World-leading cyber innovation centre to be developed at Here East

A new cyber innovation and technology centre will be developed inside Here East, creating 2,000 UK jobs in cyber security.

Based inside Plexal innovation centre at Here East, the London Cyber Innovation Centre will boost the digital enterprise activity in East London and spark the development of cutting-edge technology to prevent cyber crime in the UK. The centre is also expected to create approximately 2,000 UK jobs in cyber security.
 
The centre will be funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, as part of the Government’s £1.9 billion investment into online security. 
 
Margot James, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, said:
 
London is the undisputed leader of European tech, with billions of investment flowing in every year and world-leading firms developing groundbreaking innovations. This new centre in the Olympic Park will build on the site’s legacy of excellence and spark a wave of creativity to develop the cyber security technology of the future and help protect the nation’s industry.
 
The centre will offer a tailored programme of support to at least 72 UK startups over three years, as well as public support and facilities for other startups across the country. Startups on the scheme will benefit from world-class technical and engineering support, as well as cutting-edge facilities and mentoring. They will also have access to an international network of cyber clusters to secure trade and investment from across the world.
 
Plexal specialises in helping high-tech startups in artificial intelligence, augmented reality and the Internet of Things. It recently launched Plexiglass, a development programme for female entrepreneurs, in partnership with Barclays and the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).
 
Plexal opened in June 2017 and joined a growing tech community on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, including Ford’s Smart Mobility Innovation Office, the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK and the Institute for Digital Technologies at Loughborough University London. 
 
For more information, visit Plexal's website here.

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport.

The University has been awarded five stars in all areas according to the independent QS Stars university rating scheme. It has also been named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019 and the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2019, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide in 2017.

Loughborough has risen to 5th place in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2019 and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014). In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.