Open Innovation Program

Until July, 28, 2019

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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


European safety features for connected cars

Security solutions for in-car devices (e.g. ECUs) and data exchange platforms and buses

Threat intelligence solutions focusing on transportation system cybersecurity

OEM and aftermarket automotive cybersecurity services

IoT security devices that can track the behavior of in-car systems and report anomalies

SW and HW solutions that can prevent attacks in ‘car-to-car’ and ‘car-to-cloud’ communication scenarios


Cybersecurity tools for crypto-currency exchange and token exchange platforms

Software and hardware crypto-wallets with advanced authentication and key management approaches

Enhanced smart contract review and verification methodologies and tools

Crypto-currency anti-money laundering solutions

Blockchain transaction visibility and traceability solutions


Fraud detection and response in real time

Ad-fraud detection and prevention systems

Advanced authentication tools, including behavioral biometrics and passwordless authentication solutions

Payment system security audit and analytics tools

Financial cybercrime investigation and forensics tools

Confidential data protection and leakage prevention solutions


Protection for field-level components and industrial control systems (ICS)

Cybersecurity solutions for connected industries (e.g. electric power facilities, smart grids, digital factories, etc.)

Hardware and software solutions to secure the continuous operation of industrial processes

Solutions to prevent industrial system fraud as well as cyber-espionage and sabotage, ensuring continuous manufacturing or production system operations

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

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
    Until July, 28, 2019
  • Call Closes
  • Committee
  • Demo Day in Milano
    October 10th
  • 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 and tech-based 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-based 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 cyberdefense 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 July, 28, 2019.

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 global team (travel and accommodation expenses covered);
  • Support for product development, marketing through multiple media channels and events;
  • Become part of Kaspersky’s portfolio and be promoted globally;
  • Access to channel partners (including distributors and resellers);
  • Access to own clients and prospects via Kaspersky’s sales and pre-sales force;
  • Collaboration with Kaspersky’s R&D office in order to improve prototypes/products;
  • Opportunity to scale globally in every region where Kaspersky has a presence.

Check out the detailed list of benefits on the program website: innovations.kaspersky.com

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 Sunday, July, 28, at 23.59 hours CET. This will be the last day you can submit your project via the website innovations.kaspersky.com

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 BIBA Venture Partners 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 (July, 28). 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 in September in Milan (Italy).

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, and with the support of BIBA Venture Partners. 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?

Yes, Kaspersky will cover travel expenses for each project that qualifies for the Demo Day. Please note that travel expenses will be covered for no more than two persons from each startup, and accommodation expenses will be covered for no more than a two-day stay in Milan, Italy (Kaspersky reserves the right to make the final decision on flights and hotel accommodation).

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. The cooperation agreements will be drawn up, negotiated and finalized on a bilateral basis, between each startup and Kaspersky.

Still have questions?

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

Join us
and take your
business worldwide!

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