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Techstars launched a partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton in early 2016 focused on cyber security startups. After our successful Startup Weekend cyber security edition event in the new innovation center, applications for the second Techstars program are open!

Startup Next, presented by Booz Allen Hamilton, will bring together teams from within Booz Allen Hamilton and the top D.C.-based cyber security startups.

Startup Next is a Techstars program that helps startups grow by providing high quality mentorship, a proven curriculum, and access to a global network of investors, mentors, and founders. The six-week program consists of weekly 2-3 hour sessions, which means founders are able to continue building their product, while receiving top quality mentorship and getting access to the global network of Startup Next.

Startups innovating in the field of cyber security to level the playing field against new and emerging cybercrime tactics are recommended to apply for this pre-accelerator program, along with companies that are creating game-changing technologies in the field of cyber security.

According to Forbes, the cyber security market is expected to grow from $75 billion in 2015 to $170 billion by 2020. From banking and connected cars to mobile health, tremendous growth in cyber security is inevitable.

“Most people are starting to realize that there are only two different types of companies in the world: those that have been breached and know it and those that have been breached and don’t know it. Therefore, prevention is not sufficient and you’re going to have to invest in detection because you’re going to want to know what system has been breached as fast as humanly possible so that you can contain and remediate.”   -Ted Schlein, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

These startups will leave the six week program with a wealth of information and new connections to help them take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey. Booz Allen Hamilton will provide cyber security-related expertise and mentorship throughout the program. Startups will expand their network by meeting new contacts that will help their startup grow and learn how to accept feedback in important areas such as communication, technical abilities and leadership skills.

Deadline for applications is September 4, 2016.

Startups interested in applying to Startup Next Cyber Security, presented by Booz Allen Hamilton can apply here.


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Karina Costa
Karina is the Global Director of Startup Next at Techstars, the #1 startup pre-acceleration program in the world, which prepares startups for accelerators and seed investment. @kpmcosta