A visual for ECSO's STARtup Award in Bilbao, Spain, in March 2023.

ECSO STARtup Award

Cybersecurity experts and market players are invited to mark their calendars to attend the third iteration of the ECSO STARtup Award final competition, taking place on the 7th and 8th of March in Bilbao, Spain. The event will feature the pitches of the 14 leading European cybersecurity start-ups. The event is organised by ECSO, INCIBE and BCSC.

Join us and follow the contest between the 14 finalists, who were selected from all throughout
Europe during the matchmaking event series of 2022: Cyber Investor Days.

The STARtup Award will bring together the following top 14 European start-ups in cybersecurity,
with the goal of raising awareness and exposure of the cutting-edge cybersecurity enterprises in

  • XplicitTrust (Germany)
  • Brighter AI (Germany)
  • Vaultree (Ireland)
  • Cryptomage (Poland)
  • Resquant (Poland)
  • Circe (Spain)
  • Omnios (Spain)
  • Strong Network (Switzerland)
  • Mindflow (France)
  • Exalens (UK)
  • Cyscale (Romania)
  • Alcyconie (France)
  • OverSOC (France)

One lucky winner will be chosen by a judging panel consisting of cybersecurity experts, including
VCs, CISOs and corporate integrators. In addition to the start-up pitches and networking
opportunities, participants will be invited to attend panel discussions on the most pressing
cybersecurity industry and policy issues.

The programme of the event will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

“With the ECSO STARtup Award we want to facilitate cooperation at European level to further foster investments and market uptake of the European cybersecurity solutions. ECSO is glad to cooperate with its Members BCSC and INCIBE to provide European start-ups with such an important opportunity”

Luigi Rebuffi, Secretary General, ECSO

About ECSO’s STARtup Award

ECSO, together with its members and partners, launched the European STARtup Award in 2020.
ECSO initiated the Award with the aim to continue strengthening cybersecurity investment
activities in Europe and recognise the next European champions in cybersecurity.

The Award is built around a shared belief that European cybersecurity companies delivering
ground-breaking cybersecurity solutions need recognition and investment support to be able to
scale up and develop their business in Europe. The Award leverages ECSO Cyber Investor Days,
a well-established cybersecurity business matchmaking event, and similar events organised by
ECSO’s partner organisations to create an initiative recognising the most promising European
cybersecurity start-ups and SMEs.

The Award consists of a series of local competitions and the final contest. The winners of each
local event will be selected by the respective local juries according to a set list of criteria provided
by ECSO and nominated for the final competition. The nominees from all events will be invited to
the final ceremony, where they will pitch to the Judging Panel. The Judging Panel – composed of
investors, CISOs, representatives of large cybersecurity companies, ECSO representatives and
cybersecurity experts from all over Europe – will make the final decision and select the winner.

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Date and time

From: 07-03-2023
To: 08-03-2023