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London and Amsterdam-based cybersecurity startup Hadrian closes €2.5M to improve digital security of global organisations

Hadrian

Hadrian, a London and Amsterdam-based cybersecurity startup, has raised €2.5M (approx £2.1M) funding in a pre-seed round led by San Francisco-based Village Global and Amsterdam-based Slimmer AI.

Other angel investors and experts, including Alex Weiss, managing partner of US-based cybersecurity fund ClearSky; Manuel Stotz, founder of UK-based Kingsway Capital; Riva-Melissa Tez, US-based AI venture investor; Chris Vogelzang, former CEO Danske Bank; specialist cyber security investors Grace Cassy and Jonathan Luff from CyLon; and Alexander Ribbink, general partner Keen Venture Partners, also participated. 

Offers security insights

Founded by Rogier Fischer, Olivier Beg, Tijl van Vliet and Maurice Clin, Hadrian uses cloud technology and machine learning to deliver scalable, accurate, and detailed security insights. 

Cybercrime damages for 2020 are estimated to reach $1 trillion. “We simply do not have enough experts in the world to keep the criminals out,” says co-founder Rogier Fischer. 

“By building a truly autonomous offensive security solution we can help companies defend themselves. Digital infrastructures are growing, and this makes them vulnerable to large-scale, AI-supported, attacks. Launching an effective defence against AI requires state-of-the-art cloud-based technologies to autonomously develop and test new attack vectors”, concludes Rogier.

In October, Hadrian started working with 4 launch customers in the technology, financial, pharmaceutical, and press sectors.

Slimmer AI

Based out of Amsterdam, Slimmer AI is an AI B2B venture studio. The company builds, invests in, and supports new B2B software ventures that apply AI to disrupt industries.

JC Heyneke, CEO Slimmer AI: “Cybersecurity is a huge challenge with impact on all of society. Traditional technology approaches are not keeping pace—the only way to do so is through more autonomous solutions using machine learning. The Hadrian founders have the vision, drive, and experience to transform this industry.”