CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS is a melting pot for key players in the sector from more than 140 countries all over the world. Many of these are established companies with an impressive track record in the ﬁeld – but those which are just starting out on their commercial journeys are being given a boost of their own this year.
For the ﬁrst time, the CARTES Startup Challenge will offer ﬁve young companies the opportunity to pitch their ideas to experts, who will then decide on a winner. At stake for the next generation of big names is a €10,000 prize plus the prestige of being recognised as a ﬁrm to watch out for.
Companies need to have already launched one or more products on the market, must have been in business for at least two years and have to own all the intellectual property rights for the elements they use in their pitches. The competition, which is being held in partnership with Fabernovel, aims to support new entrepreneurs – and their digital security innovations – both ﬁnancially and through giving them a higher proﬁle in their target markets.
The winner will have a booth at one of the three CARTES events in 2015, in either Hong Kong, Washington or Paris – plus an interview in CARTES Daily News, the show’s ofﬁcial publication.
• Startup Challenge Winner announced on Wednesday 5 November, Exhibitors’ Workshop Room, Hall 4, Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre