Startup cybersecurity ecosystem map 2022

24 October, 2022


Companies of all types face cyber threats. Data-driven and smart-solutions companies are particularly at risk. We once wrote about an Armenian startup that successfully fights phishing emails, which are almost always the first tool in cyberattacks.

In response to the growing need of companies for cyber security solutions, the number of projects, investors, accelerators and other ecosystem participants is increasing rapidly.

Ross Haleliuk, venture capitalist and product director at LimaCharlie, has put together a map of the global cybersecurity startup ecosystem.

He analysed 70 entry and growth points for cybersecurity startup founders, including cybersecurity-focused VCs, angels, investment banks, accelerators and incubators, awards, events, pitch competitions and more.

The author's article is a brief description of each cybersecurity company. 

A full list of organisations with links is in this excel file. And if you have something to add to the list, the author suggests you do so.

Below we share the list of rewards for cybersecurity startups. Participating in cybersecurity awards contests can be a great way for startups to get additional visibility, validation, and media attention. The following are awards that recognize entrepreneurs in the industry.

SC Awards

The SC Awards are one of the most prestigious and competitive honors in the cybersecurity industry. For over 20 years, SC Awards recognize the solutions, organizations, and people that are advancing the practice of security. There are two award types: Trust Awards for cybersecurity products and services, and Excellence Awards for top cybersecurity companies and their leaders, investors, and financial partners.

Cyber Defense Magazine’s Cyber Defense Awards

The Cyber Defense Magazine’s Cyber Defense Awards is honoring cyber defense innovators across all verticals and segments of the industry.

International Cybersecurity Forum (FIC) Startup Award

The International Cybersecurity Forum (FIC) Startup Award aims to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in the European cybersecurity sector. The jury consists of product users, investment funds, representatives of ANSSI and the Ministries of Interiors and of the Armed Forces from European countries.

ECSO’s Cybersecurity STARtup Award

ECSO’s Cybersecurity STARtup Award was created to increase the awareness and visibility of leading cybersecurity startups in Europe, both at the European and the global levels. The Award leverages ECSO’s Cyber Investors Day, a well-known industry event, as well as other events run by ECSO’s partners to spotlight some of the most promising European cybersecurity startups and SMEs.

Startup Europe Awards (SEUA)

The Startup Europe Awards (SEUA) is a European initiative promoted by the European Commission, supported by the Committee of the Regions and the European Parliament, and implemented by the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe. Cybersecurity is one of the areas covered by the award.