Evaluate maturity.
Build up trust.
Connect with investors.
Getting support.
Establish networks.

Startup Rating.

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WHY RATING MY STARTUP?

Innovation for cybersecurity

In cyber security, startups are important carriers of technological innovation and economic transformation. With their innovations, they promise better cybersecurity solutions,
faster, cheaper and safer. They create jobs, stimulate competition and spur on technical innovations. A network of investors, incubators and accelerators is created to provide financial support for start-ups.

Challenge: Leap of faith

Especially in the sensitive area of cyber security, startups need a leap of faith in order to win investors, customers and cooperation partners. Investors must trust the startup to operate sensibly in order to justify an investment. customers must demStartup zutrauen, sichere und zuverlässige Produkte und Lösungen zu bieten. Kooperationspartner müssen dem Startup zutrauen, ein verlässlicher Partner innerhalb einer gewinnbringenden
Zusammenarbeit zu sein. Dieses Vertrauen zu erlangen, stellt für Startups oft eine große Herausforderung dar.

THE SOLUTION

Network, Added value & feedback

With its trust rating, the Cyber-Sicherheitsrat Deutschland e.V., together with our partner Early Metrics, offers cyber security startups the opportunity to have their level of financial and economic maturity assessed.Startups werden durch das Rating zudem Teil unseres Netzwerks. Neue Kunden, Investoren und Kooperationspartner aus dem Kreise unserer
Mitglieder und vielfältige Partner können so erschlossen werden.
Darüber hinaus bieten wir gemeinsam mit unseren Mitgliedern
als Plattform, Startups die Möglichkeit zum Austausch, zur Unterstützung und zum Support.

PROCESS

Answering the questions from the sub-areas (“HR und Company Structure”, “Commercial activity”, “Product Development”, “Finance/Funding”)

Evaluation of the answers by Early Metrics Ltd.

Issue a detailed evaluation in all sub-areas to the startup.

After a successful rating, a trust badge is issued to the startup, which the company can use for two years. The startup becomes part of our network and can find investors, partners and customers within our members.

INDICATORS

The startup rating examines the company’s commitment to basic cyber security best practices. In addition, general aspects of the company such as the status of the startup and the product, the available resources and/or the growth potential are tested.

COMPANY

Grundsätzliche Indikatoren des Startups wie
Alter, Organisationsform, Status des Finanzrahmens und Kundenstatus.

PRODUCT

Status des Produkts (noch in der Entwicklung,
Pilotphase, oder schon auf dem Markt) und Skalierbarkeit für unterschiedliche Kundengrößen.

POTENTIAL

Kurz-, mittel und langfristiges Growth Potential des Startups.
Getestete Indikatoren sind etwa: Status des Funding, Finanzrahmen, Ausblick auf die nächsten Jahre.

EMPLOYEES

Human resource potential of the startup such as number of employees,
Number of engineers/computer scientists and sales/marketing teams.

UNIQUE SELLING POINT

Uniqueness of the product: What is the USP, how is it different
if the solution differs from other providers, there is a patent application.

CYBERSECURITY

Basic indicators of IT security: data and communication security,
Rights management, data encryption, development and implementation of own solutions.

COMPLIANCE

Compliance with existing legal and regulatory frameworks,
Data protection, certifications and other legal options and obligations.

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*The rating is chargeable. The Cyber Security Council Germany e.V. charges a one-off fee of €199 plus VAT for the assessment.

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