Kaspersky Innovation Hub (IHub) continues the activities of its Open Innovation Programme – 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.
During the first round in 2019, Kaspersky received 258 applications from 49 countries. Four out of the 12 final startups, which 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 had the opportunity to collaborate on joint business cases with Kaspersky and launch their products with the support of a globally recognised 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 Innovation Analyst Insights – and based on the ability of their products or technologies to solve concrete cybersecurity use 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.
The closing date for online applications is April 30, 2020.
For more details and to apply to take part in the challenge, go to https://www.kaspersky.com/blog/open-innovation-april-2020/
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