SandGrain shines at the 10th Gerard & Anton Awards

On a night that shone brightly with innovation and promise, the 10th presentation of the Gerard & Anton Awards marked a significant milestone in the tech community. With more than 300 visitors, this year’s event was the biggest yet, celebrating the 100th winner in its prestigious history. Held at the High Tech Campus in Brainport Eindhoven, the atmosphere was electric as the startup community gathered to honor the ten most promising startups in the region.

SandGrain: Elevating Cybersecurity in the IoT Era

In an increasingly connected world, the security of data and the integrity of networks are paramount. The Internet of Things (IoT) has revolutionised how devices communicate, but it has also introduced new vulnerabilities, particularly in identity verification and authentication. SandGrain, one of this year’s standout winners, is at the forefront of addressing these critical issues. The company is working to create a world where data is secure, networks can be trusted, and sovereignty is valued.

SandGrain’s innovative approach to cybersecurity involves the use of an electronic trust anchor, which acts as a robust “fingerprint” for security. Their universal authentication platform is designed to work with any IoT device, combining a secure cloud platform with a token attached to the device. This system ensures that every source of data and every connection is authenticated and protected, providing a level of security that is essential in our highly interconnected society.

Judges Impressed by SandGrain’s Vision

The judges, themselves more active in the cloud than they’d like, were initially struck by the vivid realization of the potential lack of security for their digital belongings. This moment of clarity highlighted the critical need for enhanced cybersecurity measures. Once they recovered from that scare, they recognized that a party like SandGrain would be essential in ensuring the safety and reliability of our connected world. Their decision to award SandGrain was unanimous, acknowledging the company’s potential to set new standards in the cybersecurity landscape.

The Importance of Secure Connectivity

As the digital ecosystem continues to expand, the need for robust cybersecurity solutions becomes increasingly urgent. SandGrain is addressing this need with its advanced authentication platform, which is designed to secure any device within the IoT. By providing a reliable method of identity verification and data source protection, SandGrain is helping to build a foundation of trust in digital interactions.

Looking Forward

The Gerard & Anton Awards not only celebrate the present achievements of startups like SandGrain but also look forward to their future contributions. As the Brainport Eindhoven region continues to thrive as a hub of innovation, companies like SandGrain represent the bright future of technology and entrepreneurship.

Acknowledging Our Supporters

The success of the Gerard & Anton Awards was made possible in part by the generous support of our sponsors and partners. We extend our heartfelt thanks to EY, Rabobank, V.O. Patents & Trademarks, TWICE, Kadans Science Partner, Braventure, Lumo Labs, Municipality of Eindhoven, High Tech Campus, Philips, Goevaers & Znn. B.V., and DeepTechXL. Their contributions have been invaluable in making this event a remarkable success.

Safe and secure – no matter what application

We provide a universal authentication platform for any connective device.

Today, cyber-attacks are a real concern. We believe in restoring trust and piece of mind in an ever-changing and expanding Internet-of-Things.

We have created a unique solution that can be applied universally to any connective device within the Internet-of-Things. It combines the best of both worlds: a secure cloud platform linked to a token physically attached to the device.


The secure cloud platform providing state-of-the-art cyber security and required software services.

  • Generates, assigns, and issues unique identities for hardware tokens
  • Validates authentication requests from tokens in de field.
  • State-of-the Art cyber-security
  • Infinitely scalable

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Physically Unique ID

An immutable, hardwired, token that cannot be hacked.

  • A small IC that can be attached on the end-node of any IoT device
  • Immutable and extremely robust
  • Unique codes that are hard-coded on the IC using patented SandGrain technology
  • Communicates with CyberRock for authentication.

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