11 countries

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, Uruguay and USA.

2 categories

For technology-based startups and scaleups with disruptive and innovative solutions.

6 winners

In total, €120,000 will be distributed to 6 winners, access to Santander X 100 plus perks and benefits.

Banco Santander and the Oxentia Foundation launch a global challenge designed to support and promote the growth of innovation in the field of Cybersecurity.


This exciting initiative aims to support and promote the growth of the Cybersecurity ecosystem, providing a platform for startups and scaleups to showcase their innovative solutions and connect with industry experts, investors, and world-class resources.

The winning startups and scaleups will receive prizes in metallic, access to Santander X 100, and the opportunity to present their innovative project to Forgepoint Capital and the cybersecurity team of Banco Santander, opting for the possibility of developing a pilot.

In addition to the prize money, it is a unique opportunity to gain visibility, connect with industry experts and investors, and access the resources necessary for your growth.

If you have a startup or a scaleup of one of the once countries that participate in this global challenge, register and access Banco Santander's global enterprise network, where you will receive all the resources you need to grow.


Technology-based startups and scaleups from 11 countries, with disruptive and innovative cybersecurity solutions.


Startups category

Legally incorporated in one of the participating countries, meeting at least one of the following criteria: annual income that does not exceed $300,000, with capital raised between $100,000 to $1 million, or between 2 and 25 fulltime employees.


Scaleups category

Legally incorporated for at least two years in one of the participating countries, meeting at least one of the following criteria: annual income over $300,000, more than $1 million capital raised, or over 25 fulltime employees.

Perks & Benefits

The winning teams will receive a host of benefits to help them continue developing their solutions. These benefits include a cash prize, pitching opportunities to Forgepoint Capital and the Banco Santander Cybersecurity team, as well as the membership to Santander X 100, the prime community of Santander X's most promising ventures.


Additionally, the winning teams will receive recognition and promotion through Santander's media channels.

Key dates


Applications are open for cybersecurity focused startups and scaleups.

Finalist announcement

The 20 finalists announcements, 10 startups and 10 scaleups.






Pitch day

The 20 finalists are supported by interantional mentors to prepare a pitch to the jury.





Awards ceremony

Announcement of the 6 winners, 3 startups and 3 scaleups.






Our commitment


Banco Santander

Banco Santander maintains a firm commitment to progress and inclusive and sustainable growth with a pioneering and consolidated commitment to education, employability and entrepreneurship, which it has been developing for more than 26 years and distinguishes it from other financial institutions in the world.

The bank has allocated more than 2,200 million euros and has supported more than 1 million people and companies through agreements with more than 1,300 universities


Oxentia Foundation

Oxentia grew out of Oxford University's technology transfer company, Oxford University Innovation, with the aim of providing specialised innovation management services to public and private sector customers throughout the world.

Oxentia's approach builds on Oxford's strong tradition of globally supporting early-stage innovators and entrepreneurs to promote innovative projects that impact the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The Oxentia Foundation was created to support Oxentia's goal of addressing global inequalities through innovation and entrepreneurship activities.