LORCA: Accelerating the Cyber Start-Up

By Andy Bates

The London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement, known as LORCA, has a fantastic mission to accelerate cyber start-ups and scale-ups. GCA’s mission is to reduce cyber risk principally by developing free, simple and trustworthy cyber solutions. The missions of the two organisations complement each other well and foster collaboration.

Why is LORCA important to GCA?

  • A successful ecosystem of cyber companies increases cyber resilience and so makes it easier for GCA to have a positive impact.
  • Knowing where the future cyber market is going facilitates GCA’s focus on supporting global solutions.
  • Ensuring that new businesses benefit from GCA solutions protects these new businesses while also allowing natural evolution to build a stronger, healthier internet.
  • Some of the creations generated by the cohorts in LORCA may create new ideas that are not commercially viable; if these ideas are beneficial to the global internet community, GCA can possibly play a role in bringing them forward.

Finally, and speaking personally, I have long admired the entrepreneur and always been something of an inventor. LORCA gives me and GCA a vehicle to give professional support rather than ad-hoc advice. I look forward to continuing a partnership between LORCA and GCA to further our collective mission spaces.

The author, Andy Bates, is the Executive Director of the United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East and Africa for the Global Cyber Alliance. You can follow him on Twitter @andycyberbates or connect with him on LinkedIn.