UP21@it-sa Award – The best cybersecurity start-up in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland?

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UP21@it-sa Award – The best cybersecurity start-up in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland?


UP21 - XignSys Award Ceremony

Future-oriented authentication for our everyday life: Congratulations to XignSys - the winner of the UP21@it-sa Award.

The it-sa team and the co-initiators Digital Hub Cybersecurity and IT-Sicherheitscluster e.V. congratulate the start-up from Gelsenkirchen! 

The award ceremony with keynote and panel discussion took place on
14 October, 10:00 - 11:00 am, live at it-sa 2021.

The recording will be available shortly.

These were the ten finalists

Bitahoy | Brighter AI Technologies | Code Intelligence | CodeShield | CyberTrap Software | Decentriq | LocateRisk | Nect | TrustCerts | XignSys 

Watch the one-minute videoclips of the ten nominated start-ups that want to make the world safer with their innovative cybersecurity solutions today and in the future.

UP21@it-sa Award | Logos of the Nominees
Aimino, CertX and QuantiCor Security also received an honorable mention for their forward-looking solutions.

UP21@it-sa Award
 –  Presented by

Digital Hub Cybersecurity | IT Security and Safety Cluster | NürnbergMesse

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Be there!

The UP21@it-sa Award is a unique platform tied into Europe's leading trade fair for IT security: for start-ups to attract both attention and new customers and partners, and for trade fair visitors to discover exciting innovations from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland!

More attention!

The UP21@it-sa Award is embedded in a comprehensive package for networking and PR purposes: starting with the presence at it-sa365, followed by the award homepage and social media activities, as well as videos and brochures.

A prize that helps!

Not only will the winner hold the UP21@it-sa trophy in their hands, their main prize is a 5-day coaching and mentoring session from Digital Hub Cybersecurity and IT Security Cluster, specially tailored to the needs of the winners.

The topics are determined together with the winners: they will tell us what they need and we will work out the best format. We will coach and train them on almost everything a promising cyber start-up will need to succeed: on sales, marketing, positioning, internationalization, technical feedback, and product development or organizational development. It will also receive special conditions for participation in the Startup Area at it-sa 2022. All things together the overall value of the prize is a total of 10,000€!

Prize for all nominees

All nominated start-ups can present themselves free of charge at it-sa365 with the Company & Product Package.



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


Mirko Ross | Managing Director, asvin GmbH, winner of the UP20@it-sa Award

"The UP20@it-sa Award is a special award and recognition for asvin. The award has attracted international attention and has an impact far beyond the German-speaking region. Up20@it-sa has sent a positive signal to customers, partners and investors: asvin is one of the best cybersecurity startups in DACH area!" 

asvin GmbH

IDEE - Winner of the UP19@it-sa Award


Alex Christoph | Sales Director of IDEE GmbH, winner of the UP19@it-sa Award

"The UP21@it-sa Award 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 clear recommendation: apply!"



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


Alex Wyllie & David Kelm | Managing Director IT-Seal GmbH, winners of the UP18@it-sa Award

“Dear entrepreneurs, cybersecurity will shape our future and your innovations will be part of this future!
My clear recommendation: Have the courage, seize the opportunity and show your colours at Europe's largest trade fair for cybersecurity and at the UP21@it-sa Award! We look forward to welcoming you to the cybersecurity community.”

IT-Seal GmbH

The Jury 

Simon Hülsbömer

Simon Hülsbömer

Senior Project Manager – magazine, COMPUTERWOCHE

“I am looking forward to UP21@it-sa - once again, the competition will inspire us with exciting start-ups. The experiences of the past three years have shown: We can expect strong founders, great projects, innovative ideas, and entertaining pitches. A lot of good reasons to be there.”
Oliver Küch

Oliver Küch

Director Marketing and PR, Fraunhofer SIT

"Strong cybersecurity start-ups are very important to us at Fraunhofer SIT and ATHENE, and, from a technical perspective, we see great potential here in Germany. We are therefore pleased that the UP@it-sa Award will be precisely honoring the start-ups in the DACH area and thus provide exciting insights into a growing innovation community. It will be worth your while to participate!" 

Sandra Wiesbeck

Sandra Wiesbeck

Managing Director, IT Security and Safety Cluster

"IT security is a race between security researchers and hackers. This requires fresh ideas like those brought by the participants of the UP@it-sa Award. That's why the IT Security Cluster e.V. supports the award as a consortium partner of the Digital Start-up Initiative Oberpfalz (DGO)."

Jury, Andreas Bechtold

Andreas Bechtold

Senior Vice President Corporate Development, Infinigate Holding GmbH

"Innovative, new solutions are an important driver towards more cyber security in companies of all sizes. We know the requirements and expectations for new players in this market and are happy to support start-ups in assessing the commercial aspects as part of up@it-sa."

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

Mirko Ross

Managing Director, asvin GmbH

"The UP21@it-sa presents the best cybersecurity startups in the DACH area. I am looking forward to presentations of the best founders in the UP21@it-sa finals!" 

Sebastian Artz

Sebastian Artz

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

"The strengthening and strategic use of our already excellent IT security location must be a core concern in the upcoming years. It is important to understand cyber security as a key technology and to bring together the innovative spirit of science, business and start-ups. The UP21@it-sa Award contributes exactly to this and I am looking forward to being a juror this year!"

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UP21@IT-SA-AWARD - Supported by:

Bitkom e.V. | ATHENE | Digital Hub Initiative | Fraunhofer SIT | Infinigate Holding GmbH | StartUpSecure ATHENE
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Questions? Suggestions?

Contact for questions about the award:

Ute Richter, Managing Director Digital Hub Cybersecurity,


Lena Kreß, Project Manager Digital Hub Cybersecurity,

Contact for questions about sponsoring and the participation as a user on it-sa 365: