Apstra, Darktrace, Everactive, Guardicore, NetFoundry, and Odo Security were some of the companies taking out top honours at the NetEvents Innovation Awards 2019 – Cloud/Datacenter, IoT & CyberSecurity

The awards – presented at the annual NetEvents Global IT Summit in San Jose – recognised 2019’s key innovative start-ups and significant established players operating in Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud/Datacenter and Cybersecurity with all funds raised from the award entry fees shared between three charities: Prostate Cancer Research, STEM and UNICEF.

According to NetEvents, this year’s installment saw the total charitable contributions raised to date come in at over U$137,000. Six company categories were awarded: three Hot Start-Up awards categories for innovative pre-IPO contestants in Cloud/Datacenter, IoT & Cybersecurity; and three Innovation Leader awards which covered the same categories, but for established organizations. “They were judged by an independent international panel of leading technology press and industry analysts.


Each of the category winners was invited on-stage to present their business propositions before an audience of technology leaders, press and analysts representing over 35+ countries around the world. The Silicon Valley judging panel of VC’s included: Hiro Rio Maeda, Managing Director, DNX Ventures; Peter Kuper, Managing Director, ClearSky; & Neil Weintraut, Partner, Motus Ventures.  The winners:

Hot Start-Up – Cloud/DatacenterNetFoundry with its ‘Connectivity as Code’ developer platform was chosen to receive the award.

Hot Start-Up – IoTEveractive, pioneers in wireless and battery-less IoT was the award winner.

Hot Start Up ­– CybersecurityOdo Security took the Award with its ‘zero trust access solution’

Start-Up award presentation- Hiro Rio Maeda, MD, DNX Ventures, Neil Weintraut, Partner, Motus Ventures, Galeal Zino, CEO, NetFoundry, Peter Kuper, MD, ClearSky

In addition, Odo Security won the overall vote from the VC’s as top choice of the three Hot Start-Up category winners for investment.  “Given the legacy VPN doesn’t suit the today’s working environment, we have seen too many security incidents due to the poor access management to the third party developers,’” said Lead Judge Hiro Rio Maeda, Managing Director, DNX Ventures.

“The recent Doordash breach was a good example of that. Odo Security provides a simple and secured but yet detail management to remote workers and 3rd party developers to access privileged assets in which we judges saw the fit with modern enterprise heterogeneous infrastructure needs.”


Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services, Vertical Systems Group presenting award to Ethan Tashman, Darktrace

The winner of the Innovation Leader – IoT Award –  was Darktrace. Based in Cambridge, UK and San Francisco Darktrace specializes in cyber defence. The company was established in 2013 and has over 40 offices worldwide

Brad Casemore, Research VP, Datacenter Networks, IDC presenting award to Mansour Karam, CEO & Founder, Apstra

The Innovation Leader – Cloud/Data centre Award – went to Apstra, a Menlo Park based intent-based data center automation specialist.

The Innovation Leader – Cybersecurity Award –  went to Guardicore, a Tel Aviv headquartered cloud security firm.


Richard van der Draay was in San Jose as a guest of NetEvents