International Cyber Showcase

Welcome to our Cyber Showcase page.

The UK is increasingly becoming a strategic location for overseas Cyber Tech start-ups looking to expand into new markets in different parts of the world. Over the last 12 months, with our friends at the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) and the GFirstLEP Inward Investment team, we have hosted dozens of start-ups from places such as the US, Canada, Turkey, Israel, and Portugal who are all considering setting up a base here in Cheltenham. We think it is high time we showcase these companies and give them the opportunity to connect with the ecosystem.

  • Networking and Arrival (11:30-12:00)

    Opportunity to make new connections and network before the content starts.

  • Opening Host (12:00-12:10)

    Setting the scene of the event.

  • Opening Keynote (12:10-12:25)

  • Showcase pitch 1 (12:25-12:35)

  • Showcase Pitch 2 (12:35-12:45)

  • Showcase Pitch 3 (12:45-13:00)

  • Showcase Pitch 4 (13:00-13:10)

  • Lunch & Discussions (13:10-13:50)

  • showcase pitch 5 (13:50-14:00)

  • showcase pitch 6 (14:00-14:10)

  • Company Showcase(14:10-14:30)

    Data Distribution - A key to cloud sovereignty

    Mantle Technology- Innovative distributed storage

  • Company Showcase (14:30-14:45)

  • post event Networking (14:45- 15:30)

    Quick event wrap-up, then straight into post-event networking and discussions.

Cyber Skills Gap (5)

Speaker Biographies: 

Tim Kay-Tim is the Interim Director for the Science and Technology Directorate at the UK’s Department for Business and Trade (DBT)

Prior to his role at DBT, Tim was a Director at KPMG, supporting mid-market organisations with their growth and expansion strategies. Tim was also part of the national Emerging Giants team that works with the most ambitious, fastest growing technology companies.


Pascal Leblanc is a serial entrepreneur and strategist who can count three successful exits in the Blockchain space between 2012 and today. Active in the Bitcoin space since 2011, Pascal has been contributing to various project as a founder, investor or advisor.

Most recently, he participated in the IPO of Canada’s first publicly traded NFT company Gamelancer (CSE:GMNG) which started trading in May 2021.

Between 2016 and 2018, Pascal has contributed to Ernst & Young’s Blockchain Advisory Practice and he is known to promote thought leadership through conferences and media articles.

Sami Yenice – Sami Yenice is the Head of UK Operations at TR7 Cyber Security and Defence. In this role, he serves comprehensive responsibility for policy design, customer service oversight, and the implementation of cutting-edge technological solutions. With a background in IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, and e-Government, Sami possesses a wealth of expertise in these domains.

Prior to joining TR7, Sami gained over 15 years of experience in various capacities at the Turkish e-Government Gateway. During his tenure, he served as a proficient Project Manager, Business Developer, Integration Specialist and Software Developer.

Sami has demonstrated leadership in spearheading numerous international research and development initiatives focused on cyber defence, artificial intelligence systems, and machine learning.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering.

Gord Jessop- Gord is COO and Co-founder of CycurID Technologies Ltd., an identity management and privacy software company that provides decentralized, self-sovereign identity services. Gord possesses over 30 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience and has held management positions with major Canadian Lending Institutions and with GE Capital where he was the Provincial Risk Manager. He has collaborated with the Financial Institutions Commission (FICOM) and the RCMP White Collar Crime Department and major Canadian Banks to investigate fraudulent mortgage and lending practices. He has expertise in economic analysis, risk assessment, fraud prevention, KYC/AML procedures & protocols and corporate growth strategies. He has extensive knowledge of the FinTech, Payments, Digital Currency and Identity Management Software sectors. He holds three patents for personalized tracking technology as well as a patent in Identity Software. Gord holds degrees and/or diplomas from Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.


Mehdi Mehrtash-  Mehdi is the CTO and Co-founder of CycurID Technologies Ltd., an identity management and privacy software company that provides decentralized, self-sovereign identity services. Boasting 25+ years in the IT field, my diverse experience spans from start-ups to Fortune 500s, delivering top-tier solutions in privacy, cybersecurity and aiding police forces with evidence collection and investigation. As Globalsys’ founder, I’ve met varied IT needs, from tailored applications to infrastructure design and roll-out. I hold numerous degrees and certifications in network security and IT, deepening my expertise in blockchain, cryptocurrency, cybersecurity, privacy, payment systems, and Web3 technologies. Having masterminded an industry-pioneering crypto processing platform, my commitment lies in driving digital progress while championing privacy and security, thus enabling businesses to flourish in an ever-changing digital landscape.


Flavio Shiga, driven by the goal of encountering the daily challenges in Cybersecurity and Data Protection faced by various organizations, has devoted the past few years to working with organizations of diverse sizes, sectors, and countries. He has already delivered presentations at events in Canada, Portugal, Brazil, France, Angola, and Uruguay. Presently, he serves as a partner and founder of B10SEC, a specialized company in Cybersecurity and Data Protection. In this role, he endeavors to implement a resilient, flexible, and agile service model in organizations, aligning it with the clients’ business objectives and purposes. 

Josh Ruder- Josh, by virtue of the most incredible good fortune in the history of the world, has spent the last 13+ years helping to implement video-based software platforms within major global organisations.   In July of ‘22 Josh moved to Gloucestershire to launch Solink’s UK based operations.

Solink, founded in 2012 and based in Ottawa, combines typically separate data silos into a single native cloud application that solves loss prevention, security, and business use cases for commercial enterprises. He clearly also enjoys writing an incredibly vague bio filled with buzzwords!! Lets do this!

Jonathan Gagne- Chairman & CEO at F8th Inc., creating advanced cybersecurity solutions & driving positive tech impact.

Vivene Salmon- Co-Founder & CLO at F8th Inc., legal expert in securities, finance, compliance, privacy. Experienced in crisis communication. 

Steve Brigden-  is an expert in aligning technology with business value and helping customers derive maximum value from their technology investments. Ex-Cisco Systems and ServiceNow, Steve has over 35 years’ experience in the IT/technology industry working across the Service Provider, Enterprise and Public Sector markets, including specific experience across the healthcare and life-sciences sectors.

As Head of Cylera UK, Steve has responsibility for aligning Cylera’s operations with the requirements of Cylera’s NHS customers, existing and future, to address the growing number of sophisticated cyber-attacks targeting medical devices and healthcare IoT and reduce the risk to patient safety.