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Intelligence, security and cyber agency GCHQ has today announced it will mentor 10 tech start-ups using AI, data science and machine-learning to help keep people safe.

Companies selected to benefit from the 12-week support programme, based out of GCHQ’s Manchester office, include firms which use: AI to alert haulage companies to stowaways in their containers, data to determine how busy trains are to manage social distancing and AI and machine-learning to identify and prevent the spread of fake news.

The start-ups will have unique access to GCHQ technologists and industry experts to improve their products, receive business mentoring. They will then have the chance to showcase their products to a panel made up of industry leaders and investors at the end of the 12-week scheme.

A GCHQ spokesperson said:

“We’re pioneering a new kind of security for an ever more complex world and businesses can play their part in helping to keep the UK safe.

“This 12-week programme will give these companies, using cutting edge tech, unique access to GCHQ technologists to help hone their products – from helping to prevent the spread of fake news to countering people trafficking.”

The GCHQ Innovation Co-Lab is a joint venture with The Landing, a tech mentorship hub based in MediaCityUK in Greater Manchester and global tech accelerator UP Ventures.

The companies which will receive mentorship from GCHQ technologists, based out of its new city centre Manchester offices, are: