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NYC is the emerging center of the cybersecurity boom. Cyber NYC is leading the way in growing the industry in this city by creating the spaces, training the talent, and recruiting the knowledge and capital needed to grow the cyber ecosystem and catalyze the next billion-dollar company.

We’ve already made great strides toward the fulfillment of this vision, including:

  • Launching Inventors to Founders, an early-stage startup and talent accelerator, in partnership with Columbia Technology Ventures
  • Opening an accelerator and “Scalarator” program in SoHo, in partnership with Israel-based global venture capital firm Jerusalem Venture Partners
  • Training the next generation of cybersecurity talent through a $7.8M partnership with Fullstack Academy, one of the longest-running and most successful technology bootcamps in the nation
  • Hosting the NYCx Cybersecurity Moonshot Challenge, which sought to find solutions to make every small and mid-size business NYC business as resilient to cybersecurity attacks as a Fortune 500 company—garnering a record-breaking 169 applications from over 15 countries and over 75 cities

The Cyber Ecosystem

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Cybersecurity VC funding for NYC in 2017

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Estimated global cybersecurity spending in 2020

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Colleges and universities in NYC, with a student population of over 1M

And we’re just getting started. Cyber NYC offers great resources for up-and-coming startups looking to make NYC their launching pad to success.

The Global Cyber Center

Operated by SOSA
The Global Cyber Center (GCC), operated by SOSA, is an innovation hub for startups, an incubator of commercialization and research, and a training center for the cyber workforce of the future. GCC offers annual curated events, bringing together key corporate, investor, startup, government, and global cyber stakeholders. Programs include corporate open innovation, government and startup landing pads, PoC workshops, networking events, and professional sessions.

The Global Cyber Center will serve as a center of gravity for the entire cybersecurity industry and will connect to the finest talent from New York, the States, Israel, and our entire global network.
Uzi Scheffer

The Scalarator

Operated by JVP (Jerusalem Venture Partners) The Scalarator is a best-in-class startup accelerator, focused on growth. Up to 10 startups will be selected for the program annually, with each cohort receiving mentorship and support from JVP’s senior leadership, subject matter experts, experienced cybersecurity executives, and entrepreneurs.

Startups that (1) intend to establish themselves in NYC within 12 months of acceptance and (2) have received at least $1M in funding to-date are eligible to apply for the program. The Scalarator will provide participating startups with a customized plan to address strategic planning, marketing, business development, recruiting and financing.

The 50,000-square-foot accelerator is an inclusive and collaborative ecosystem of knowledge that can set your company on the path to success.

Interested in applying? Get in touch with Columbia JVP at [email protected].

Inventors to Founders (I2F) Initiative

Operated by Columbia University - This program is not currently active
I2F was designed to launch new, university-affiliated cybersecurity startups and commercialize cutting-edge academic research. The program was open to all students, faculty, and alumni from the consortium of Cornell Tech, CUNY, Columbia, NYU, and Fullstack Academy. The program:

  • Connected pre-seed cyber startups with capital, grants, mentorship opportunities, and leadership networks at the university partners, NYC government, and more
  • Transformed intellectual property into viable startups by connecting the academic community with C-level operators and entrepreneurs who could take it to market