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Emerging Cybersecurity Stars: ECSO Cyber Investor Days 2023 in The Hague

Following an exciting showcase of European cybersecurity innovation at the Cyber Investor Days competition in The Hague on October 5th, the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) is thrilled to announce the selection of INLYSE and CDeX PSA as the latest nominees for the ECSO STARtup Award 2024. These exceptional nominees have emerged as two of Europe’s most promising cybersecurity start-ups among a distinguished group of 11 top-tier European cybersecurity start-ups, carefully chosen from numerous applications spanning Europe.

The Cyber Investor Days serve as a platform for cybersecurity start-ups to pitch their innovative solutions to a panel of experts. This not only provides them with valuable exposure but also the opportunity to meet and convince potential investors. InnovationQuarter plays a crucial role by supporting start-ups and connecting them with investors, enabling them to seize growth opportunities in the cybersecurity market.

For the second year running, ECSO’s Cyber Investor Days returned to The Hague, attracting cybersecurity start-ups from across Europe. This year’s competition, organized in collaboration with the Women4Cyber Foundation, the Municipality of The HagueInnovationQuarter (IQ)TIIN CapitalSecurity Delta (HSD) and KPN Ventures, featured 11 promising European cybersecurity start-ups looking to take their ventures to the next level. The event, held at the HSD Campus, provided these start-ups with a unique opportunity to pitch their companies directly to potential investors and market players, with evaluations conducted by a Judging Panel consisting of experts in investment and entrepreneurship.

After a competitive round of pitches characterized by European innovation and resilience, the Judging Panel, which included experts such as Jeroen Schipper (CISO, Gemeente Den Haag), Alex Bos (Portfolio Manager, InnovationQuarter), Emmarique Delahaije (Investment Manager, KPN Ventures), Willy Mannheims (Managing Partner, eCAPITAL & Chair of ECSO Work Stream on Cybersecurity Investments), Bart Sondermeijer (CTO, Felton BV), and Reinout van der Meulen (Non-Executive Director, Awen Collective & TIIN Capital Representative), faced the challenging task of evaluating each pitch.

The Cyber Investor Days is a part of the 2023 Cyber Security Week in The Hague, coinciding with the ONE Conference, the Netherlands’ premier international cybersecurity event. As a hub for European cybersecurity, The Hague offers investors and cybersecurity enthusiasts a platform to engage with industry leaders, explore the latest trends, exchange insights, showcase innovations, raise awareness, and seek funding. With institutions like Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre, NATO Communications and Information Agency, Dutch cybersecurity agencies, and various cybersecurity businesses, The Hague is a prominent player in Europe’s cybersecurity landscape. The Security Delta (HSD) is the city’s cybersecurity ecosystem, boasting more than 275 public and private partners working together to secure our increasingly digital society, with the HSD Campus at its heart, providing access to knowledge, innovation, talent, capital, and market opportunities.

Read the official press release here.

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Alex Bos

Alex Bos

Investment Manager InnovationQuarter Capital