WG4: Support to SMEs , coordination with countries and regions

Misson & Objectives

The working group focuses on the following issues:

  1. Support the development of SMEs, start-ups and high growth companies
  2. Develop coordinated activities between clusters (both business oriented and triple helix), Regions and local bodies (for local implementation of solutions / educations)
  3. Development of East and Central EU public and private sectors dealing with cybersecurity.


The working group chairs are Aapo Cederberg from FISC and Sebastiano Toffaletti from DIGITAL SME

The working group is segmented into sub-working groups as followed:

  • SWG4.1: SMEs, start-ups and high growth companies - Chairs: ITrust / SYSTEMATIC PARIS REGION - RADARSERVICES - VTT

SWG4.1.1: Venture Capital and private investors - ITrust / SYSTEMATIC PARIS REGION

SWG4.1.2: Public funding opportunities for SMEs  - VTT

SWG4.1.3: Labelling and market analysis - RADARSERVICES

  • SWG4.2: Coordination with activities in EU countries and regions - Chair: CONSEIL REGIONAL DE BRETAGNE
  • SWG4.3: Support to East and Central EU Members - Chair: CYBER SERVICES


ECSO – an Advisory Partner to the Interreg Europe CYBER project  

Interreg Europe CYBER is a 5 years project aiming to boost the competitiveness of European cybersecurity SMEs and to create synergies among the European cybersecurity valleys. To achieve the goals, a series of interregional events are organized to connect stakeholders from European regions, to share the best policy practices and to address common challenges. As an Advisory Partner, ECSO will provide guidance on the implementation of a multi-layered approach to structure competitive ecosystems. 

CYBER recognize interregional cooperation as key to identifying solutions and moving towards a more integrated cybersecurity market. The kick-off meeting of the project took place on 3-4 July 2018 in Rennes, France and was hosted by Bretagne Development Innovation (BDI), the Leading Partner of the project.

More information about the project can be found via the link: https://www.interregeurope.eu/cyber 


  • 6/2017, WG4 MEMBERS - Position paper (download file)
  • 2/2019, ECSO - Working Group 4: Mission, Objectives, Activities, Achievements (download file)
  • 3/2019, WG4 - POSITION PAPER: The role of the regions in strengthening the European Union’s cyber security (download file)
  • 4/2019, WG4 - 'Connecting European Cyber Valleys' - map of the European cyber security ecosystems (download file)
  • 5/2019, WG4, WG2 - ECSO Cybersecurity Business Matchmaking Events Across Europe 2017-2019 (download file)


ECSO Secretariat: wg4_secretariat@ecs-org.eu