Cyber mission Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia

15 October 2023 - 20 October 2023
Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia (US)
Organised by:
InnovationQuarter, Security Delta (HSD), RVO and the Embassy of the Netherlands in the US

The Washington D.C. metropolitan area ranks as the 5th largest regional economy in the United States. It also boasts one of the world's top three regional cybersecurity ecosystems, extending from Virginia's Dulles International Airport, through the District of Columbia, to Maryland's suburbs near Baltimore. Being the capital, the region hosts numerous government agencies, as well as a substantial military and defense ecosystem. Being home to significant government and educational institutions, including NSA, Cyber Command, CISA and large federally funded research institutions, and a flourishing startup and high-tech innovation culture, the cybersecurity ecosystem benefits from access to a specialised workforce, knowledge sharing, capital resources, and strong inter-organizational connections.


The Biden-Harris Administration’s new National Cybersecurity Strategy stipulates that all Americans deserve a secure and digital future, creating opportunities for more long-term investments into cybersecurity. Thus, making it interesting for foreign cybersecurity companies to explore the US market and introduce innovative technologies and solutions. 


Draft Programme

The Embassy of the Netherlands in the United States has created a diverse programme which includes: 
  • Crossovers with the financial sectorcritical infrastructure and, of course, government

  • Networking with US stakeholders: 1-on-1 matchmaking and happy hours with the local network and some of your (potential) customers and partners by invitation. 

  • As a founder, you will gain valuable knowledge about the US market, validate your proposition and go-to-market strategy, and gain perspective on doing business in the US 

Below you can find the preliminary programme (to be confirmed), which will be further developed in the next few weeks. 


Sunday, October 15 – Virginia  

Monday, October 16 - Virginia 

  • Session with MACH37, largest cyber accelerator in the United States 

  • Site visit to company like Splunk to discuss opportunities for cybersecurity providers in various sectors 

  • Site visit to company like Leidos/Booz Allen Hamilton to discuss government contracting and current trends within the industry 

  • Fairfax County happy hour with local business network 

Tuesday, October 17 – Washington DC 

  • Panel on cybersecurity in the financial services sector including representatives from organizations such as VISA, Mastercard, ING, GEICO, CapitolOne or E Trade 

  • VC panel on the latest trends and developments within the cybersecurity ecosystem 

  • Session on US policy and impact (opportunities and challenges) including presentation from CISA on implementation of US National Cyber Strategy 

  • Panel presentation with TSADHS, Amazon Web Services/Google on perspectives on US cybersecurity ecosystem. 

  • B2B matchmaking (limited availability and subject to charge, not included in participation fee)

  • Networking event at the Embassy of the Netherlands in D.C. 

Wednesday, October 18 – Maryland 

Thursday, October 19 – Maryland and Washington DC 

Friday, October 20 – Virginia  


B2B Matchmaking Opportunity

We will host a matchmaking session where you will have the opportunity to meet potential clients, business partners or US counterparts. The matchmaker will schedule 3-5 individual appointments based on your input and a personal intake. 


PIB Cybersecurity US

This trade mission is made possible by the PIB Cybersecurity US, a 3-year programme coordinated by InnovationQuarter, Security Delta (HSD) and the Netherlands Economic Network in the United States and Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). 

The current members of the PIB Cluster include: Attic Security | Awareways | aXite Security ToolsCompumatica | DTACT | EclecticIQ | PRODAFT | Radically Open Security | Ubiqu | Zivver 


For more information about the programme and possible opportunities to join the PIB, please contact Martine Koole ( or Paul Coumans, or visit the website: 

HSD Partners involved