The most innovative cyber security scaleups met European industry leaders
ECSO gathers EU cybersecurity scaleups & industry leaders for business matchmakings in Milan
On 13-14 September 2018, the third edition of ECSO Access-to-the-Market-&-Finance series, dedicated to support
European scale-ups and SMEs, took place in Milan, Italy. The Milan
edition gathered 22 ambitious scaleups, showcasing their innovative
cyber security technologies, and 16 influential integrators and
end-users, searching for promising technological solutions to protect
their industries against cyber threats. In total, around 70 participants
from across Europe were registered and more than 40 B2B meetings organised.
two days event was organised in cooperation with EIT Digital
Accelerator, a leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial
education organisation. On 13 September, EIT Digital Accelerator’s team
organised a special training session for scaleups, where experienced
business developers helped them to prepare for the next day’s pitching
session with integrators and end-users.
On 14 September, the day started with a panel discussion, titled ‘Needs and Solutions: How European companies can become global champions in cybersecurity’. Panel members included Sebastiano Toffaletti – Secretary General of Digital SME Europe and co-chair of ECSO Working Group 4, Massimiliano Dragoni – Senior Policy Officer at European Commission’s Startup Europe project, and Wolfgang Kniejski – Access-to-Market Lead at EIT Digital Accelerator. The discussion was moderated by Luigi Rebuffi, Secretary General of ECSO and focused on the important fact that the majority of European companies are small SMEs which constitute the bulk of the EU market. All the panellists agreed that by creating more market transparency, facilitating European SMEs growth and going beyond the regional and national home markets, a strong European cyber security market will be ensured.
After the panel discussion, the participating scaleups had an opportunity to pitch their innovative cyber security solutions. In the afternoon, the confidential business-to-business meetings took place. The support to a forum for the strategic business interactions among SMEs and industry leaders, makes ECSO a key player in consolidating the community of the European cyber security industry.
editions of ECSO Access-to-Market-&-Finance series were organised
in cooperation with the most recognized European cybersecurity ecosystem
stakeholders, including Startup Estonia, a national initiative for
startup ecosystem, and Systematic Paris-Region, a regional
competitiveness cluster. These events have already gathered around 50
innovative SMEs and 40 leading industries, resulting in several
successfully closed investment deals.
next edition, jointly organised with the leading German cybersecurity
company Secunet Security Networks AG and German IT security association
TeleTrusT Bundesverband IT-Sicherheit e.V., will take place on 28
November 2018 in Berlin, Germany.
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