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Dcode Accelerate’s 15th cohort welcomes 5 cybersecurity companies

This cohort will convene virtually for the 10-week program that aims to connect private sector tech companies with federal opportunities.

Dcode Accelerate's 15th cohort at its first virtual meeting. (Courtesy photo)

Five technology companies have been selected to participate in Foggy Bottom-based Dcode’s next cybersecurity accelerator class.

Five-year-old Dcode is a govtech accelerator with the goal of connecting private sector tech companies with federal opportunities. The organization just wrapped up programming for its 14th accelerator cohort last month, which included 12 AI and big data companies. The 15th cohort of Dcode Accelerate will convene virtually for a 10-week program beginning this month and ending in July.

During this round focused on cybersecurity, participating companies will meet government and industry leaders and work on developing their federal strategies. The Dcode team and its network of mentors will provide hands-on support, tools and materials to the cohort to help them scale their ventures.

“There’s never a shortage of cybersecurity needs in the government, and we’re setting up for success the tech that can meet those needs,” said Dcode’s tech managing director, Nate Ashton, in a statement. “Standard tech scouting and due diligence are not enough when it comes to the public sector. With our focus on federal, Dcode evaluates solutions that can meet national security requirements and support government missions successfully in the long term.”

The accelerator team is using an e-learning platform for the first time to help deliver the curriculum live and continuing to use breakout rooms via video conferencing to facilitate one-on-one meetings with government leaders, Clare Bennett, marketing rep at Dcode, told The accelerator usually meets in person for its first few gatherings, but this program will be completely online due to COVID-19.

The organization also mailed the usual welcome goodie bags to its participants’ homes to make sure they have some fun Dcode-branded gear.

Out of hundreds of applicants, here’s a look at the companies accepted into Dcode Accelerate’s new class, with descriptions provided by Dcode:

  • HYAS​, based in Canada, provides tech solutions to enterprises to enable them to detect and mitigate cyber risks before attacks happen and identify the adversaries behind them.
  • Privitar is the ​creator of a data privacy management platform. The London-based company enables enterprises to to de-identify data, minimize risk, and achieve regulatory compliance.
  • Remediant​, based in San Francisco, is a cybersecurity startup focused on the next-generation Privileged Access Management (PAM) solution.The company’s flagship product SecureONE continuously monitors for changes and allocates privileged access without installing software agents.
  • SecurityScorecard​ is the creator of a patented rating technology for enterprise and third-party risk management, board reporting, and cyber insurance underwriting. The New York-based company reports that its tech is being used by more than 1,000 organization already.
  • Sepio​ works in the Rogue Device Mitigation (RDM) market with the development of its SaaS and on-premise solution, Sepio Prime, which helps protect organizations from hardware-based attacks and threats.

Based in Rockville, Maryland, Sepio is the only local company selected to participate in the cohort. In March, the company secured an additional $4 million in funding from Munich Re Ventures and Hanaco Ventures, adding to its Series A totaling $10.5 million.


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