Kaspersky Innovation Hub announces global call for techstartups

Kaspersky Innovation Hub (iHub) continues the activities of its Open Innovation Program–

designed to foster collaboration with innovative tech startups–by announcing the second

round of its call for applications. All startup teams and individual projects,developing

solutions on the edge of cybersecurity are welcome to apply.


The best tech-based initiatives will be invited to take part in pilot projects, where startups
and Kaspersky will work jointly on product development, with the possibility of global
promotion. These startups will also receive technical and business mentoring, and those
that pass the pilot will have access to Kaspersky channel partners (including distributors
and resellers), clients and prospects.
Kaspersky IHub opens a global startup call for the second time. During the first round in
2019, Kaspersky received 258 applications from 49 countries across the world. Four out of
the 12 final startups,who presented their ideas to a jury of experts on a Demo Day in Milan,
became overall winners in the areas of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), transportation,
blockchain and anti-fraud technology.Winners hadthe opportunity to collaborate on joint
business cases with Kaspersky and launch their productswith the support of a globally recognized cybersecurity brand. The newly developed products are also included in the
company’s portfolio, driving a synergetic approach to innovative solutions development.
This year candidates are invited to participate in open challenges, put together by the
Kaspersky Innovation Hub and F6S – a leading global corporate innovation platform.As part
of Kaspersky’s drive to constantly improve services and meet customer needs, challenges have been designed for teams working on advanced projects in the areas of‘all-life protection’ (family protection, home safety, privacy) and gaming.
Applications are now open for startups that already have a legal entity, product or
prototype, and several closed deals or ongoing pilots. Technical and business validation,
along with the investment opportunity of startups will be assessed by the Kaspersky team
– with help from the F6S Corporate InnovationAnalyst Insights product – and based on the
ability of their products or technologies to solve concrete cybersecurityuse cases. During
the selection process, experts will also pay attention to the readiness and interest in
collaborating with Kaspersky IHub to improve the global cybersecurity landscape.
“It is our pleasure to announce the next call for innovative startups and to support the
growth of new business activities by providing them with an opportunity to validate, grow
and scale their solutions with such a global leading company as Kaspersky. By joining
forces, we can enhance our technologies and together address security needs with higher
accuracy and efficiency, aswell as support the essence of cyber-immunity The Open
Innovation Program has already proved its value, not only for young tech-based startups,
but also for our customers, and we are happy to continue working in this direction,” – says
VitalyMzokov, Head of the Innovation Hub at Kaspersky.
Sean Kane, F6S CEO, added, “The F6S platform is the global leader in supporting innovation for 4,000 corporates and we are particularly pleased to be working with Kaspersky as a core cybersecurity partner. F6S drives billions in growth value for top global tech startups and we’re excited to help Kaspersky make the best cybersecurity startups part of its product portfolio.”
Selected entrepreneurs will be invited to present their projects in front of a jury during this year’s Demo Selection Days. The event will take place in Milan, on May 27-28.


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