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Kapalya Awarded Competitive Grant From The National Science Foundation

Small Business Innovation Research Program Provides Seed Funding for R&D
Enterprise-wide Encryption Management platform provides key management across multiple platforms – endpoints/mobile/cloud/VDI/on-prem servers.

Kapalya Inc. has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $256,000 to conduct research and development (R&D) work on an AI based Advanced Counter Ransomware solution.

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Kapalya has developed a comprehensive enterprise-wide Encryption Management Platform (EMP) to encrypt unstructured data wherever it resides. One use case of EMP is data recovery on endpoints after a ransomware breach, WITHOUT any data leakage. To enhance our existing solution offering, we will be developing an advanced counter ransomware solution based on AI, which will prevent, remediate and eradicate ransomware in active memory spaces. Combined with our existing solution, Kapalya will deliver a comprehensive anti-ransomware solution.

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“NSF is proud to support the technology of the future by thinking beyond incremental developments and funding the most creative, impactful ideas across all markets and areas of science and engineering,” said Andrea Belz, Division Director of the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships at NSF. “With the support of our research funds, any deep technology startup or small business can guide basic science into meaningful solutions that address tremendous needs.”

“We are very honored to receive this award from the National Science Foundation. Winning this award endorses our counter ransomware deep-technology solution. Once fully developed, we will provide governments, enterprises and SMBs with a cutting-edge solution to protect their organizations against ransomware, which has become the main form of cyberattacks as shown by breaches at Colonial Pipeline and Kaseya. Our objective is to block and prevent ransomware attacks and to guard against data exploitation.” said Sudesh Kumar, Founder and CEO of Kapalya.

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Once a small business is awarded a Phase I SBIR/STTR grant (up to $256,000), it becomes eligible to apply for a Phase II (up to $1,000,000). Small businesses with Phase II funding are eligible to receive up to $500,000 in additional matching funds with qualifying third-party investment or sales.

Startups or entrepreneurs who submit a three-page Project Pitch will know within one month if they meet the program’s objectives to support innovative technologies that show promise of commercial and/or societal impact and involve a level of technical risk. Small businesses with innovative science and technology solutions, and commercial potential are encouraged to apply. All proposals submitted to the NSF SBIR/STTR program, also known as America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF, undergo a rigorous merit-based review process to select only 1 out of 10 applicants.

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