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European Day, Access 2 Market 

The ECCC Access-2-Market matchmaking event co-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., powered by the European Cybersecurity Community project (ECCO), will take place on the 21 November 2023 at the European Cyber Week in Rennes, France.

The goal is to enable a tailored setting for CISOs and corporate leaders to meet, and spark connections, with some of Europe’s most eminent cybersecurity providers. Join us in Rennes to interact with other stakeholders from the European Cybersecurity Community and take part in the exchange of information and ideas on the two prevailing topics in cybersecurity today: “Critical Infrastructure”.

Besides outstanding networking opportunities, experts have been invited to dig deep into the dedicated theme of the day, and to share their insights in the form of keynote speeches.

For European scale-ups and large growth companies: ambitious to pitch on a European stage?

Cybersecurity companies that have developed innovative solutions or products are encouraged to apply to pitch in this event. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your expertise and share your insights with an audience of enthusiastic cybersecurity buyers and market participants (such as CISOs, integrators and investors). 



Application process:

  • To be considered for the event, the company should provide a 13 slides pitch deck to illustrate how it meets the selection criteria. 

  • Europe-based companies – The company must have its Main headquarter in Europe and a minimum 51% European Capital in the ownership structure.

  • Pitch decks shall be sent to Stephane Grousseau at before 27 October COB.

  • Upon meeting the criteria, up to 10 companies will be selected to present their solutions and products at the event in Katowice. 


Selection criteria for cybersecurity providers to be included in the pitch deck:

  1. Europe-based small and medium enterprises – headquartered in Europe and minimum 51% European capital in the ownership structure.

  2. Both product and service providers in the area of “Critical Infrastructure” – no re-sellers or integrators (but representatives of those categories are very welcome to join the event)

  3. Description of the solution/product matching the theme of the event.

  4. Use case example.

  5. List of the main clients.

  6. List of certifications (if applicable).

  7. Data residency/sovereignty information – demonstrate to show where the users' data is stored).

  8. Security practices – demonstrate how the company ensures its infrastructure security and implements security assessment.

  9. Integration potential – demonstrate how well the company’s solution can integrate with IT frameworks and other cybersecurity products.

  10. Ease of deployment – demonstrate how quickly the solution can be deployed and how many resources are needed.

  11. Maintainability – showcase how much resources are required to monitor the solution, how solution maintenance is implemented and if it requires hiring people or involving third parties in its maintenance.


Additional information to be included in the pitch deck:

  1. Size of the company – in terms of staff numbers (Full-time equivalents/FTEs).

  2. Annual turnover – in euros or converted in euros. 

  3. How long is the company on the market.


Selected companies will be granted a 5-minute pitch in front of a European audience and a jury composed by CISOs. The two companies with the best pitches, as elected by the jury, will be nominated to compete in ECSO’s CISO Choice Award Finals.


Send an e-mail to Stephane Grousseau at where you indicate your interest to pitch, with your 13 slides pitch deck attached (pdf, 1 MB size).

IMPORTANT: Please keep your application convincing and concise. The selection committee will choose 10 European providers to pitch during the ECCC Access-2-Market matchmaking event on the 21 November 2023 in Rennes, France.


Call for cybersecurity investors and integrators

Are you an investor, industry expert or other cybersecurity enthusiast and interested in joining the ECCC Access-2-Market matchmaking event as an attendee? Attendance is open to all who have registered for the European Cyber Week. Have you not registered yet? We welcome you to register HERE.


THE JURY: the Access-2-Market jury will be composed of, among others, major CISO cyber reference actors. Thus, will be participating Jacques BODILIS (ARKEA), Jean-Pierre BOURBIGOT (EDF), Gwenaelle QUEMENER (ComCyber), François MASSARDIER (DGA), Quentin BESNARD (Tikehau), Lucie POIRAUD (Groupe ATLANTIC). Point out that others European CISO will complete the jury.


Program of the event

13h30 – 13h45

opening session, Francesco BARBATO (ECCC) + Geoffroy HERMANN (NCC-FR)

13h45 – 15h

1st scaleups pitch session

15h – 15h30


15h30 – 15h45

Jacques BODILIS (ARKEA CISO) keynote

15h45 – 16h45

2nd scaleups pitch session

16h45 – 17h

Jean-Pierre BOURBIGOT (EDF CISO) closing keynote



ECSO’s CISO Choice Award

A CISO Jury Panel will carefully evaluate the pitches from the selected companies and nominate the two best companies to take part in ECSO’s CISO Choice Awards Finals Event. At the ECSO CISO Choice Awards Finals Event, finalists from the ECCC Access-2-Market series will meet to compete for the final prize and the opportunity to meet with leading market players and buyers in Europe. Stay tuned.


Special Women4Cyber Entrepreneurship Award

ECSO and the Women4Cyber Foundation joined forces to acknowledge and celebrate women leaders in the cybersecurity field. For more information, click here.


The ECCC Access-2-Finance matchmaking event is organised as a side event of the European Cyber Week (21 –23 November), in Rennes France. It is a unique opportunity to attend these two cybersecurity events with leading content, renowned speakers and some of Europe’s most exiting cybersecurity start-ups and scale-ups.

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