MAP Program for Startups

MAP Program for Startups

Navigate your startup company to success!

Get ready to MAP your business to success in the security industry!

SIA is proud to introduce a new program designed specifically for start-ups and smaller companies new to security.

Who It’s For:

  • Start-up companies looking to grow
  • Businesses looking to accelerate growth and form new relationships
  • Founded within last 5 years
  • Less than $10 million in annual sales

What It Includes:

  • SIA Prime Membership PLUS
  • One-to-one sessions with our MAP "Navigators" – a panel of seasoned business experts
  • Business-building benefits for start-ups and small companies
  • Extensive networking and relationship development opportunities
  • Exclusive savings to help you grow and market your business

Why MAP Is Good for Your Business

MAP program benefits are designed to help new companies navigate their way in the complex security industry. SIA wants to help accelerate your company’s growth by providing strategic resources, valuable connections, important events, profile-raising opportunities, and executive mentoring. MAP saves you time and money – and it’s all part of your SIA annual corporate support!

Get Started with MAP

Ready to grow your startup and take advantage of SIA's "accelerator" program? Contact SIA Membership Service Director Kevin Murphy at

SIA MAP Program Benefits and Opportunities

Your SIA MAP Program Membership fee ($2,000) provides you:

Concierge-Style Business Relationship Building

  • One-to-one sessions with our MAP "Navigators" – a panel of seasoned business experts
  • Introductions to SIA investment and private equity community members
  • Facilitated connections with targeted SIA Member channel partners & distributors
  • A 90-day executive mentorship with a representative of a top SIA member company

Core Industry Info for Start-Ups

  • A calendar of “must attend” security industry events
  • List of SIA Member Manufacturers’ Representatives
  • Guide to Industry Media / PR Firms and press release templates

SIA Membership & Awareness Value

  • 1 year of Prime-level membership in the Security Industry Association ($2,000 value)
  • Ticket to Securing New Ground conference or to SIA GovSummit (a $1,295 value)
  • Complimentary access to SIAThere! regional networking events
  • Speaking opportunities at SIA events (when available) and new member profile on SIA blog
  • Use of the SIA membership logo on your website and collateral
  • All the other benefits of SIA prime membership (see our full list of benefits)

ISC Tradeshow Marketing

  • Deeply discounted pricing on exhibit space at ISC West “start-ups” area
  • Rebate off your ISC West start-up area booth (up to $500 back off membership dues)
  • Access to SIA member lounge and reserved meeting space on ISC West show floor
  • Access to SIA events at ISC West, including Market Leaders Reception (3 tickets)
"SIA is providing an incredible opportunity for startup companies new to security. I strongly encourage you to participate and let SIA help MAP your company to success!"

–Yaron Zussman, CEO, Americas, Magos Systems

Academic and Government Resources for Startups

University of California Berkeley

Skydeck Fund – Formed as a partnership between the Haas School of Business, the College of Engineering, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Skydeck program connects non-US founders with a large spectrum of potential advisors and investors.

University of Maryland

Maryland Industrial Partners (MIPS) – MIPS provides grants for university-based research projects that may help existing Maryland businesses improve or deliver new products.

Maryland Momentum Fund – The Maryland Momentum Fund is positioned to uniquely provide “gap funding” to Maryland-based companies that, with co-investment, can achieve specific milestones and be positioned for a successful A-round of financing within 12-24 months.

University of North Carolina

Carolina Angel Network – This University of North Carolina program is intended to provide investor support to startups run by UNC alumni.

Stanford University

StatrtX – StartX is a Stanford University-sponsored community of entrepreneurs, industry experts, tenured Stanford professors, and well-funded growth-stage startups.

California Institute of Technology

Technology Transfer and Corporate Partnership Program – The Caltech Technology Transfer and Corporate Partnership Program is intended to help businesses leverage the expertise its faculty and resources.  The program also provides opportunities for businesses including startups to license Caltech technology.

National Science Foundation Resources

America’s Seed Fund – The National Science Foundation (NSF) America’s Seed Fund provides funding to startups and small businesses to bring high-risk ideas to market.  Funding may be used for product R&D and the program provides mentoring and feedback from experienced program advisors.

US Department of Commerce Resources

Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) – The mission of the MBDA is to promote the growth of minority-owned businesses.  While MBDA does not fund investment in startup businesses directly, the agency funds Minority Business Centers throughout the United States. These Centers provide business consulting, procurement matching and financial assistance to minority-owned firms.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) – The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are intended to foster R&D collaboration between U.S.-based small businesses and non-profit organizations.

Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program – The SBIC program involves SBA partially funding businesses that the agency licenses as Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs). An SBIC is a private business that invests in small businesses in the form of debt and equity.

Office of Small Business Development Centers – SBA Small Business Development Centers provide small business operations training and advice, networking opportunities, and guidance for gaining access to capital.