Cork international security accelerator on the hunt for start-ups

Cork Security Accelerator
Pictured: Ann Doherty, Cork City Council (centre), with (l-r) Robert McArdle, Trend Micro; Michael O'Connor, CorkBIC; Sean Byerley, Bank of Ireland; and Ger Goold, Kernel Capital

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23 November 2017 | 0

CorkBIC and its partners have launched the first international security accelerator in Ireland, offering an investment of €50,000 to start-ups in the security industry.

A group of experienced mentors, including Ronan Murphy, CEO of Smarttech, and Robert McArdle, director of Trend Micro’s threat research team, will offer advice to the participants, which will also have access to CorkBIC’s extended network of more than 400 mentors worldwide.

The accelerator is supported by Kernel Capital and Trend Micro.

Ger Goold, COO and partner at Kernel Capital, said: “Cork is developing a reputation for Ireland’s growing security cluster. This accelerator is a unique opportunity for startups to tap into the experience and resources of the strong network of Cork’s multinationals, such as Trend Micro, helping these start-ups grow, succeed, and in turn contribute to the cluster.”

Robert McArdle, director of Trend Micro’s forward looking threat research team, said: “Participating start-ups can work from the purpose-built accelerator space in Cork city centre for a specially extended period of up to nine months. This kind of dedicated workspace is vital to ensure these start-ups can focus on expanding their business.”

Ann Doherty, Chief Executive of Cork City Council, said: “Cork City Council is delighted that the CorkBIC Accelerator programme is our first client at our new co-working space at Cork City Hall. The development of the co-working space, where the start-ups will be based, is a key part of Cork City Council’s innovation and entrepreneurship strategy. And, today’s launch is a great example of partners working together to further develop the strong startup support ecosystem that has developed across the city in recent years”.

Deadline for applications is 8 December 2017.

For more information, visit isa.corkbic.com.

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