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LORCA, the London-based, UK government-backed cyber-security innovation scheme, has launched LORCA Live. Running this week, it’s the annual showcase for UK cyber startups, and that this year will be a week-long virtual conference.

The conference, which will include a daily live broadcast from Plexal on the site of the 2012 Olympics, pictured, has a podcast series, virtual workshops for entrepreneurs, video interviews with leaders in cyber hubs, and written thought leadership content. Four themes are: the new risk landscape caused by the global health pandemic, growing of the UK cyber ecosystem, emerging security challenges faced by industry and the future of skills and employment for the cybersecurity sector .

Nearly 60 speakers and contributors will be taking part, from September 14 to 18, including from academia – Oxford Internet Institute, University of Cambridge, Queen’s University Belfast; law enforcement – GCHQ, MI5, and the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC); cyber scale-ups – Darktrace and Digital Shadows; cyber-security corporates – BAE Systems, IBM, BlueVoyant; investors – Accel, Beringea, Paladin Capital and the government.

The 72 cohort companies supported by LORCA over the last two years will also feature, providing video showcases of their services and solutions and engaging in digital networking throughout the week. LORCA Live will examine issues such as electoral interference, disinformation, sharing public health data and cyber warfare.

Speakers from beyond the cyber sector include Russ Shaw, the founder of Tech London Advocates, William Dixon, Head of Future Networks and Technology at the World Economic Forum and Miles Jacobson, Studio Director at Sports Interactive – the company behind global games phenomenon Football Manager.

LORCA announced that cohort companies had attracted more than £150m in growth capital just two years after it was founded. LORCA cohort company fundraising accounts for 69pc of all cyber investment raised in the UK since the country went into lockdown.


Delivered by Plexal, the and workspace set up by Delancey, alongside Deloitte and CSIT at Stratford in east London, LORCA (London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement) is the DCMS-backed cybersecurity innovation programme that is aiming to support cyber innovation for industry and society. Attendees need to register for access. Registration is at


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