Accelerating Innovation
in Cyber Security

This is an invitation only accelerator that identifies and selects
the 'best-in-class' pre-seed and seed stage start-ups



Taking your cyber security start-up from proof of concept to market entry.


• 13 week’ course, Tuesday to Thursday, each week
• Company specific workshops
• 30+ guest speakers


• Pro-active mentoring
• Pool of experts


• Support throughout the program
• Post-Demo Day focus for 11 weeks
• Access to security focused investors



 The program lasts 24 weeks:


Our 13 week’ education program will take you through the key skills and business tools necessary to create a successful business and to enter the market-place.
We will address the traditional challenges faced by any start-up, from lean methodologies and legal frameworks, through pricing and marketing to selling security products.
We will also address issues specific to the security industry, from product validation, through customer navigation to technology deployment.
You will have access to the co-working space 24 x 7 for the duration of the program.
In return, you will commit to physically attend the accelerator from Tuesday to Thursday each week for the 13 week’ program and to pitch on Demo Day.


You will enjoy a wonderful location in the heart of Geneva, less than 15 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes from the main train station.


Geneva is a global center of excellence for cyber security.
The local economy is broad, stretching from the world’s leading private banks, through key air transportation players to cutting edge software companies.
We will host 30+ leading speakers from the security industry and you will have access to a pool of experts.
You will be introduced to potential clients and partners to further develop your business.
The Rising Star team will be present throughout to help you navigate this network.


You will receive CHF 15,000 to cover your expenses during the program.
We will facilitate meetings with potential investors throughout the program and, after 13 weeks, we will organise a Demo Day where you will pitch to interested prospective investors.
We will help and provide practical support to close your funding round for the remaining 11 weeks.
In return, we will receive 5% of your company’s equity.