Dateline Fulton, Maryland: DataTribe's fourth annual Cybersecurity Startup Challenge
DataTribe held its fourth annual Cybersecurity Start-Up Challenge yesterday, and we're pleased to announce the results. Grey Market Labs (a secure virtual enclave deployment platform), ContraForce (a security orchestration platform), and QuickCode (a data labeling technology for machine learning datasets) were the three finalists (and each came into the finals having already been awarded $20 thousand). ContraForce and QuickCode were named the winners, each receiving a $2 million investment, double what the competition had originally planned to award.
DataTribe is a global cyber foundry based in Maryland. It supports early-stage companies, and runs the annual competition "to identify and curate pre-series A, seed high-technology start-ups with a vision to disrupt cybersecurity and data science." (Disclosure: the CyberWire is a DataTribe portfolio company.) The judges of the competition were Bob Ackerman (Founder, AllegisCyber; Co-Founder, DataTribe), Shamla Naidoo (Head of Cloud Security, Netskope, Former Global CISO, IBM), Navin Maharaj (Director, Koch Disruptive Technologies), Ron Gula (President & Co-Founder, Gula Tech Adventures; Co-founder, Tenable), and Arno Van Der Walt (CISO, Marriott International).
It was good to get together for an in-person pitch event again after so many months of relative isolation. Those who attended received a special preview of the CyberWire's upcoming mini-series, "Hacking Humans goes to the movies." Watch for it on our site.
Congratulations to all the companies who competed, and especially to the three finalists and the two winners.