Arab Regional Cyber Security Center (ITU-ARCC) is contributing its technical and network capabilities to further boost the program from a regional perspective.
OTF Techween, a pre-seed fund program founded by Oman Technology Fund, will be providing funding to the selected individuals and will be a partner in the administration of the program.
The UK-Oman digital hub is a British Embassy Muscat initiative designed to build digital skills, entrepreneurship and cyber security capability in Oman. The UK-Oman digital hub has engaged CyLon to run the Cybersecurity accelerator program.
The boot camp focuses on enabling participants to better understand how their idea can be commercialized within the cybersecurity landscape, by providing technical and business workshops and one-on-one mentorship provided by international experts in the cybersecurity and entrepreneurial fields. The bootcamp will be followed by 9 weeks of virtual mentoring and check-ins and a final bootcamp in April
The activities will include, amongst others, workshops on problem solving, value proposition identification, minimum viable product development, Lean Canvas, branding strategy creation and idea pitching skills.
The program witnessed a lot of interest with 55 ideas registered, and 12 selected to participate.