Kaspersky Innovation Hub announces a new round of its global call for cybersecurity startups

As part of its Open Innovation Program, the Kaspersky Innovation Hub (iHub) is announcing a new call for startups that are developing cybersecurity solutions with a special focus on small and medium-sized businesses. Winners will be offered to launch a pilot project with leading international cybersecurity company Kaspersky.

Kaspersky iHub is continuing its global Open Innovation Program aimed at fostering collaboration with innovative tech projects by organising open calls for startups in search of new joint business activities. Following three successful rounds so far, the company has announced a new one and is inviting teams and individual projects developing solutions on the edge of cybersecurity designed for the needs of small and medium-sized companies. This includes protection for cloud users, data and applications, as well as network security technologies.

The best initiatives will be invited to take part in pilot projects, working jointly with Kaspersky on product development, with the further possibility of access to Kaspersky’s channel partners (including distributors and resellers), clients and prospects. The winners of the call will also receive technical and business mentoring from the company’s experts.

Starting in 2019, the Kaspersky Innovation Hub held three rounds of startup calls dedicated to such areas as Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), transportation, blockchain and anti-fraud technology, all-life protection and gaming. Winners of the challenges had the opportunity to collaborate on joint business cases with Kaspersky, as well as to receive support for launch of their products.

Applications for the call are open for startups that already have a legal entity, product or prototype, and several closed deals or ongoing pilots. The Kaspersky team will assess technical and business validation, investment opportunity of the startups, along with their readiness and interest in collaborating with Kaspersky iHub to improve the global cybersecurity landscape. The scouting process will be organised on four technical platforms – GoTech, Dsight, Axis Innovation and F6S.

Decisions on which startups are selected will be based on the ability of their products or technologies to solve concrete cybersecurity use cases applicable to small and medium-sized businesses, and will be tested through open challenges designed by Kaspersky and partners.

“Today, small businesses are one of the key drivers of the global economy, being the most represented in many countries and employing millions of workers worldwide. Despite the size of their organisations and their processes, they face similar challenges to their larger counterparts. With our new startup call, the Kaspersky Innovation Hub aims to enhance our efforts with innovators in order to meet the specific needs of small and medium-sized organisations and let them focus on business priorities while being confident in the security of their organisations,” says Vitaly Mzokov, Head of the Innovation Hub at Kaspersky.

Selected entrepreneurs will be invited to present their projects in front of a jury during Online Demo Selection Days on September 29-30, 2020.

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The closing date for online applications is September 13, 2020.

About Kaspersky

Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity company, which has been operating in the market for over 23 years. Kaspersky’s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into next generation security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe. The company’s comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky technologies and we help 250,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.au

About F6S

F6S is the 3.5 million strong growth community that delivers billions to startups globally. F6S powers innovation at over 4,000 organisations to unlock PoC, Partnership and M&A opportunities for tech companies and startups. Corporates leverage F6S’ 3.5 million member network, platforms and global analyst team to drive their open innovation strategies.

About GoTech

GoTech Innovation (https://gotechinnovation.com) has been providing corporations with services for selecting and working with technology projects for more than 10 years. Key competencies: scouting of startups and technologies, acceleration and tracking of innovative projects, creation and conduction of corporate programs and events for working with startups “on a turn-key basis”. We developed SaaS platform TechScout (https://techscout.vc) for organising application process and pipeline evaluation.

About Dsight

Dsight is Business Intelligence platform for Venture Market founded in 2019 by Arseniy Dabbakh and Sergei Kantcerov. Dsight powers databases and services for Technology Monitoring, Tech Scouting and MarketStartup Research in Russia and globally. The company is data exchange partner in Russia for Crunchbase. Dsight publishes Venture Russia reports twice a year covering VCHi-Tech investment deals and trends in Russia.

About Axis Innovation

Axis Innovation, based in Tel Aviv, is a global innovation platform connecting corporations and investors with tech startups through 3 main activities: open innovation programs, tech events, and investment consulting. Our mission is to help our partners access cutting edge innovation and to create new partnerships, investment and growth opportunities. Since 2014, Axis Innovation has established a recognisable brand as trusted advisors through closing over a dozen startup investment rounds, producing over 50 boutique events and creating open innovation projects and scouting for leading Fortune 500 companies.