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Access-2-Finance, 21 November 2023, Rennes (France)

The first French edition of the ECCC Access-2-Finance Matchmaking Event is scheduled to be held on 21 November in Rennes.

The first French edition of the ECCC Access-2-Finance Matchmaking Event, jointly organised by the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre (ECCC), the French National Coordination Centre (NCC-FR), the Women4Cyber Foundation, Sopra Steria, Pole d’Excellence Cyber, Région Bretagne, and Klecha & Co., and powered by the European Cybersecurity COmmunity (ECCO) project, is scheduled to be held on 21 November in Rennes, as a side event to the European Cyber Week

This event will provide some of the most promising European cybersecurity startups with the unique opportunity to present their innovative cybersecurity solutions and engage with prominent investors and corporations from across Europe. 

Besides the competition, the event will feature keynote speeches exploring the topic of "defence" in today’s digital age, complementing the presence of the French Ministry of Defence at the European Cyber Week. 

For European start-ups: Ambitious to pitch on a European stage?

European startups are invited to apply by submitting their application form, which can be in jpg, png, pdf, doc, docx, or pages format, and include a 5-7 slide pitch deck in pdf format, ensuring it remains under 1 MB in size. Please find the application forms on the European Cyber Week website HERE. These materials must be sent to this e-mail address: stephane [dot] grousseauatsoprasteria [dot] com (stephane[dot]grousseau[at]soprasteria[dot]com)

Keep your application convincing and concise. Respect the indicated character limit. The selection committee will finally select between 8-12 European start-ups to pitch. 
The Judging Panel: The event will feature a Judging Panel comprised of experts in cybersecurity, investment and entrepreneurship. This Panel will evaluate the pitches and select two startups with the most compelling pitches to compete for the prestigious ECSO STARtup Award in early 2024 in Germany. This time, the Panel will include Chantal CAUDRON DE COQUEROMONT (DGA MI), Bertrand BLOND (ComCyber), Olivier MANGEOT (DGA), Stéphane KLECHA (Klecha & Co.), Quentin BESNARD (Tikehau Capital), William LECAT (Auriga Cyber Ventures), Daniel GERGES (Cyber Booster / Le poool), Olivier GUERIN (ANSSI), a representative from Women4Cyber, and a representative from ECCO. 
The submission deadline is 27 October 2023 by Close of Business (COB). 

Are you an investor, integrator, or other cybersecurity enthusiast wanting to attend?

The ECCC warmly welcomes all interested parties to join the event. To attend, you need to be registered for the European Cyber Week. You may do so on their website.

Programme of the event:

9h30 – 9h40: Opening session Geoffroy HERMANN (NCC-FR) 
9h40 – 10h30: 1st startups pitch session 
10h30 – 11h: Break 
11h – 11h15: About startups and French Ministry of Army keynote, Bertrand Blond (ComCyber) 
11h15 – 12h15: 2nd startups pitch session 
12h15 – 12h30: Closing keynote, Florent KIRCHNER (NCC-FR)

For more information about this event and the submission process, please visit HERE.

  • cybersecurity
  • Tuesday 21 November 2023, 09:30 - 12:30 (CET)

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Tuesday 21 November 2023, 09:30 - 12:30 (CET)