DataTribe Announces Finalists for Fifth Annual Cybersecurity Startup Challenge

FULTON, Maryland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Data Tribea global cyber foundry that invests in and co-builds next-generation cybersecurity and data science companies, today announced the finalists for its fifth annual competition DataTribe Challenge. The competition is set to identify early-stage startups with a vision to disrupt cybersecurity and data science.

“This year’s submissions are incredibly impressive, showcasing some truly innovative ideas in cybersecurity and data science,” said John Funge, CEO of DataTribe. “The three finalists announced today stand out – and exemplify DataTribe’s mission to find on-the-horizon technologies and phenomenal teams.”

The finalists will present a pitch and answer questions from the judges during a live event on November 3, 2022. The three finalists will share $20,000 in prize money, and one winner will be eligible to receive up to $2 million in capital DataTribe bootstrap.


  • Balance theory: Based in Maryland, BalanceTheory builds the knowledge infrastructure and collaboration center for the cybersecurity community.
  • North Star: Based in Florida, NorthStar is a next-generation vulnerability management platform that enables enterprises to remediate the highest priority threat exposures by integrating the business context to have the greatest impact on organizational security.
  • web3fied: Based in New Jersey, Web3fied is building the future of decentralized digital identity and credential management. Their solution easily integrates with companies’ existing websites and mobile apps to offload the management of customer identity and sensitive data. Built on a Web3 architecture, the solution allows end users to retain their own identity and trusted data with increased security and privacy.

“We are thrilled to announce the finalists for the DataTribe Challenge 2022,” said Mike Janke, co-founder of DataTribe. “This is our fifth year running this competition, and despite the current economic headwinds, meaningful innovation in cybersecurity and data science continues to thrive. It is increasingly difficult for our team to select three finalists from such a phenomenal pool of applicants. Those selected represent leaps in innovation – companies that have the potential to define new categories and reshape the cybersecurity landscape. We thank everyone who took time to apply for the challenge and we look forward to working closely with the eventual winner of the DataTribe Challenge, providing the capital, resources and expertise to rapidly scale their business.

The 2022 DataTribe Challenge judges are:

  • Bob Ackerman, Founder, AllegisCyber; Co-Founder, DataTribe

  • Roland Cloutier, Global CSO, Tik Tok; SVP CSO, ADP

  • Gabe Green, CISO of Koch Industries

  • Diana Kelley, CSO and co-founder, Cybrize; Former CTO of Cybersecurity, Microsoft

  • Pat Moynahan, Director, Airbnb Information Security; Former Head of IT Security, Risk and Compliance, Facebook

About Data Tribe

DataTribe is a startup foundry that invests in and co-builds world-class startups focused on generational leaps in cybersecurity and data science. Founded by leading investors, startup veterans, and alumni of the U.S. intelligence community, DataTribe commits capital, in-kind services, access to an unparalleled network, and decades of professional expertise to give their companies an unfair advantage. DataTribe is headquartered in the Washington-Baltimore metro area of ​​Fulton, Maryland. For more information, visit

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