A startup accelerator programme called 'H.A.C.K' has been launched by the Karnataka’s Centre of Excellence in cyber security (CySecK) for cyber security-specific startups.

H.A.C.K, which is Karnataka’s first cybersecurity-specific accelerator programme, is housed at Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and already has 21 startups on board, which in turn are divided into three cohorts -- 10x cohort, 0-1 cohort and virtual cohort.

Applications are invited from all cyber security startups, both early-stage and growth-stage, to apply for the zeroth cohort launching in Q2 2020.

H.A.C.K. will provide an innovative incubation platform to connect participating startups with the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem and marquee mentors from around the world. If you’re a startup looking to get connected to government, industry or market players, H.A.C.K. is the place for you.

H.A.C.K. is brought to you by the Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security (CS-CoE), which is a Government of Karnataka initiative under Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society (KITS), Department of Information Technology and Biotechnology with Indian Institute of Science (IISc) as the Anchor Institution and Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology (KSCST) as the Implementing Agency.

The late date for applying is 15th March, 2020. Eligibility criteria for growth-stage startups can be found here. Certain criteria may be relaxed for early-stage startups.

Formed in 2017 by Govt of Karnataka, CySecK is part of the state's Technology Innovation Strategy, to promote the cyber-safe and conducive environment for industry collaboration, address the skill gaps, build awareness and facilitate innovation in this emerging technology field of Cyber Security.

CySecK also facilitate standardization and best practices for information security across industry domains, foster innovation, research & development and conduct some of the high-end-in-house-training programs within Cyber Security Technologies.

Via ~ New Indian Express

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