Big Cyber Ideas Challenge

DATE: Tuesday, 6 October 2020

TO: All Media

FROM: Tasmania Cyber Security Innovation Node, AustCyber & Enterprize Tasmania Ltd

RE: $2,500 prize for Tasmanian cyber security startup ideas


For budding entrepreneurs looking to develop their knowledge of startups and innovation, the Tasmania Cyber Security Innovation Node is running the Big Cyber Ideas Challenge to coincide with Australian Cyber Week 2020.

A cash prize of $2,500 will be awarded to the winning entry.

Supporting Tasmania’s emerging capabilities in cyber security innovation, the Tasmania Cyber Security Innovation Node invites anyone with a cyber security startup idea to participate in this free program.

Delivered through a partnership with Enterprize Tasmania Ltd (Enterprize), the Big Cyber Ideas Challenge introduces participants to world’s best practice principles in early-stage startup development.

Trained facilitators will teach the basics of how successful startups are built, how ideas can be validated, and how ideas should be pitched for investment.

Participants will complete two to three hours of online coursework between 12-16 October, then record and submit a 60-90 second video pitch of their idea.

A panel of cyber security and startup experts will judge the submissions based on market need, degree of innovation and scalability, and the entrant’s capacity to deliver their idea.

“The Big Cyber Ideas Challenge has been developed with the assistance of recognised global startup leaders,” Tasmania Node Manager Casey Farrell said.

“The content is fantastic – the perfect foundation for Tasmanian founders to start their startup journey. Even if you’re not quite ready to start a business, what you’ll learn through the Big Cyber Ideas Challenge will give you the tools and confidence to take the next steps.”

The Big Cyber Ideas Challenge will conclude with a Digital Demo Day showcasing the entries during Australian Cyber Week on October 29 where the winner will be announced.

Register for the Big Cyber Ideas Challenge or to attend Digital Demo Day here:

About Australian Cyber Week

Australian Cyber Week 2020 is the fourth annual showcase of Australia’s extremely innovative cyber security sector and is a flagship event of AustCyber, the Australian Cyber Security Growth Centre. The Tasmania Cyber Security Innovation Node is part of AustCyber’s national network of nodes, who collaboratively advance cyber security capability, innovation and commercialisation across Australia.

In Tasmania, the Cyber Security Innovation Node is a partnership of the Tasmanian Government, AustCyber and Enterprize.

About Enterprize

Enterprize is helping accelerate the development of the startup ecosystem in Tasmania by supporting entrepreneurs running innovative, high growth potential business startups across Tasmania with physical innovation hubs located in Launceston and Hobart.

Enterprize provides office & coworking space, runs events, facilitates mentoring and provides training to startups and entrepreneurs across the Tasmanian startup community. The project has been developed in accordance with world’s best practice; it is being led by local entrepreneurs, supported by government and corporate partners, and all participants in the project are investing with a long-term view.


Mr Casey Farrell,

General Manager, Enterprize Tasmania Ltd

Node Manager, Tasmania Cyber Security Innovation Node

0400 826 703