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Fuel Accelerator Announces First Cybersecurity Cohort

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Fuel Accelerator, an initiative of Startup Junkie Foundation of Bentonville, announced its first 10-week accelerator program focused on cybersecurity.

The application period for the accelerator opened Monday, with selected companies showcasing their expertise in safeguarding sensitive data, network security, AI-driven cybersecurity tools and more. Those businesses will receive resources including access to engaged industry mentorship and enterprise connections.

The program begins in June.

“In essence, our dedication to advancing cybersecurity businesses in Northwest Arkansas is not just about protecting data,” Darian Harris, director of Fuel, said in a news release. “It’s about fortifying the foundations of our digital community, ensuring a secure and resilient future for us all.”

Cybersecurity executive-turned-adviser and investor Sajan Gautam is partnering with Fuel on the program. He has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, most recently as the chief information security officer for Arvest Bank.

“Even though we hear a lot about Cybersecurity startups lately, we need more to address the problem. We have a lot of potential in Northwest Arkansas to be one of the hubs for the Cybersecurity startup community” says Gautam. “So, I am very excited to join Fuel Accelerator to lead the Cybersecurity program cohorts where I will work very closely with founders, venture capitalists, businesses, academia, and numerous community development programs to build and strengthen the Cybersecurity ecosystem here in NWA.”

Since its establishment in 2018, the Fuel Accelerator has successfully pioneered six accelerator programs with 51 cohort companies across supply chain, health tech and artificial intelligence.

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