Global Security Challenge

The Global Security Challenge runs international business plan competitions to find and select the most promising security technology startups in the world. The GSC holds regional selection events and a Security Summit in London to bring together innovators with government, industry and investors. The GSC belongs to InnoCentive, which acquired the original owner OmniCompete in 2012. OmniCompete also launched the Energy Storage Challenge in 2010.

The GSC was founded by MBA students of London Business School in spring 2006


The GSC was founded by MBA students of London Business School in spring 2006; the first competition took place in summer 2006. By 2007, the Technical Support Working Group, an interagency group of the US Government, sponsored the annual grant award of $500,000 Dollar for the winning security startup. The GSC runs regional finals in Singapore at the National University of Singapore, in Washington DC at The University of Maryland and Brussels at the Brussels School of International Studies ahead of the GSC London Security Summit in autumn, hosted by London Business School.

Past competitions' winners and finalistsEdit

GSC finalists and winners from the last three annual competitions have subsequently raised over $117 million in new venture funding and grants. The top-selected startups also have secured large contracts with government clients, such as the US Department of Energy, the US Navy and the US Department of Defense, and with industry behemoths, such as Siemens and Bayer AG from Germany. One regional finalist in 2007, TenCube, recently got acquired by McAfee and the cyber 2009 winner Ksplice was acquired in July 2011 by Oracle.

Most Promising Security Start-Up of the YearEdit

  • Start-Up Winner from 2006: Ingenia Technology (UK)
  • Start-Up Winner from 2007: NoblePeak Vision (USA)
  • Start-Up Winner from 2008: TRX Systems (USA)
  • Start-Up Winner from 2009: Adaptive Imaging Technologies (Israel)
  • Start-Up Winner from 2010: mPedigree (Ghana)
  • Start-Up Winner from 2011: Arktis Radiation Detectors Ltd (Switzerland)

Most Promising Security Idea of the YearEdit

  • Best Security Idea 2008: Homergent Inc (USA)
  • Best Security Idea 2009: Remedium Technologies (USA)

Crowded Places Challenge winnersEdit

  • Best Crowded Places Security Idea 2008: Crowd-Vision (Switzerland)
  • Best Crowded Places Security Idea 2009: iOmniscient (Australia)

Other competition categoriesEdit

  • Winner of Cyber Security Challenge 2009: Ksplice (USA)
  • Winner of Cyber Security Challenge 2010: Masking Networks (USA)
  • Winner of Cloud Security Challenge 2010: CloudSwitch (USA)
  • Security SME of the Year 2009: Kromek (UK)
  • Security SME of the Year 2010: iwebgate (Australia/UK)
  • Security SME of the Year 2011: Agnitio (Spain)


The members of the GSC Judging Committees are leaders from venture capital funds, government, universities and industry.


Venture capitalEdit

  • Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Advent Venture Partners
  • 3V SourceOne Capital
  • Cap Vista
  • NovakBiddle Venture Partners
  • Paladin Capital Group
  • PegasusBridge Fund Management Limited
  • Redshift Ventures
  • SAIC Venture Capital Corp.
  • Siemens Venture Capital




The GSC hosts several regional Semi-Finals and one Grand Final (Summit) at leading research universities around the world:

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