Our story

Avatao started as a university project back in 2014, when our founders decided to pursue their idea of teaching cybersecurity in a highly scalable and practical way. The idea became a success, and they founded Avatao to allow learners all around the world to acquire highly specialized security knowledge.

Read on to find out more about our story!

our story

Initially, our focus was on Capture-the-Flag (CTF) challenges due to our experience in the hacker community. We soon discovered the root of the problem however: developers understood the software, but what they lacked was secure coding knowledge. This conceptual understanding made us shift our focus towards teaching security from the very beginning. This is how we can best share the knowledge that we acquired in the cybersecurity community.

We believe in delivering the right knowledge to the right people at the right time. Our platform and team are adapting quickly to meet the needs of the new era of cybersecurity. The digital space is rapidly transforming, so our responsibility to proactively defend companies from cyber attacks is also growing. Avatao embraces all the challenges that we face, so that we can bring about meaningful changes in our clients’ security culture.

Avatao’s milestones 

our story


Avatao was founded by Márk, Gábor, and Levente as a side project of CrySyS Lab at Budapest University of Technology and Economics. All our founders are cybersecurity professionals, who back at the time were teaching at the university.


By 2016 the Avatao secure coding training platform became so popular, that we decided to release it to the public.


In 2017 we received the first investment and moved into a new office.


In 2018 we received our seed funding, which allowed us to expand to international markets, and hire more and more talented, smart, and motivated people.


By 2020 our team grew to 18 people, we launched a new version of the platform, and increased our presence abroad. We moved into a new, bigger office, which we visit less frequently nowadays, as we started working remotely. Avatao is currently created with love from Szeged, Debrecen, Budapest, and the Research Triangle in North Carolina.


In the beginning of 2021 we closed an investment round with 212. We are focusing on boosting our international growth, and on creating an engaging product that enables our customers to become security conscious organizations.

If you’re self-driven and looking for growth opportunities in a startup environment, visit our Careers page to see if we have an open position that could be a good fit for you!

If you’d like to learn more about our values, and what it’s like to work at Avatao, click the link and find out more about our company culture!