Global Security Challenge 2013 Summit Summary & Winners Announced!

Posted by jartese on Sep 13, 2013 10:54:59 AM

Yesterday Royal Holloway’s renowned Information Security Group played host to the 7th Global Security Challenge Summit, and fittingly, the founder of ISG, Fred Piper, opened the day. Since its conception in 2005, GSC has been bringing together innovative startups and industry stakeholders for pitches, panels and networking.

This year’s finalists presented innovative cyber security technologies, and travelled from around the world for the chance to be named this year’s winners. In the pre-revenue category, British startups ExactTrak, SQR Systems and Abatis Ltd were joined by Canada’s WhiteNoise Laboratories and Sweden’s Kikusema. In the post-revenue category, American firms Neurologix Security and Cohesive FT were challenged by Australia’s Serval Project Inc, Israel’s CheckMarx, and Spanish firm Agnitio SL.

Both morning and afternoon sessions featured lively panels and an engaged audience, exploring how to successfully partner, how to raise funds, how to avoid typical mistakes, and importantly, unmet cyber needs. Keynote Nick Coleman, IBM’s Global Head Cyber Security Intelligence, rounded the day off with his insights and experiences working in and with startups, government and big industry.

And now, for the winners!

In the pre-revenue category, the title went to British startup SQR Systems, who impressed the judges with their strong team and smart technology. Serval Project Inc received an honourable mention for their disruptive mesh network offering. In the post-revenue category, Cohesive FT were named winners. Judges particularly noted their clever market strategy and projections. Look out for their “I’m a Solver” posts on this blog in the coming weeks!

Much could be said about the energy and atmosphere of the event, but perhaps it is best said by the participants themselves. Below are a few snippets of the conversation taken from Twitter:

Looking forward to speaking about building and selling security companies at @gsc_13 #gsc2013 (@alexvans)

Enjoying listening to the pitches by the finalists @GSC_13 (@HugoRosemont)

Very interesting discussions on #CT and #cyber industry, public-private partnerships, and many other topics at #GCS2013 this morning @GSC_13 (@benoitgomis)

Great #GSC2013 panel discussion on public-private partnership in cyber security @gsc_13 (@FutureFP)

Great panel at #gsc2013 with @BeckyPinkard and a really engaged and thoughtful audience. (@stephenbonner)

@alexvans @GSC_13 interesting panel. Enjoyed your tips and made some useful notes at #gsc2013 (@geoUK)

@GSC_13 / #GSC2013 we're into the final break before the winners are announced. Seen some great presentation and ideas-too close to call... (@guybunker)

really chuffed to hear that @cohesiveft has won the Global Security Challenge 2013 @gsc_13 #GSC2013 (@cpswan)

Pleased to announce SQR Systems has won the 2013 Global Security Challenge startup category. Big thanks to @GSC_13 for organising the event. (@RockmanLaw)

Thanks to all of our active participants: our finalists, our speakers, our judges, and our sponsors and partners, CTTSO, ONR-G, C5 Capital, Chatham House, Royal Holloway, MySecurity, Australia Security Magazine, AsiaPacific Security Magazine and Global Security Finance, without whom this would not have been possible.


Authored by Siobhan Gibney Gomis, Director of Business Development, InnoCentive

Topics: Challenges, Seekers

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