Ermes Cyber Security and AIKO are I3P's "2020 Start-ups of the Year"


Two young companies, both active in the field of Artificial Intelligence, are the ex-aequo winners of the "Startup of the Year" award assigned in 2020 by I3P.

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On the occasion of the "2020 Start-up Fest", held on Monday, December 21 in its first online version, I3P awarded the young innovative companies that stood out for the results obtained after three years of incubation.

"As an incubator, especially in this very difficult year, we are committed to supporting and cultivating startups with high technological and growth potential, to be more and more a reference point for innovation in the country," says Giuseppe Scellato, President of I3P. "We are therefore proud to award two companies that apply Artificial Intelligence in two strategic and very competitive sectors such as cybersecurity and aerospace. Both have been supported by the project 'Spin-off of public research' of Regione Piemonte and the results of their growth paths are a clear demonstration of how the resources invested in this initiative dedicated to public incubators can lead to high-level results."

Ermes Cyber Security

Born as a spin-off of Politecnico di Torino, Ermes Cyber Security was founded by researchers Hassan Metwalley, Stefano Traverso and Marco Mellia, who developed an artificial intelligence solution aimed at companies. 

Thanks to patented algorithms based on machine learning, big data and artificial intelligence, Ermes' solution identifies and blocks cyber tracking attacks and avoids the loss of information caused by web trackers, ensuring the total protection of every single corporate device. Today Ermes Cyber Security is a constantly growing reality: it counts in 2020 almost 30 employees and a turnover of 900,000 euros.

"Ermes Cyber Security represents a success case for the Technology Transfer of Politecnico di Torino and all the bodies that collaborate to fully exploit the technologies developed by the research groups, inside and outside the university," noted Giuseppe Scellato.


Founded by Lorenzo Feruglio, Giorgio Albano and Loris Franchi, AIKO develops Artificial Intelligence software for the automation of space missions. The company, which is completing its incubation at I3P, aims to become the reference for the application of AI to autonomous missions in space. 

The first company in Europe to have demonstrated the validity of deep learning algorithms for in-orbit operations, it specifically targets satellite manufacturers, mission management software developers and companies operating space missions. An innovation that has won not only the acknowledgements of the European Space Agency but also those of professional investors: in fact, Aiko has just concluded a €1.5 million investment round with Primo Space.

 "AIKO has been able to express, among the first in the world, a product capable of going beyond all frontiers," Giuseppe Scellato emphasized. "Moreover, the success of AIKO confirms the importance of the aerospace sector in Turin, which aspires to become a reference point for aerospace."