Gatineau, 30 November 2023 — Incubator-accelerator Cilex wraps up the first edition of its cybersecurity networking program, in collaboration with real estate company Brigil. This was Quebec’s first acceleration program specialized in cybersecurity and digital identity.
The pilot program’s six participating startups had been selected in January 2023 following precise criteria. For one year, Conatix, CyberDefense.AI, F8th, Northern Block, Secure Exchanges and VerifA.I. enjoyed privileged access to Brigil, the program’s specialized partners, and Cilex, in order to refine their knowledge of the market and better frame their service offers.
“The cybersecurity networking program will have helped the six startups better understand this new market, find new growth opportunities and refine their entrepreneurial skills. It also gave Cilex the chance to better understand the ecosystem’s networking dynamics and lay the foundations for a potential new and improved version of the program,” said Manuel Patry, Project Lead for the cybersecurity networking program at Cilex.
“Brigil proudly joined in this partnership, offering custom coaching to the selected startups and hopefully helping drive their business development. As a civic-minded builder, we take a keen interest in the region’s development and economic wellbeing,” explains Jessy Desjardins, Brigil’s Vice-President of Development and Conception. “Having a reliable digital world is of utmost importance for growing businesses. Cyberthreats are constantly evolving, and this partnership will help us rework our systems and strive for continuous improvement.”
The Cilex cybersecurity networking program was made possible thanks to a $100,000 contribution from the Fonds de soutien aux organismes à but non lucratif appuyant l’entrepreneuriat from the City of Gatineau, as well as support from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions. Startups were also able to benefit from a personalized coaching service worth up to $75,000 thanks to the Momentum service from MAIN, and receive invaluable advice from the program’s specialized partners: CyberQuébec, Export Outaouais, In-Sec-M, IVÉO, the Digital Identity Laboratory, PROMPT and RHEA Group.
Additional information is available at en.cilex.ca/maillage-cybersecurite.
Communications Adviser, Cilex
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