CyLon Spark - Oman

CYLON SPARK | OMAN 2022

Do you have an idea for a cyber security business? Would you benefit from free support from startup and cyber security experts to help you turn your idea into a reality?

If so, apply now for our latest CyLon Spark | Oman programme! 

The programme will run for 10 weeks in 2022 from 10 January to 20 March. It will build upon the success of our two programmes in Oman to date, which have supported 30+ cyber entrepreneurs so far. It is entirely free of charge, thanks to the generous support of our partners,

You’ll benefit from everything we have learned from running cyber security innovation programmes in several countries around the world, supporting hundreds of entrepreneurs and building a portfolio of startups valued at over £1bn.

CyLon Spark | Oman 2022 is supported by the UK’s FCDO and the UK-Oman Digital Hub, and delivered in partnership with Plexal. 

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“The whole programme was amazing. I learned a huge amount, and managed to meet some amazing people. I gained a deep insight into how to transform ideas into real products, services and processes”.

CyLon Spark alumni

— PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

1 – Hands-on Workshops

The programme offers a series of workshops and group sessions, offering hands-on advice on how to set up a successful company. These use the latest startup tools to help you on everything from exploring your idea to building your business strategy.

2 – Mentoring

These workshops are accompanied by 1-1 sessions with CyLon’s wide range of mentors, ranging from potential advisors to potential customers. The CyLon team will work with you to identify who from our global network will be best placed to help you achieve your goals.

3 – Pitch Your Idea

The second half of the programme focuses on preparing for an event where selected teams will have the chance to present their idea to a panel of experts and receive feedback.

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Turning Ideas Into Reality

Am I the right fit?

We are ideally looking for participants who already have an idea for a cyber security business that they want to explore. You don’t have to have launched it already, but it’s great if you have!

We also welcome participants with a strong cyber security background who want to explore different ideas, or are open to joining other participants on their startup journey.

Is the programme virtual or in-person?

All workshops and individual sessions are live and conducted virtually. Presenters are available to answer any questions throughout the session, and afterwards if needed.

Throughout the programme, teams have access to CyLon’s online platform with useful resources and libraries of recommended articles.

When does the programme run?

We are happy to welcome participants who have other full-time commitments, whether that is professional, personal or academic.

The typical commitment will be around 4-5 hours a week for the 10-week programme. The majority of workshops will be delivered late in the afternoon, with a couple of half-day sessions.

If you are selected, we ask all participants to attend all sessions to ensure you get the most out of the programme!

Mentors

Maya Behum
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Maya Behum

Maya is a financial consultant and mentor. She is passionate about using her knowledge to guide startups and SMEs through their financial journeys at every stage of growth. Since stepping away from her financial management and accountancy roles with large corporations in the UK, she has helped over 100 founders and leaders across a wide range of sectors to understand their financials and metrics and helped them to boost their businesses’ performance.

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Murooj Al Saadi
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Murooj Al Saadi

Murooj is an experienced pitch coach and startup advisor currently working at Google. She has worked with Oman Tech Fund and various accelerator programs in the MENA region. She specialises in pre-seed and seed stage startups, and worked with alumni of the first CyLon Oman cohort: Octopus and DarkSniper. She previously started her own startup, a marketplace for part-time jobs.

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Saif Al Essai
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Saif Al Essai

Saif is a serial entrepreneur with strong experience in marketplace platforms, SaaS products and cybersecurity solutions. He has founded three startups generating millions in revenues. His expertise is in early-stage startups, and he has mentored over 200 startups so far in the GCC.

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Gerald Vanderpuye
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Gerald Vanderpuye

Gerald co-developed The Mom Test along with Rob Fitzpartick, which is a highly popular framework used to develop robust customer personas and navigate early stage sales cycles. He has over 5 years of experience at Rackspace where he held roles in sales and strategy.

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Iain Wallace
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Iain Wallace

Iain is a partnership and innovation professional with experience in business development, product strategy and mentoring startups. Previously, Iain was Head of Innovation for Lumi, Head of Innovation Partnerships at BAE Systems and has been mentoring startups with CyLon since 2016. He is also a regular public speaker on technology and innovation.

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David Chan
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David Chan

CyLon’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence, David understands the ups and downs of entrepreneurship, having founded his first tech startup while still an undergraduate at Imperial College and going on to co-found and work in multiple startups in the UK and Silicon Valley, including his most recent fifth cybersecurity startup, ECora. David has mentored over 300 founders so far!

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