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Ready to become a Security Rock Star?

Are you passionate about innovative information security technologies, based in Europe and ready to develop your own company?

 

Then apply and become a

Security Rock Star!

 

Security Rockstars 2016 is the European sequel to the Austrian start-up competition Start Secure 2015.

The competition’s goal is to find and support innovative ideas and solutions in the area of information security.

 

Prizes

Second

Place

 

10.000 €

5.000 €

Third

Place

 

20.000 €

First

Place

 

Top 5

 

Top 10

 

Top 25

 

The Top 5 participants will present in front of an expert jury as well  as 250+ senior security professionals from Top 500 companies and leading universities during the Security Rockstars  finals on the 24th of October in the Hofburg in Vienna.

The Top 10 participants will be invited to join a 5-day start-up boot camp in Vienna as well as receive the opportunity to present their idea at a vendor booth at the Security Rockstars  finals.

A detailed business plan will be drawn up under the guidance of experts and with the help of the “Innovation Box” by WhatAVenture. 25+ experts - university professors, serial entrepreneurs, CISOs of Fortune 500 companies and venture capitalists - will screen these concepts and give feedback. Additionally, the best 25 will receive an invitation to attend the  final event of the competition taking place during ACM CCS 2016, one of the most acknowledged international academic conferences for information security.

Participation and Selection Process

  • Entitled  to  participate  are  persons  and  founder  teams  in  the  area  of  information  security  based  in Europe. The  start-up  may  be  in  the  concept  phase,  under  formation  or  already  founded;  first prototypes may exist.

 

  • The start-up must not: be older than three years, have taken up venture capital and have more than five employees (except the founder); first (reference) customers are allowed.

 

  • Security service without an independent product (e.g., penetration testing or consulting services) are excluded from participating. Own products which are offered as managed services are allowed. Open source tools are explicitly allowed within the competition, but a business plan and a growth agenda have to be developed.

The selection process takes place in three stages:

Stage 1 – Abstract

 

To make entering the competition easy for early-stage start-ups as well, only a short abstract or pitch deck is necessary during the first stage, summarizing the problem and its technical solution (max. one page) as well as presenting the team and the business model (max. one page).

Stage 2 – Business Plan

 

The best ideas (max. 25) get the chance to develop, during one month, a detailed business plan and value proposition under professional guidance and with the support of WhatAVenture. These business plans will be evaluated and scored by all jurors. Additionally, videos resp. demos of prototypes may be submitted (if available). The Top 5 reach the finale. All participants of stage 2 will be provided with the summarized feedback of the jurors.

Stage 3 – Big Finale

 

For the finale, not only the best idea counts, but also and especially the presentation! We will therefore organize intensive workshops during the days before the big finale.

 

During the finale, every start-up has six minutes to present themselves and their product on stage. Afterwards the expert team asks judicial questions (also six minutes).The final ranking is based on the rating from stage 2 (60%), the final scoring of the experts (20%) and the vote of the industry event’s audience (20%).

Key Dates

15  July  2016

1 August 2016 

14 October16

4 October 2016

20-21 October 2016

24 October 2016

 

Submission deadline for the abstract

Nomination Top 25

Submission deadline for the business plan

Nomination Top 5

Workshops

Industrial Event @ ACM CCS 2016 in Vienna with the final pitches

as well as award ceremony

Winners 2016

First place

Second place

Third place

Finalists

Read more about the winners here.

Winners 2015

First place

Second place

Third place

Finalists

Sponsors & Partners

Read more about the winners here.

Security Rockstars is organized by SBA Research and supported by public and private sponsors.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please email us at info@securityrockstars.com.

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15  July  2016 

1 August 2016           

1 September 2016

4 October 2016

20-21 October 2016

24 October 2016

 

Winners 2016

First place

Second place

Third place

Finalists

Read more about the winners here.

First place

Second place

Third place

Finalists

Read more about the winners here.

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15  July  2016 

 

1 August 2016           

1 September 2016

 

4 October 2016

20-21 October 2016

24 October 2016

 

Winners 2016

First place

Second place

Third place

Finalists

Read more about the winners here.

First place

Second place

Third place

Finalists

Read more about the winners here.