Welcome to Cyber Security Ideas Cup
(Startup Challenge 2023)

Cyber-Security Ideas Cup- 2023 offers a platform to like-minded cyberpreneurs to share ideas on how they can play a better role in securing the cyber security landscape. This presents a great opportunity for students, academicians, and practitioners to exercise their creativity in helping solve some of the local/industry cyber security issues faced today.

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Challenge Details

Registrations for the competition are Open Now

Step 1- Abstract & Concept Note Submission Deadline: Deadline to submit abstracts for Cyber Security Ideas Cup-2023 is 12th November,2023

Step 2- Prescreening Deadline: Deadline of Pre-screening by external reviewers and Notification to Shortlisted Startups14th November, 2023

Step 3- Product Development Stage: Deadline to submit product development/ Prototype/ Clickdummy development period 20th October, 23 - 6th December, 2023

Step 4- Final Pitching: Final stage final pitching round is 6th December, 2023

NCCS invite start-ups, ambitious students and young professionals from all over Pakistan to participate in solving cyber-security cases, as individuals or in teams.
Interested participants are required to submit the best projects/ startup ideas in cyber security domains addressing the present day cyber security issues/problems.
Participants are required to submit a brief description of their projects followed by a detailed version, which will be reviewed and shortlisted by the jury, followed by the product development stage before moving on to the final pitching round. The jury will look for innovation, relevance to industry/local problems, ability to execute and profitability prospects of the submitted ideas.

Stage 1 - Participants can compete either as part of a team or as an individual or both. To register for the competition, participants will go through following five levels of submissions.
1 – Participants will register online and submit their brief idea description in 500 words: Deadline: 12th November, 2023
2 – Participants will then submit a detailed idea description (available in downloads) along with three minutes video (demo) uploaded on YouTube explaining the project prototype/working model of product.
Deadline: 12th November, 2023
The detailed description will be then reviewed and shortlisted participants will be invited to the finals.
3– The shortlisted participants will be informed by 5th December(shortly) and they will be appearing in the final stage to pitch the proposal in person to the jury members comprising of security experts from NCCS and external organizations.
The contest will run from 20th October 2023 to 7th December 2023 with the final being held on 6th December 2023.

Stage 2 - Pre-screening by external reviewers and notification to shortlisted startups 15th November 2023

Stage 3 - Product development period (October - 7th December 2023)

Stage 4 - Final Pitching (7th December 2023)

Finalist of competition can look forward to an attractive cash prize and will get an opportunity to incubate, and a chance to secure seed fund from venture capitalists.

To ask a question, report a problem, or provide other feedback on the Cyber Security Ideas Cup-2023, send
email to: pcc@nccs.pk

Submit Your Concept Note Here
(You will be required to login via any gmail account while filling this form.)

Below you will find some commonly asked questions and answers to help you with Cyber Security Ideas Cup-2023. If you can’t find the answer here, please contact us.

I saw that the Cyber Security Ideas Cup-2023 Final Round is an in-person event. Where is the Championship Round held?
The final round will be held at NCCS Secretariat, Sector E-9, Air University, Islamabad, Pakistan. Candidates are responsible for travel and accommodation for their personnel to attend if they qualify.

My firm wants to enter two teams in Round 1. Is that possible?
Yes. Any firm working in the domain of cyber security can enter more than one team in the competition.

One of my team members dropped out after Round 1. Can I replace them with someone else for Round 2?
No. Once a team is locked in place, members can’t be added.

When does registration for the competition start?
Registrations for Cyber Security Ideas Cup-2023 are open now

I am eligible to participate in the Cyber Security Ideas Cup-2023, but I don’t have a team. Can I participate as an individual?
Yes. See Competition Details above. Participants can compete either as part of a team or as an individual or both.

Can I participate on more than one team at a time?
No. You can only be a team member on one team.

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