EU Cybersecurity Start-Up Ecosystem

EU Cybersecurity Start-Up Ecosystem
March 10th, 2022, Online

On 12 September 2018 the European Commission presented a proposal for a Regulation (the “Proposal”, the “Proposed Regulation “) which will establish (1) a European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre (ECCC), (2) a Network of National Coordination Centres (NCC) and a (3) Cybersecurity Competence Community (CC). At this stage, for example, not many details about the governance or financial provisions are revealed about the ECCC, which will be located in Bucharest (, or the other two layers (NCC, CC).

In 2019 EC launched four Pilot projects ( under Horizon2020 programme. CONCORDIA ( is one of those four projects with 52 official partners and many others in the process of joining the community. So called “Pan-European Cybersecurity Start-Up Community” (PECS-UP) is launched by CONCORDIA with a vision to improve agility in technology transfer and market adoption, as well as to integrate or link initiatives that provide access to funding, access to market or access to resources for European cybersecurity start-ups.

Start-up support service in CONCORDIA is provided through information, diffusion of best practices and matchmaking, executed in collaboration with entities such as ECSO (European Cybersecurity Organisation) or EIT Digital. In this context, we invite you to register for the webinar “EU cybersecurity start-ups today and tomorrow”

  • 10:00 – Welcome message by the EC
    • Martin Ubelhor (European Commission DG CONNECT Unit H1)
  • 10:10 – Opening and CONCORDIA introduction
    • Gabi Dreo (Coordinator of CONCORDIA project)
  • 10:20 – From research to innovation: Supporting IT security startups in a research environment
    • Friederike Schneider (Cube 5)
  • 10:30 – EIT Digital Management Agenda 2022: Cybersecurity Ecosystem Building
    • Tuan Trinh (Interim Node Director, EIT Digital Hungary)
  • 10:45 – Benefits of cybersecurity ecosystems for start-ups
    • Antonio La Marra (Co-founder, and CEO of Security Forge)
  • 11:00 – Cybersecurity ecosystem in Finland
    • Lea Myyryläinen, (EIT Digital Director Finland) and Marko Komssi (F-Secure)
  • 11:15 – Investments in cybersecurity start-ups
    • Gonzalo Perez Rodriguez (Wayra)
  • 11:30 – Growth and funding for EU cybersecurity start-ups
    • Ingrid SÖLLNER (Tehtris)
  • 11:40 – SecurIT open call for cybersecurity start-ups and SMEs, Urszula Sobek (FundingBox)
  • 11:50 – Panel “ECCC and start-ups: challenges and road ahead”
    • Moderator: Aljosa Pasic, (Atos)
    • Participants:
      • Nicolas Kourtellis (Telefonica), TBC
      • Ovidiu Costel Mihaila (Bitdefender)
      • Barbara Carminati (Università degli Studi dell’Insubria)
      • Milda Kaklauskaite (ECSO)
  • 12:10 – Wrap-up and closing