The Summit is the highpoint at the end of the Challenge, which spans several months, and whose legacy spans several years. But this gathering of security stakeholders is not just about viewing pitches and ultimately awarding winners in our two prize categories. It’s also about bringing together innovative start-ups and SMEs, with innovation-enablers such as investors and industry partners, with end users such as government and commercial industry. The GSC serves as a forum for discussion and interaction, through informal networking sessions, but also through an exciting slate of structured panels.
The first panel of the day will cover an important mechanism that many start-ups and SMEs rely on to gain access to this sensitive market, namely partnerships. Panel 1, Partnering for Market Success. Partnering with industry, government and other players can bring start-ups many benefits. Panellists include Julian Dean, CTO of start-up ThinkingSafe; Sophie Ellis, heading up CGI’s innovation partnerships with SMEs as UK Alliance Director at CGI UK IT; and Hugo Rosemont, Security Analyst & PhD Candidate and King’s College London, with extensive experience navigating public-private partnerships in the security and defence space. Drawing on their experience on either side of such partnerships, the panel will explore key questions such as effective partnering business models, IP considerations, speed to agreement and open innovation/crowd partnership.
The second panel explores start-up growth, covering “How to build and sell your cyber business”. Investment Director at Boundary Capital, Richard Leaver, and Alex van Someren, Managing Partner of Seed Funds at Amadeus Capital Partners will share perspectives and lessons from an investor’s perspective, while Paul Grant, Founder of the Funding Game will add his experience as an entrepreneur and fundraising expert.
The most successful companies address a need or gap in the market, and there are many cyber needs that aren’t currently being addressed. Our third panel will discuss and debate these needs to inspire the entrepreneurs in the room. Panel 3 benefits from the expertise of Helen Almey, Lead Technologist in Personal Security at the UK’s Technology Strategy Board; Stephen Bonner, Partner at KPMG; Mike Patterson, Executive Director of International Technology Sales LLC, who will speak to US government-identified needs; and Becky Pinkard, Global Manager SOC at Blackberry.
The final panel of the day is a crowd favourite: “Biggest mistakes start-ups make”. In previous iterations, we’ve seen the audience pitching in to share their mistakes as well, making for a light-hearted, but incredibly valuable sharing session. Our panel is Nadeem Amin, Managing Director of UK Consulting Group; David Frodsham, Partner of CEO Collaborative Forum; James Gasteen, Founder of Precursive; and Bruce Johnstone, Growth Manager at Growth Accelerator.
IBM’s Global Head Cyber Security Intelligence Nick Coleman will deliver the keynote speech, drawing together topics covered throughout the day and sharing his thoughts on the future of cyber security. This will be followed by the award ceremony, when the 2013 winners will be announced.
We’re looking forward to an exciting day of strong pitches, lively panel discussions, and expert insights. There are a few places remaining, so if anyone would like to join us on September 12th, please reach out at your earliest convenience.
Authored by Siobhán Gibney Gomis, Director, Business Development at InnoCentive