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OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT CYBERSECURITY PARTNER

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100+ startups from

25+ countries

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Participate in

UnLock Startup Pitch Competition

and

win up to

AED 100,000

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100+ startups from

25+ countries

|

Participate in

UnLock Startup Pitch Competition

and

win up to

AED 100,000

-

Where vision meets opportunity

Are you ready to revolutionize the industry with your innovative startup? GISEC Cyber Stars invites you to step into the spotlight and showcase your bold ideas to a global audience of industry leaders. Fuel your ambition with the UnLocK Pitch Competition, where you'll have the chance to prove your entrepreneurial mettle and compete for top honors in the GISEC Cyber Stars Startup Pitch Competition. It's time to make your mark and unlock the future of cybersecurity!

{ Award Categories }

Best Global Startup

The winner will be selected as the most impressive startup based on creativity, business model, market opportunity etc.

Best Startup in the region

This category will be limited to GCC startups only to promote and support the regional-local startup community and promote startup culture.

Best Innovative Idea

This category will be limited to start-ups only to promote idea of entrepreneurship for the budding and aspiring young minds and at the same time giving them exposure to the startup eco system.

Best Emirati Startup

This category will be limited to Emirati(UAE) startups only to promote and support the local startup community and promote startup culture

Best Innovative Idea
(Academia)

This category will be limited to universities/academia only to promote idea of entrepreneurship for the budding and aspiring young minds and at the same time giving them exposure to the startup eco system.

{ EXCITING EXPERIENCES ARE WAITING FOR YOU }

BEGIN YOUR STARTUP JOURNEY WITH THE PLATFORM BUILT TO ELEVATE YOUR IDEAS TO SUCCESS.

{ Our Judges }

Ahmed AlZarouni

Head of IT,
Investment Corporation of Dubai

UAE

Sanjeev Walia

Founder and President,
Spire Solutions

Ankush Johar

Director & Ambassador of Global Cyber Alliance,
Infosec Ventures & Lloyds Ventures

A seasoned industry veteran at the helm of the cybersecurity division within the UAE's fastest-growing and forward-thinking investment firm

Ahmed Al Zarouni

Head of IT & President of Happiness Club,
Investment Corporation of Dubai

UAE

Ahmed Al Zarooni

Head of IT,
Investment Corporation of Dubai (UAE)

Ankush Johar

Director & Ambassador of Global Cyber Alliance,
Infosec Ventures & Lloyds Ventures

Sanjeev Walia

Founder and President,,
Spire Solutions

Top cybersecurity influencer; known as "Cybersecurity girl" with over 800,000 followers

Caitlin Sarian

Cybersecurity Influencer,
Cybersecurity Girl LLC

United States of America

Global trailblazer, driving the company’s cybersecurity vision of building a safe and secure intelligent connected digital world

Dr. Aloysius Cheang

Chief Security Officer,
Huawei Middle East & Central Asia

CISO of world’s largest international airline flying to over 143 destinations

Thomas Heuckeroth

SVP IT Infrastructure & CyberSecurity, Group CISO,
The Emirates Group

UAE

Leading De Bacci Capital to unite global investors and innovators in trust and exclusivity.

Countessina Anna De Bacci

Co-Founder & CEO,
De Bacci Capital

UK

Brings a decade of deep tech startup investment experience to Africa

Vianney Mathonnet

General Partner,
Modus Africa

An early-stage investor specializes in Enterprise SaaS, Consumer, and Fintech opportunities emerging

Vatsalya Tandon

Analyst,
Bessemer Venture Partners

India

Spearheads international investments in early-stage B2B, ESG-positive tech startups

Amit Zutshi

Founder and Managing Partner,
Morphosis Venture Capital Limited

USA

Nadine Zerrini

Director,
Founder Institute Boston Accelerator

Innovation consultant and AI evangelist, drives transformative initiatives in corporate innovation

A visionary leader and business strategist, guides SMEs and startups to global success

Dr. Hanan El Basha

Managing Director,
Founder Institute GCC

A Cyber Security professional with UAE Cyber Security Council

Fatima Alneyadi

Cyber Security Analyst,
UAE Cyber Security Council

Global CISO of a Fortune 500 company & America’s No. 1 apparel brand

Dr. John Opala

VP & Global Chief Information Security Officer, ,
Hanesbrands Inc, US

Drives impactful investments in emerging markets, spearheading top decile financial returns

Noor Sweid

Founder and Managing Partner,
Global Ventures

Securing the world's third busiest railway network

Dimitri van Zantvliet

Cybersecurity Director / CISO,
Dutch Railways

Netherlands

CISO at an Award winning innovative Saudi fintech company, Named CISO of the Year

Mohammed Al-Doseri

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO),
Tasheel Finance

Saudi Arabia

Global CISO of world's largest digital connected fitness company

Alex Attumalil

Global Chief Information Security Officer,
Under Armour

United States of America

At the forefront of cybersecurity, AI, and risk management for the largest Swiss banking institution and the largest private bank in the world

Rochak Agrawal

Executive Director, Head of Risk Management,
UBS

Singapore

Multi-award winning, cybersecurity influencer, globally recognized thought leader & cybersecurity evangelist

Chuck Brooks

Globally recognized thought leader and evangelist for Cybersecurity,

United States of America

BRAND PRESENCE

BRAND PRESENCE

Showcase your cyber innovation inside our enormous exhibition space with over 20,000 attendees.

MATCHMAKING PLATFORM

MATCHMAKING PLATFORM

Matchmaking platform provided to each startup to book meetings with attendees via the GISEC Mobile App

BOOST RESILIENCE

BOOST RESILIENCE

Make a difference and join us in making the Cyber world a better place.

SPEAKING OPPORTUNITY

SPEAKING OPPORTUNITY

Direct Entry to UnLock startup pitch competition with a prize pool of up to AED 100,000

MENTORSHIP LABS

MENTORSHIP LABS

Access to mentorship sessions from top investors, accelerators, incubators, corporate and government organizations

WIN THE PRIZE MONEY

WIN THE PRIZE MONEY

Show them what you’ve got! The winner of the pitch competition will walk away with a handsome amount of prize money.

CONNEXIONS LOUNGE

CONNEXIONS LOUNGE

We’ve got programs that help to strategize and to easily reach out potential business opportunities.

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU

We're here to assist you make the most out of your journey to success. Receive full support of our team from start to finish.

{ Confirmed Startups }

Nucleon Security
Orcagreen Services Private Limited
Octopus Cybersecurity Inc
SafeStack Limited
Security Triggers FZCO
SharePass Pty Ltd
Siemba Inc.
Softler LLC
STELLA NEXT TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED
Zero Networks Ltd
ActiveBytes Innovations LLC
Blackout Inc.
Bugbusterslabs Private Limited
Cyberwaze information Technology consultants Est
Forefront Europe Ltd
NANITOR EHF
SyberNow Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
OneVisage
MENAINFOSEC, Inc
Build38-Mobile App Security
Mitigant by Resility GmbH
SUDO Consultants FZ-LLC
dPhish Inc.
Maltiverse SL
PentesterLab Pty Ltd
DiTech Solutions LLC
ACUTIV
Secured Approach
Sycope S.A
COSGrid Systems Private Limited
AEGISTER S.P.A.
CyberStash Pty. Ltd.
CybWk Private Limited
DataFabrika FZE
Digital Silence, LTD.
DigitalXForce Corporation
Ejyle Technologies (P) Ltd
Filigran
Jumpstart Security Pty Ltd
KoCyber LTD
Kratikal Tech Private Limited
Leira Arabia for Information Technology
Pinak Infosec Pvt. Ltd.
Ridge Security Technology Inc.
Bosch Global Software Technologies Private Limited  AIShield
BYOS USA, Inc.
Cequence Security
Cyber Silo Inc
Cloud Application Security Inc.

{ A Glimpse of 2023’s startups pitch competition }

LET’S CREATE YOUR STARTUP MOMENTUM TOGETHER

Register to book your Startup Pod. We will contact you soonest.

{ Connect with Investors / VC }

{ Connect with Investors / VC }

Leading De Bacci Capital to unite global investors and innovators in trust and exclusivity.

Countessina Anna De Bacci

Co-Founder & CEO,
De Bacci Capital

UK

Brings a decade of deep tech startup investment experience to Africa

Vianney Mathonnet

General Partner,
Modus Africa

An early-stage investor specializes in Enterprise SaaS, Consumer, and Fintech opportunities emerging

Vatsalya Tandon

Analyst,
Bessemer Venture Partners

India

Keen focus on internet marketplaces and India SaaS and an active investor

Anant Puri

Partner,
Bessemer Venture Partners

India

An early-stage investor specializes in cloud software, internet marketplaces, and ML platforms

Aparna Chaganty

Senior Associate,
Bessemer Venture Partners

India

Spearheads international investments in early-stage B2B, ESG-positive tech startups

Amit Zutshi

Founder and Managing Partner,
Morphosis Venture Capital Limited

Innovation consultant and AI evangelist, drives transformative initiatives in corporate innovation

Nadine Zerrini

Director,
Founder Institute Boston Accelerator

USA

A visionary leader and business strategist, guides SMEs and startups to global success

Dr. Hanan El Basha

Managing Director,
Founder Institute GCC

Leading financial engineer excelling in international business, environmental advocacy

Sheikh Muhammad Noman

Co-Founder & BDP,
Halliday Growth/ Vrijednosnice Osijek Holding / Mortgage Hub

Drives impactful investments in emerging markets, spearheading top decile financial returns

Noor Sweid

Founder and Managing Partner,
Global Ventures