On 4 October, during Cyber Security Week 2018 the fifth edition of the Access to Capital event took place at the Fokker Terminal In The Hague. Entrepreneurs from the Cybersecurity sector had the possibility to meet eachother and discuss business plans. Furthermore, a pitching contest was organised where speaker Hans Henseler spoke about security in his keynote: "From a more secure society to seeking justice and protecting the innocent". In addition, the announcement of a new Dutch tech Fund took place.
Investing in innovation
Access to Capital is one of the requirements to have the ability to innovate. To support starting and fast-growing entrepreneurs of the security sector, the Access to Capital event has been initiated by a collective of parties. The positive effects for the pitching organisations has been proven, which is why the organising parties: InnovationQuarter, Rabobank Regio Den Haag, Value Creation Capital, TIIN Capital and HSD Office initiated the fifth annual edition of this event, this year.
These kind of meetings where investor matches are made, are an upcoming trend. It is a place where collaborations arise that have a strong spin-off in the region in terms of employment opportunities. Innovation, securing data, and developing knowledge on these topics is something that partners heartily support.
Pitching organisations and winner
During the interactive day of inspiration, sharing experiences and information about funding, 6 innovative entrepreneurs pitched their businessplans within the area of cybersecurity. The winner, Sahar Ismail of Legacy Armour was selected by a professional jury. An overview of all the pitchers and investors that attended the event can be viewed here.