Kaspersky Lab and venture industry leaders to host Startup workshop with Singapore Polytechnic

Kaspersky Lab, along with venture industry leaders Mangrove Capital Partners and ABRT Venture Fund, will host the inaugural startup workshop at Singapore Polytechnic. Taking place on 30 April 2015, the workshop will host technopreneurs from the region seeking insights and trends for startups venturing into cybersecurity.

Cyberthreats are a global problem and their number and sophistication continues to evolve significantly. In line with its mission to help police cyberattacks, Kaspersky Lab is determined to build awareness, encourage dialogue and run educational programs that contribute towards international collaboration in the fight against cybercrime.

The workshop will feature keynote presentations on business models in cybersecurity, metrics and planning growth. In addition, Vitaly Kamluk, Principal Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team, Kaspersky Lab and a member of INTERPOL’s Digital Forensics Lab Team, will be present at the event as well.

Vitaly, who is speaking at the InnovFest Unbound event at the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre on April 29, joins various esteemed panelists to talk about the industry outlook as well as the startup ecosystem during the one-day workshop at Singapore Polytechnic.

The workshop is organized alongside a brand-new global initiative designed to identify and nurture new talent for the security industry. The Security Startup Challenge (SSC) is a mentor-driven acceleration program developed and implemented by the Kaspersky Academy, in partnership with venture industry leaders, Mangrove Capital Partners and the ABRT Venture Fund. SSC will provide startups with access to cutting-edge business, cybersecurity and cross-industry expertise from around the world.

Running from March to August, the Security Startup Challenge 2015 will comprise a preliminary series of two-day workshops, in Jerusalem, Berlin, San Francisco and Moscow before culminating in Singapore. This will be followed by a three-month acceleration program which will include two bootcamps in Luxembourg and end with a grand finale at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA).

40 places are available at SSC 2015, offering founders of startup projects in cybersecurity and related areas, such as fintech, healthcare, mobile, the Internet of Things, and the Cloud, a chance to build their knowledge and compete for an US$80,000 prize fund and post-program support.

To find out more about the SSC, please visit www.ssc2015.org.

About Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection solutions. The company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users*. Throughout its more than 17-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for large enterprises, SMBs and consumers. Kaspersky Lab, with its holding company registered in the United Kingdom, currently operates in almost 200 countries and territories across the globe, providing protection for over 400 million users worldwide. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.

About Mangrove Capital Partners

Mangrove Capital Partners (www.mangrove.vc) is a leading early stage venture capital firm. Its team chases bold, transformational ideas around the world, with a combined focus on Europe, Israel, India and Russia.

Mangrove works with top entrepreneurial talent at the earliest stages of innovation, with the aim of being the first institutional investor: the firm has co-created projects and regularly injects funds prior to product launch, often in unproven, unusual or unfavoured technologies. Its team brings rich and diverse experience in industry as well as technology, and its entrepreneur-centric approach ensures founders have the support, encouragement and experience they need to build disruptive, global companies.

With $750 million under management, Mangrove has the capacity to support its portfolio through multiple rounds of financing and is the largest shareholder in many of its best performing companies.  Founded in 2000, Mangrove has invested in more than 70 companies, including Skype (sold to eBay), Wix.com (Nasdaq:Wix), Brands4Friends (sold to eBay), Nimbuzz (partially sold), Freedompop and KupiVIP. Mangrove has consistently featured among the top performing venture capital funds in the industry.

About ABRT Venture Fund

ABRT Venture Fund (www.abrtfund.com) was established by Ratmir Timashev & Andrei Baronov, the founders of Aelita Software, which is known for being sold to a Californian company Quest Software for $115 mil in March 2004. ABRT Venture Fund operates in US, Israel, UK and Eastern Europe and is focused on multiple stage infrastructure software investments. Portfolio includes Veeam Software, Acronis, Firemon, StarWind, Five9, KupiVIP, OkToGo, and others. ABRT team is referred to be one of the top leaders among infrastructure software experts.

The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2013. The rating was published in the IDC report “Worldwide End2014–2018 Forecast and 2013 Vendor Shares (IDC #250210, August 2014). The report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions.


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