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IMS Digital Ventures Leads US$ 1.5M Pre-Seed Round of Cybertech Company OwlGaze

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HONG KONG, July 26, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IMS Digital Ventures, the venture building arm of Integrated Management Systems, one of the leading digital transformation agencies in Asia, is pleased to announce the closing of a US$ 1.5M pre-Seed round of OwlGaze in which it acted as the lead investor. OwlGaze offers companies an end-to-end predictive threat detection solution to identify, prioritise and prevent cyber attacks using advanced correlation and AI technology.

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Dennis Plomp (l), Anastasios Papadopoulos (standing) and Ralph Chammah, CEO OwlGaze (r). (Photo: Business Wire)

Globally, companies ranging from small startups to large enterprises are increasingly affected by cyber threats and they struggle to keep up. "We do not only see a growth in the number of businesses that are targeted by cyber criminals, the attacks have become more and more sophisticated and the financial and operational impact that a successful attack can have, has increased as well," according to Ralph Chammah, CEO of OwlGaze. "At the same time, the cybersecurity software market is highly fragmented and opaque for most clients. There is very limited cooperation between software vendors in the industry and many claims about the intelligence and effectiveness of various solutions are exaggerated at best. This was the reason why we started OwlGaze," Chammah says.

Apart from OwlGaze’s cyber advisory practice which guides clients through any cyber-related issues, what makes OwlGaze really stand out is its software, Blacklight. Blacklight, which works seamlessly with other existing solutions within a client’s tech stack, uses all available data points to continuously detect, prioritise and act upon attempted malicious activities. Blacklight’s low costs, truly predictive and proactive nature and scalable architecture are unique features in the industry.

"We were really impressed by the team’s experience in the cybertech market and their real-life knowledge of the possibilities and limitations of the existing solutions. In an industry that is full of buzzwords, the OwlGaze team is developing an advanced data collection and AI analytics platform that continues where other vendors stop: detecting and acting upon attacks when or even before they happen," according to Anastasios Papadopoulos, CEO of Integrated Management Systems (IMS) and IMS Digital Ventures. "There are a lot of synergies with our in-house capabilities such as AI, data engineering, and infrastructure. We see great potential for OwlGaze and we are proud to back such a strong and innovative team in an increasingly important market."

Earlier this month, OwlGaze successfully closed a US$ 1.5M pre-Seed round, which was led by IMS. Other investors included the OwlGaze management team, a European family office and angel investors.

About OwlGaze

OwlGaze is a boutique firm that specialises in cybersecurity software and advisory. Its mission is to help organisations identify, manage and mitigate daily cyber risks to transform business performance in a safe environment. OwlGaze advises, deploys, and operates using a comprehensive range of cyber services in the areas of Strategy, Privacy, Identity, Infra, and Response.

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About IMS Digital Ventures (IMS DV)

IMS Digital Ventures is the venture building arm of IMS, Hong Kong’s leading Digital Transformation Agency with over 300 employees in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Singapore. At IMS Digital Ventures, we build revolutionary new ventures with Asia’s most influential corporations and disruptive entrepreneurs.

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For more information on IMS Digital Ventures, please contact Anastasios Papadopoulos by email at or telephone +852 3611 0130.

For more information on OwlGaze, please contact Ralph Chammah by email at or telephone +852 3615 8930.

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