Carme Artigas promotes innovation, talent and entrepreneurship in cybersecurity at the STARtup Awards

The Secretary of State for Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence of the Spanish Government participated in this event in Bilbao, which has gathered over 200 experts.

Award STARtup del European Cyber Security Organisation

200+ experts gathered at the European Cyber Security Organisation’s (ECSO) STARtup Award, jointly hosted by Spanish National Cybersecurity Institute (INCIBE) and Basque CyberSecurity Centre (BCSC) in Bilbao. On 7 and 8 March, start-up CEOs met with investors and cybersecurity experts at the two-day event, which consisted of panel discussions, start-up presentations and networking opportunities. 

The Spanish Secretary of State for Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence, Carme Artigas, has participated in the event, emphasising that “Spain ranks second in the EU in the Global Cybersecurity Index and we are the fourth most cybersecure country in the world. These figures are the result of our government's commitment to this sector as a vector for economic and technological growth and progress”.

After rounds of pitches from the top 11 European cybersecurity start-ups selected during the 2022 series of ECSO’s Cyber Investor Days, the members of the European Awards Committee (composed of European cybersecurity experts) was chosen Mindflow as the winner of the ECSO STARtup Award 2022. 

This prestigious recognition from cybersecurity peers aims at raising awareness, visibility and exposure of cutting-edge European cybersecurity start-ups, contributing to a more cyber-resilient Europe.The winner received a one-year subscription to 'ECSO's Cybersecurity made a Europe' Label, mentorship by one of the members European Judging Panel and international recognition and visibility within the European cybersecurity community.

During the ECSO STARtup Award in Bilbao, the cybersecurity community met to attend pitches, engage in topical panel discussions to exchange ideas, best practices, and join multiple networking opportunities. The event provided European cybersecurity businesses with access to finance and market opportunities to boost private investments in the European cybersecurity industry and promote Europe-based cybersecurity products, services and suppliers.

About ECSO’s STARtup Award

ECSO, its members and partners created the Award in 2020 to strengthen cybersecurity investment in Europe and promote the next European cybersecurity champions.
The Award is built around a shared belief that European cybersecurity companies delivering ground-breaking cybersecurity solutions need recognition and investment to scale up and develop. The Award leverages ECSO Cyber Investor Days, the most important cybersecurity business matchmaking event, to source the nominees and discover the most promising European cybersecurity start-ups and SMEs.

The Award consists of a series of local competitions and the final contest. The winners of each regional event become nominated for the final round and are chosen by local juries according to a set list of criteria provided by ECSO. The nominees come to the final ceremony to pitch to the European Judging Panel. The Judging Panel deciding the winner of the STARtup Award comprises investors, CISOs, large cybersecurity companies, ECSO representatives and cybersecurity experts from all over Europe.