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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 2018 is the European sequel to the Austrian start-up competition Security Rockstars 2016 and 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

worth*

30.000 €

10.000 €

Third Place

worth*

 

60.000 €

 

First Place 

worth*

Top 3

 

Top 5

 

special

 

The Top 3 participants will present in front of an expert jury as well  as senior security professionals from leading companies and universities during the Security Rockstars  finals.

 

*Price packages consist partly of cash and partly of supporting services (e.g. business development, legal, security)

The Top 5 participants will be invited to join a 3-day start-up boot camp in Vienna and get the opportunity to present their idea at a vendor booth at the Security Rockstars  finals.

The best idea will be rewarded with a development support package. Our team of senior technical and business experts will assist you in rapid prototyping a pilot to build a presentable showcase for potential customers. 

Participation and Selection Process

    Who can participate?

 

  • Any person or founding team with ideas or products in the field of information security (based in Europe) may participate. The start-up or the idea can be in the conception phase, in foundation or already founded; first prototypes may already exist.

 

  • Start-ups may not be older than seven years, have not raised significant venture capital and may not have more than 5 employees (except founders); first (reference) customers are permitted.

 

  • Security services without an independent product (e.g. penetration testing or consulting services) are excluded from participation. Own products, which are offered in the form of managed services, are permitted. Open source tools are explicitly permitted in the context of competition, but a business and growth plan must be developed.

 

 

 

The selection process takes place in three stages:

Stage 1 – Abstract

 

To keep the entry hurdle low for early-stage start-ups, only a short abstract (max. 2000  words) is necessary in the first phase, which summarizes the problem and the technical solution approach, as well as the team and the business model.

Stage 2 – Business Plan

 

The best ideas get the chance to work out a business plan and the value proposition in detail within one month. These business plans are evaluated and ranked by all jurors. In addition, photos or videos of prototypes or demos (if available) should be submitted. Top five make it to the final.

Stage 3 – Big Finale

  

In the final not only the best idea counts, but also the presentation!

 

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  October 2018

November 2018

27 - 28 February 2019

   Submission deadline

   Presentation Top 5

   Security Conference

   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 KSÖ

supported by public and private sponsors.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please email us at securityrockstars@sba-research.org.

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   15 Oct 2018  

   Nov 2018            

   27 - 28 Feb 2019

 

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  Oct 2018  

  Nov 2018      

  27 - 28 Feb 2019

 

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.