IT-Seal,  Winner of the UP18@it-sa Award

Winners of the UP18@it-sa Award

Alex Wyllie & David Kelm | Managing Directors IT-Seal

"Dear entrepreneurs, cybersecurity will shape our future, and your innovations are shaping part of that future! Our clear recommendation: Have the courage, seize the opportunity and show your colours at Europe's largest trade fair for cybersecurity and at the ATHENE Startup Award UP22@it-sa! We look forward to welcoming you to the cybersecurity community."

UP@it-sa-Award | Winner UP19 - Alex Christophe

Winner of the UP19@it-sa Award 

Alex Christophe | Sales Director IDEE

"The ATHENE Startup Award UP@it-sa is a great opportunity to compete with the best cybersecurity startups in the DACH region, but also to learn from each other and grow yourself! My strong recommendation: apply!"

Mirko Ross, asvin - Winner UP20@it-sa Award

Winner of the UP20@it-sa Award

Mirko Ross | Managing Director asvin

"I am impressed by the quality of the submissions and presentation of the last four years. Germany has something to offer in terms of excellent cybersecurity startups! So, it's worth watching the finals." 
UP@it-sa-Award | Winner UP21 - XingSys

Winner of the UP21@it-sa Award

Markus Hertlein | Managing Director XignSys

"XignSys was named the best cybersecurity startup in the DACH region by winning the UP21@it-sa Award. The award is something very special for us, not least because we were able to prevail against strong competitors. The award was accompanied by an exclusive supporting programme at it-sa, which enabled us to meet important decision-makers from politics and business. The UP@it-sa Award is one of the most sustainable awards!
Winner ATHENE Startup Award UP22@it-sa |  Mirko Mollik
Jury, Andreas Bechtold

"The startup scene in the cybersecurity industry is certainly one of the most active worldwide. Supporting startups from the DACH region with their go-to-market strategy is an important component of future success." 

Andreas Bechtold, CRO Infinigate Group

Simon Hülsbömer

"I am absolutely sure, IT security startups from the German-speaking region will inspire us with innovations, ideas and immense verve at the ATHENE Startup Award UP22@it-sa - for the fifth time already! As a representative of the UP media partner, I also always enjoy reporting on the event and the nominated startups. I have been part of the jury from the very beginning and am impressed every year by the exciting projects we get to be a part of. I hope to see you in Nuremberg!"

Simon Hülsbömer, Senior Project Manager – Editorial Office, COMPUTERWOCHE

ATHENE Startup Award UP23@it-sa | Jury, Peter Kaiser
ATHENE Startup Award UP22@it-sa | IT-SEC Dr. Matthias Kampmann

This year, Dr. Matthias Kampmann, Head of Research and Development at IT-Sicherheitscluster e. V., is enriching the jury for the first time:

"Offering an award that prominently highlights the best in the DACH region demands and promotes a competitive as well as innovative environment, also with a view to digital sovereignty in Europe. We are helping to put the horsepower of fresh ideas on the road and I thank you for the trust and honour to be a member of the jury in 2022."

Oliver Küch, Fraunhofer SIT

"Applied research plays a special role in the founding of startups in Germany - many of the successful startups are direct spin-offs from research institutions or arise from cooperations with them. Startups are an important building block in the successful transfer of research. Everyone benefits from this in the long term: society, the state and the economy. That's why we at ATHENE/Fraunhofer SIT support this award." 

Oliver Küch, Director Marketing and PR, Fraunhofer SIT

ATHENE Startup Award UP22@it-sa | Jury Simran Mann
"The strengthening and strategic use of our excellent IT security location must be a core concern in the coming years. Cybersecurity must be understood as a key technology and the innovative spirit of science, business and startups must be brought together.
The ATHENE Startup Award UP22@it-sa contributes exactly to this and I am looking forward to being a judge this year!" 

Simran Mann
, Security Policy & Information Security Officer, Bitkom e.V.

ATHENE Startup Award UP23@it-sa | Jury, Mirko Mollik
ATHENE Startup Award UP23@it-sa | Jury, Simone Sertl
UP22@it-sa Award | The Initiators

Questions? Suggestions?

Contact for questions about the award:

Ute Richter,
ATHENE Digital Hub Cybersecurity 

Lena Kress,
ATHENE Digital Hub Cybersecurity

Contact for questions about participation at it-sa 365:

it-sa 365 Team,


Contact for questions about sponsorship:

Dr. Matthias Kampmann,
IT-Sicherheitscluster e. V.