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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.
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
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%).
15 July 2016
1 August 2016
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
Industrial Event @ ACM CCS 2016 in Vienna with the final pitches
as well as award ceremony
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