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About the program
Sas Center for Entrepreneurship has teamed up with the UK-Oman Digital Hub, CyLon Spark and OTF Techween to run the first Cybersecurity early-stage accelerator program in the MENA region. The intensive short-term program aims to support individuals at the very early stage of their entrepreneurial journey by equipping them with the technical and business knowledge they need to enter the market.
CyLon Spark, which is specifically designed for individuals with ideas, rather than established companies, is an initiative from CyLon. CyLon, a world-leading cybersecurity accelerator finds, grows and invests in the world’s best emerging cyber businesses. From hubs in London and Singapore CyLon connects cyber companies to a diverse global community of buyers, investors and advisors.
Since its launch in April 2015, CyLon has successfully supported more than 100 companies and has a portfolio now valued at more than £400m. CyLon alumni have created more than 350 new jobs and have raised over £150m of follow-on funding.
This partnership builds on Oman’s growing reputation in the cybersecurity field in the region. As well as Digital Hub’s high profile initiatives in the local cyber ecosystem. This program will connect Sas Center for Entrepreneurship and its entrepreneurs and mentors, to a leading global cybersecurity accelerator program and international mentors and experts.
OTF Techween, is a pre-seed fund program founded by the Oman Technology Fund (OTF), which will be providing funding to the selected individuals and will be a partner in the administration of the program. OTF is an Omani independent and government backed entity that aims to become an innovation hub in the region and to position Oman as the preferred destination for national and international tech startups.