Greater Manchester
Digital Security Hub

We’re bringing together experts in digital and cyber security from the public, private and academic sectors to help Greater Manchester’s digital security startups to innovate and grow.


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Introducing DiSH

Manchester City Council has selected a consortium led by Barclays Eagle Labs to operate the new Greater Manchester Digital Security Hub (DiSH). DiSH offers startups and growing digital security businesses with access to mentors and coaching, dedicated growth programmes through Barclays Eagle Labs and a new industry accelerator created by our partner, Plexal.

 

Supported by:



Innovation partner


 

Lead academic partner


 

Academic partner


 

 

 

Our community

 

Mentoring & coaching

From leading entrepreneurs, digital security industry professionals, and academics.

Events & workshops

An extensive digital security and cyber tech events programme, workshops and meet-ups.

A likeminded community

An inspiring and collaborative community of digital security and cyber tech businesses.

Learning & insights

Explore digital and cyber security content from our industry partners. 

Partnerships

Get access to support and insights from our renowned industry partners

Centred in Manchester

Based in the heart of the Greater Manchester digital security ecosystem to provide workspace and trusted connections for local entrepreneurs.

 


 


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Complete this short form if you’re a digital security or cyber tech business with a product or solution that could transform and change the industry and would like to find out more about DiSH and we’ll be in touch.


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What we do
 

Mentoring
 

Whether you want to talk about your product, have a question about expanding your business or just need to talk to someone who’s been in your shoes, our mentors will share their knowledge and insights to support you grow your business.
 

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Eagle Labs mentoring partners:
 



 


 


 


 


 



You may book a slot with one of our mentors. While we will endeavour to facilitate your access to a mentor, we cannot guarantee that mentors will always be available. Support provided by mentors is not intended to amount to professional advice, and should not be relied on as such. Mentors may in some cases be independent third parties and by using the mentor service, you acknowledge and accept that we have no control over the information or guidance that they provide. Views and opinions expressed by mentors do not represent Barclays’ views and opinions and we accept no liability arising from any information or guidance provided to you.
 

Meet the DiSH team
 

Darren O'Brien

Darren O'Brien
Ecosystem Manager,
Barclays

Darren's been working with Eagle Labs for the last 5 years, responsible for the Greater Manchester ecosystem. He has extensive experience supporting start ups and scale ups to collaborate and grow. 

+44 (0) 7775 552419 (mobile)

 

Rouya Mardani

Rouya Mardani
Hub Manager,
Barclays

Rouya has worked for Barclays for 5 years in a variety of retail banking roles. She has a passion for helping businesses grow and loves seeing the collaboration and successes within the Digital Security ecosystem. 

+44 (0) 7469 031141 (mobile)

Paddy

Patrick Byrne
Hub Manager, 
Barclays

Paddy has been with Eagle Labs for the past 3 years, supporting start-up businesses and helping them grow. 

+44 (0) 7796 706187 (mobile)

 

David Bleakman

David Bleakman
Barclays

David is the Digital Security & Cyber Industry Lead for Barclays Eagle Labs, creating programmes and connections to support corporates and start-ups across the industry.

 

Jon Lomas

Jon Lomas
Lancaster University

Jon leads Lancaster University’s Secure Digitalisation programme and wider activities at DiSH. Jon is also actively supporting the development of skills and education provision across Greater Manchester and creating links between the academic, corporate and business communities.

Paddy

Danny Dresner
University of Manchester

Danny is the University of Manchester's Professor of Cyber Security. He finds the threads that bind information together and mend them when they break. He has a noted track record in projects supporting SMEs' cyber security, and works to bridge the divide between people and technology.

 

 

Chris Lowerson

Chris Lowerson
Lancaster University

Chris works supporting a range of companies with cyber innovation helping them too embrace and exploit digital technology to enhance and grow their business securely. Chris also manages events, workshops and access to wider university provision.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


Get in touch

Whether you’re starting out in digital security and cyber or looking to expand, we’re here to help. If you’d like to find out more about our DiSH programme and upcoming events, we’d love to hear from you.


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Partners

Barclays Eagle Labs

Barclays Eagle Labs

Eagle Labs are a growing national network of incubator spaces that provide business incubation, mentoring and co-working space for ambitious high-growth businesses.
By cultivating a community of likeminded entrepreneurs through a providing a collaborative work environment, access to their peers and opportunities to maximise growth through digital connections, curated events and funding opportunities, Eagle Labs are able to help start-ups to grow at pace.

Plexal

Plexal

Plexal is the innovation company that supercharges collaboration.
It combines open innovation with a community of fast-growth startups to help enterprises and the government unlock the potential of technology.
As the dedicated innovation partner for DiSH, Plexal will deliver digital security innovation programmes, helping to catalyse the growth of SMEs across Greater Manchester and beyond through the integration of its sector-specific innovation expertise and its national and international networks.

University of Manchester

University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and one of the UK’s largest single-site universities. UoM have over 40,000 students, 12,000 staff and with almost 480,000 former students from more than 190 countries, we are home to the largest alumni community of any campus-based university in the UK. No fewer than 25 Nobel laureates have either worked or studied here.

Lancaster University

Lancaster University

As lead academic partner, Lancaster University brings world-class research and teaching into the partnership. Research intensive and ranked in the top-ten of all UK league tables, it has been the highest ranked University in the North West for more than a decade and holds a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.One of the UK’s leading Universities for cyber security research, innovation and skills development, Lancaster was among the first cohort of UK universities to gain recognition for its commitment to cyber security education, being recognised by the NCSC as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education.

  

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