Having reviewed 186 applications from 36 countries, the Kaspersky Open Innovation Program “Cyber Security for Small & Medium Businesses” has selected its top 12 finalists. The largest number of applications came from the US, UK, Israel, Russia, Germany, and France, with every third application receiving a high rating from the organizers.
“This is the 4th set of startups in the year of the Open Innovation program. We focused on a narrow request from business – a focus on cybersecurity solutions for SMB (small and medium-sized businesses) to protect cloud applications and the network. As a result, with the support of scouts, we managed to collect an impressive funnel of startups and select truly deep-tech projects from various countries”, commented Andrey Nikonov, Startup Engagement Manager.
On September 30th, an online Demo Day took place, in which all 12 finalists successfully presented their projects to Kaspersky experts. All startups were congratulated for their excellent performances and bright participation, by both Kaspersky, and its scouting partners – GoTech Innovation, F6S, Axis Innovation and Dsight.
Polina Yunda, Scouting Manager at Dsight, explained further: “Kaspersky SMB call was a great opportunity for Dsight, а leading Russian venture market analytics platform. Within the challenging time frame, we successfully identified more than 2,500 highly-specialized deep-tech startups in around 10 countries all over the world. As a result, 60+ applications were received, of which more than 30 were selected for next round. Our team was happy to take a part in this sprint and help to connect young technology companies with an international leader in IT Security!”.
So, let’s meet the finalists!
- Blaick (Israel) – Сyber-security startup that deploys proprietary AI threat detection tech for the early prevention of online cybercrime, including phishing, malware and scam
- CyberCyte (UK) – CyberCyte provides 360° protection for on-premise and off-premise users in minutes
- Cyolo (Israel) – A safer architecture that allows organizations to securely connect their internal, remote and third-party users to their working environments.
- Haltdos (India) – An IT security company providing AI-based network and application security solutions both on-premise and on-cloud
- InstaSafe (India) – A cloud-based Security-as-a-Service solution provider, delivering protection to mobile and remote workers, enabling them to securely access enterprise apps, email and web from anywhere on any network
- Polaris Infosec (Singapore) – Providing a next-generation AI engine to monitor and analyse website and API traffic
- Polymer (US) – Real-time detection and redaction of sensitive material such as PII, HIPAA-protected health information, and regulated financial information in popular collaboration tools like Slack, Zendesk, Zoom, Github and more
- Pyxsoft PowerWAF (Chile) – Offering protection against DoS and OWASP top 10 attacks, data theft, server infiltration, blocking of installed malware, and zero-day attacks
- Safetica (Czech Republic) – This DLP suite combines data protection with behavioural analysis and endpoint monitoring
- WEBGAP (US) – WEBGAP is a browser isolation cybersecurity startup, fully-hosted and fully-managed remote browsers
- Zecurion Data Loss Prevention (Russia) – Offering comprehensive protection against the leakage of information throughout the course of its lifecycle – from creation and recording to archiving and deletion
- Zero Networks (Israel) – Preventing attacks from spreading and causing damage by automatically restricting network access to only what is normally needed – everything else goes through 2-step verification
The next stage of the programme will involve the winners working jointly with Kaspersky on product development, as well as receiving technical and business mentoring. Those that pass the pilot will also have access to Kaspersky channel partners (including distributors and resellers), clients and prospects.