Lockheed Martin and Restoration Partners have created the Lockheed Martin Virtual Technology Cluster (VTC), a initiative to connect a growing number of entrepreneurial innovators in the UK with Lockheed Martin’s global supply chain and cutting-edge technology programmes.
Through the VTC, individuals and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) can obtain professional support, guidance and advice plus investment to develop their technologies and find a route to market.
With an initial focus on SMEs with niche offerings in cyber security, the VTC will also seek to support companies involved in other emerging technology. This could range from using multiple streams of information to help decision making to creating simulated technology environments for testing and evaluating or novel biometric technologies for identification purposes.
Stephen Ball, chief executive, Lockheed Martin UK, said: “We know that to stay ahead of the cyber threat we need to have the best capabilities and the brightest people if we are to maintain the advantage in our increasingly connected world.
“The VTC provides a new approach to benchmark capability within the UK supply chain, offering a framework that supports individuals, start-up companies, existing SMEs and others to develop innovative ideas and grow.”