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Launch is a premier startup showcase designed for early-stage defence and security startups to debut their groundbreaking technologies on stage at Resilience Conference.


This exclusive event offers six selected companies six minutes each to present their innovations to an audience of potential investors, industry leaders, and customers. This platform not only highlights the startups’ contributions to the defence and security sector but also provides unparalleled networking opportunities.

Why Participate?

Investors & Customers

Gain visibility from top defence, security, and dual-use investors and customers who are actively seeking new technologies and solutions.

Market Validation

Present your technology to an audience capable of providing valuable feedback and support for market entry.

Exclusive Benefits

Selected participants receive two tickets to the Resilience Conference and will be featured during the conference lunch on 27 September.

Target Participants

Launch is ideal for startups developing technologies critical to a resilient society. We welcome participants from sectors such as:


• Defence and Security

• Dual-Use Technologies

• Advanced Aeronautics

• Autonomous Systems

• Space Industries

• Quantum Technologies

• Energy Independence

• Climate Change Adaptation

• Public Health

• Social Cohesion


• Companies must operate in defence, security, dual-use, or resilience-related sectors.

• Participants must be early-stage bootstrapped, pre-seed, seed, or series A startups.

• Participants must be able to appear in person at the Resilience Conference.

• Participants must build and present a pitch deck at the conference.

• Participants must engage in a pitch review session with Resilience Conference staff prior to the event.

Selection Criteria

Startups will be chosen based on their:

• Innovative Approach: Originality and potential to disrupt the industry.

Market Relevance: Addressing significant and urgent needs within resilience-related sectors.

Scalability: Growth potential in various markets.

Team Expertise: Diverse skills and relevant experience.

• Technological Viability: Proven technology through prototypes or initial testing stages.

• Business Model Clarity: Clear and viable paths to profitability.

• Impact Potential: Societal, economic, or environmental contributions.

Pitch Format

Presentation: Each startup has 6 minutes to present their company and product.

Demo: Products must be demonstrated with a live demo or a thorough explanation of features and capabilities.

Apply To Launch at Resilience Conference to showcase your technology, connect with key industry players, and accelerate your startup’s growth.


Does it cost anything to participate?

  • No, applying or participating in Launch at Resilience Conference is free. Selected startups receive two tickets to the Resilience Conference.

Will there be interviews during the selection process?

  • Potentially. Some startups may be interviewed before the final selection.

When will participants be notified?

  • Selected startups will be notified by July 31, 2024.

Are there judges?

  • No, Launch at Resilience Conference is not a startup pitch competition. It is curated by the Resilience Conference team with assistance from trusted advisors.

Can I participate virtually?

  • No, participating startups must be onsite and pitch live to the conference attendees.

Will there be workshops for participants?

  • Yes, the Resilience Conference offers a broad set of workshops for all attendees, including those specifically for early-stage startups.

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