You develop innovative apps. We fuel your growth.

Get the funding and resources you need to grow your business and build your reputation with the Palo Alto Networks Venture Fund.

Candidates for funding

When you develop apps for Cortex™ AI-based continuous security platform, you’re helping tens of thousands of companies access the latest cybersecurity innovations to prevent successful cyberattacks.

The Venture Fund assists seed-, early- and growth-stage security companies focused on developing innovative cloud-based apps for Cortex. Teaming up with Greylock Partners and Sequoia Ventures, we identify and evaluate innovative security applications for potential strategic co-investment.

Together, we help entrepreneurs and developers rapidly deliver compelling value to the market.

Add value to Cortex

Cortex is the industry’s only open and integrated AI-based continuous security platform. It delivers radical simplicity and significantly improves security outcomes through automation and unprecedented accuracy.

Benefits of developing for Cortex

Exponentially improve time to market for new products by developing apps, compressing a process that took years down to months. Focus on developing high-value security capabilities, instead of building infrastructure and collecting the data needed to fuel analytics. Teams use Cortex infrastructure services, including a software development kit, or SDK, and application programming interfaces, or APIs, to streamline app creation.

Cortex provides you with:

Seamless customer adoption

Reach a marketplace of 60,000 Palo Alto Networks customers without having to develop, sell or deploy additional hardware.

Data access

Get access to Cortex Data Lake for normalized data stitched together across cloud, endpoint and network.

Speed to market

Accelerate your speed to market by building cloud-based apps for Cortex.

How to apply to the Venture Fund

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