Open Innovation Program

Until April 30, 2020

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Kaspersky Open Innovation Program is inviting innovative startups to support the growth of new joint business activities.
For startup teams and individual projects

What We’re Looking For

We are looking for the most advanced projects working at the edge of cybersecurity

Family protection

Kids protection from cyberbullying and prevention from drug use, criminal activities

Analysis of kids’ communications via digital apps

Internet Browsing monitoring for kids with dangerous activity analysis

Alarms for inappropriate content on kids’ devices

Smart watch and geo-location tracker

Activity tracker for the young and/or seniors

Remote digital assistance for the young and/or seniors

Health tracker for seniors

SOS button app/device for emergency (e.g. critical health state)

Helping seniors solve problems with digital devices via remote access

Babysitters monitoring devices with dangerous activity analysis

Home security

Detection and remediation from voice & video deepfake

Anomaly detection system for daily in-home activities

SW for home routers protection

Vulnerability scanner that detects changes and protect the network

Cybersecurity training for smart devices

Protection against Man-in-the-Middle attacks

Privacy protection

Privacy Audit assistant (online)

Dating app and photo leaking prevention solutions

Confidential data protection and leakage prevention solutions

Verified anonymous identity when using public WiFi

Social networks settings and fingerprints cleaner

Social networks tracker

Private Data obfuscation

Virtual payment cards

Advanced authentication tools, including behavioral biometrics and passwordless authentication solutions

Wearable devices security

Hidden camera and microphone spy detector

Internet browsing history protection

Cybersecurity solutions for electronic chips

What We Offer

Validate, grow and scale your solution globally with Kaspersky


Technical and business mentoring for product development

Work on technical integrations for a joint proof of concept

Invitation to Demo Day in Milan, Italy, with paid travel and accommodation


Business partnerships for commercial growth

Direct access to our channel partners (including distributors and resellers)

Access to Kaspersky’s regional and HQ offices, business development and technical resources and expertise

Global Exposure
and Outreach

Best selected projects will be invited to run a join piloting projects

Dedicated professional team for global product sales and market boost

Participation in global partner conferences and other events

Engagement and exposure via our dedicated channel and media partners

How It Works

  • Call Opens
    March 02, 2020
  • Call Closes
    April 30, 2020
  • Committee
  • Demo Day in Milano (cancelled)
    May 28, 2020
  • Agreements

About us

Kaspersky is a leading global cybersecurity company:
our security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats and to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe.

400+ million users are protected by our technologies

270+ thousands corporate clients within our business portfolio

30+ offices around the world with operations in 200+ countries


General questions

Why are you organizing this Program?

We think the ‘challenge’ format is the best way to get closer to new forms of innovation and to enhance the growth of new joint business initiatives based on cooperation between Kaspersky Innovation Hub and tech startups.

What is the value for your clients?

We believe that through this sort of activity we can bring multiple values to our current customers and prospects, as well as to tech startups. Therefore, we invite you to build these values together with us.

The values we bring are:

  • Globally recognized cybersecurity vendor selects best-in-class solutions to address security needs even faster.
  • Solutions that complement our portfolio, integrate with our technologies to combine and maximize values for your corporate cyber-defense strategy.
  • We scout, validate, nurture and enhance the most advanced and disruptive technologies to support your digital transformation.
Is it an incubation or acceleration program?


We are a leading cybersecurity solutions provider; our focus is business. Through this program we aim to test your product/service, validate its technical and business potential and develop the business jointly.

Once selected, we will draw up a cooperation agreement accordingly, and you will receive support from our dedicated team to scale your solution globally.

Do I have to give away some equity shares?

No, we are not asking for any equity in exchange for prizes.

Organizational questions

How does a startup apply?

The application process is very easy: click on “Apply” to register and fill in the form by April 30, 2020.

Check out the details on the website

Can I submit my idea or solution as an individual or can I only apply on behalf of a team?

Our focus is preferably for ongoing company projects with a working team rather than an individual. Nonetheless, if you have an outstanding individual project, we would encourage you to apply!

How mature does the solution need to be?

We are looking for innovative solutions (products or services) to be tested and/or used. This means you should provide a product/service beyond the functional prototype phase, ideally already launched on the market, and preferably already with clients.

What are the benefits of applying?

We offer a wide range of benefits to startups:

  • Product/service validation through joint proof of concept;
  • Invitation to pitch in front of our Kaspersky global team (conditions to be applied on travel and accommodation expenses);
  • Pilot project with Kaspersky focused on co-sales and revenue sharing in one of the Kaspersky regions of presence.
  • Support for product development, marketing through multiple media channels and events;
  • Access to channel partners (including distributors and re-sellers);
  • Access to own clients and prospects via Kaspersky sales and presales force;
  • Opportunity to scale globally and be promoted globally in every region where Kaspersky has a presence.
Are you thinking of investing in my company?

We are open to the possibility of investing and/or proposing to share the capital in a startup.

What is the deadline for applications?

Online applications close on Thursday, April 30, at 23.59 hours CET. This will be the last day you can submit your project via the website. A reminder will be sent in case you will not finish the application.

Can we skip F6S registration and send our application directly?

No. F6S is the only channel through which Kaspersky is accepting proposals.

Who can see my application?

The reviewer team made up of Kaspersky and F6S will be responsible for evaluating your project. For more info, see the Privacy Policy.

Can I submit my entry in my native language?

Application forms will only be accepted in English.

When will I find out if my company has been selected?

We will send an email informing you whether your company has been selected or not a few weeks after the deadline for submissions (April, 30). Stay tuned!

What happens after the submission deadline? What will happen if my project is selected?

We will perform a rigorous validation process involving two phases:

  • We analyze all the submitted projects and create a shortlist of those with the most potential;
  • Shortlisted projects undergo a second stage (pre-validation) that includes technical, business and market characteristics.

Those projects that successfully pass the pre-validation phase will be included in the list of finalists and invited to pitch at the Demo Day on the 28th of May that will happen online.

What will happen during the Demo Day?

You will have the opportunity to present your project in front of a jury of experts from Kaspersky Innovation Hub, and with the support of F6S. We will notify you if you have been selected to participate in the Demo Day and send you all the necessary information. We will also help you fine-tune your pitch presentation via dedicated one-to-one online coaching sessions prior to the event.

Will my travel and accommodation expenses be paid for?

Usually yes, Kaspersky Innovation Hub covers travel expenses for each project that qualifies for the Demo Day.

In this case, due to CoVid-19 virus, we are committed to taking all necessary steps to protect your health and safety, therefore, we decided to hold the event on May 28th in online format.

Do startups have to pitch in English?

As it is an international competition with international judges and attendees, we ask all startups to pitch in English.

What will happen after the Demo Day?

The participants with the most promising projects will be offered the chance to enter into cooperation agreements with Kaspersky Innovation Hub. The cooperation agreements will be drawn up, negotiated and finalized on a bilateral basis, between each startup and Kaspersky Innovation Hub.

Still have questions?

If your question isn’t answered here, don’t hesitate to email us at ihub@kaspersky.com

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