EOIs open for pitching events held during Australian Cyber Week 2021


About Dragon’s Den

'Dragon’s Den – You be the judge' will be held as an online event on Wednesday 27 October from 2pm-4pm (AEDT). The event presents an opportunity for 12 small-to-medium Australian cyber security companies to deliver a short 3-minute pitch directly to 'judges' (executives, CEOs, CISOs and CIOs from key Australian emerging technology sectors), followed by Q&A.

Each audience member will receive CR$100,000 (fake 'Cyber roo dollars') to invest into their favourite companies, with the winning pitch crowned 'Australian Cyber Week 2021 Pitch Day Champion'.

Note: We are specifically looking for companies with products/services which are at the convergence of cyber. This means your product and/or service solves problems or challenges where industries converge in how companies/agencies do business. For example, your product/service could relate to the security of payment gateways or secure identity authentication (the convergence of financial services and retail) or to the security of drones used for near earth comms infrastructure (the convergence of space and defence industry).

About the RSA Conference Innovation Showcase

The RSA Conference Innovation Showcase will be held as an online event on Friday 29 October from 9am-9:45am (AEDT).

The event commences with a 10-minute panel discussion on the topic of secure cloud, followed by the opportunity for 2 small-to-medium Australian cyber security companies to deliver a short 5-minute pitch directly to an expert panel, with Q&A.

Note: We are specifically looking for companies with products/services related to secure cloud to pitch at this event.

Apply to pitch

Please complete the Expressions of Interest (EOI) form if you’re interested in pitching. You will be required to enter your company details and answer why you should be chosen to pitch (max 500 words).


Applying companies must fit the following criteria:

  • Have an ABN/CAN.
  • Be a small-to-medium business (as defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as businesses with 199 or less people employed).
  • Ownership—more than 51% Australian under the Corporations Act, including shareholdings if listed.
  • Headquarters—can be offshore, but ownership still needs to be Australian.
  • Technology—created in Australia for application in cyber; manufactured offshore—will depend on capability type and location in supply chain.
  • IP—invented in/ held in Australia as defined by the Patents Act.
  • Revenue—more than 50% in cyber delivery or can demonstrate a deliberate strategy to be growing business focus in cyber.

EOI process

Expressions of Interest are open until 29 September (5pm).

AustCyber will then draw a shortlist of companies from those who have applied.

EOIs will be evaluated by AustCyber. Specialist expertise may be sought, if required. AustCyber may discuss EOIs with applicants for clarification.

AustCyber will select EOI submissions on the following criteria:

  • Identified cyber security solutions for large/multinational Australian corporates and/or government needs.
  • Whether the company has participated in a previous pitch event run by AustCyber.
  • Whether the company’s technology solution(s), product(s) or service(s) are unique.
  • If the company’s offerings complement the other companies chosen.
  • The company’s reputation within the Australian cyber security ecosystem, particularly concerning its focus on improving Australia’s cyber security sector.

Submission of an EOI does not imply that the submitting company will secure a placement at the event.

Successful applicants will be notified by 4 October.


In submitting an expression of interest, applicants agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • Mandatory attendance in pitch training sessions delivered jointly by AustCyber and an external contractor. These training sessions will provide guidance on the structure and delivery of your pitch. Even if you are an experienced pitcher, these training sessions are also designed to build a sense of teamwork and partnership among the six pitching companies.
  • Upon AustCyber’s request, provide a video of your draft pitch. As long as the pitch is intelligible, production quality is irrelevant. Smartphone video is sufficient. For simplicity, videos should be uploaded to a private YouTube channel for AustCyber and potentially members of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources to view.
  • Mandatory attendance at the technical run through in mid-October 2021.

Attend the event

You are also welcome to attend the event (without pitching) as part of Australian Cyber Week 2021. Tickets for Cyber Week are now available. Find out more.