UP21@it-sa Award: Apply now


The most important award for cyber security startups from the DACH region is entering a new round. The UP21 @ it-sa offers young companies the opportunity to prove themselves in speed pitches in front of a specialist audience, experts and investors, and to convince them. You gain more visibility and support startups by networking with the cybersecurity community and potential customers, partners and investors in accelerating their business development.

The most important award for cyber security startups

Startups from Germany, Austria and Switzerland can now submit their applications at . The application deadline is June 27, 2021.

The prerequisite for participation in the award and the associated CyberEconomy Match-Up for startups, makers and decision-makers is that the participating startups were founded no more than five years ago and they deal with the topics of IT security or data protection. An expert jury selects the ten most promising candidates from the submissions, who are allowed to face the public decision in an online pitch event and voting. In addition to experts from the IT security cluster, ATHENE / Fraunhofer SITs and the media partner Computerwoche, the specialist jury also includes representatives from Infinigate and the industry association Bitkom for the first time this year.

In a virtual match-up, the startups network with Europe's cybersecurity industries and establish valuable business contacts.

In addition to the award, the winning startup can look forward to a individual 5-day coaching tailored to the requirements of a startup. It also receives special conditions for participation in the startup area at it-sa 2022. The total value of the prize is € 10,000.

Information on the application process and the expert jury for UP21 @ it-sa:

The Startup Award UP @ it-sa is an initiative of the Digital Hub Cybersecurity, the IT Security Cluster and the it-sa Home of IT Security.

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