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Brightside AI wins top prize at the Tech4Trust 2024 awards


11 June 2024

The Tech4Trust program awarded Brightside AI as the top start-up in its season 5 finale, celebrating its exceptional contributions to digital trust and security. Brightside AI, iCure and Ystorian have demonstrated exceptional talent, revolutionary solutions, and a passion for technology that guarantees a safer, more trustworthy digital future. | © Trust Valley

The Tech4Trust program awarded Brightside AI as the top start-up in its season 5 finale, celebrating its exceptional contributions to digital trust and security.

The winners of season 5 of the Tech4Trust program were revealed at the awards ceremony held at the unlimitrust campus. The season finale of the Trust Valley acceleration program rewarded six cybersecurity and digital trust start-ups chosen from 12 finalists. Among them, three start-ups from Western Switzerland shone: Brightside AI took first place, iCure came second, and Ystorian won the Jury’s Coup de Coeur.

Vaud-based Brightside AI won the competition thanks to its pioneering advances in digital trust and security. This cybersecurity SaaS platform recently closed a USD 1 million deal with Social Links, enhancing its AI-driven human data search engine with real-world examples. Brightside AI’s solutions are particularly vital for SMEs in managing their external data risks and adhering to GDPR standards. The company’s platform and business dashboard assist administrators in assessing security positions and conducting targeted phishing tests.

Second place went to Geneva-based iCure, whose solution is revolutionizing the security of medical data and patient records. The Jury’s Prize was awarded to Ystorian, another Geneva-based start-up, providing comprehensive cybersecurity risk assessments for SMEs.

This year, the third prize, the social impact prize, and the hardware prize went to start-ups from Italy (TrueScreen), Taiwan (Numbers Protocol), and France (Akidaia).

New Trust Village in Geneva

The Trust Valley initiative continues its expansion with the opening of the Trust Village Geneva in collaboration with the Geneva Center for Security Policy and its academic and private partners. Trust Village Geneva is a start-up incubator in the heart of international Geneva, dedicated to digital trust.

Focused on digital trust and emerging technologies such as cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, the new Trust Village will also emphasize quantum technologies. The new incubator has already begun its mission, with approximately 15 start-up projects involving local and international founders. Trust Village Geneva offers free accommodation to startups for one year and warmly welcomes new partners to join this dynamic ecosystem.

unlimitrust, a hub for innovation in digital trust

The unlimitrust campus, created by SICPA, is dedicated to fostering innovation in digital trust to address the growing challenges of cybersecurity. Located in Prilly (canton of Vaud), the campus brings together start-ups, investors, academics, and industry leaders to advance technologies related to digital trust. The campus offers modern facilities, private workspaces, and collaborative environments, making it an ideal setting for nurturing innovative ideas and solutions.