What could your company do with $2 million?

The DataTribe Challenge is a unique annual competition where startups have a chance at receiving up to $2 million in seed capital. The Challenge brings together the best entrepreneurs in the world looking to disrupt cybersecurity and data science. DataTribe selects three finalists that split $20,000 in prize money and one winner that could receive up to $2 million in seed capital.

Submission Requirements

Submissions Due: September 23rd, 2023
DT Challenge Pitch Event: November 2nd, 2023

About The Challenge

As we prepare for the 6th Annual DataTribe Challenge, we are looking forward to all the great companies that will submit to compete for one of the three finalist spots.  The finalists will be announced October 12th, 2023, and the final competition event will take place in Maryland on November 2nd, 2023.  We expect this year to continue the tradition of bringing together an amazing group of cyber startups, executives, investors and luminaries.

 For full competition details, check out the links to the FAQ and Terms & Conditions at the bottom of the page.

Why We Do the DataTribe Challenge

DataTribe wants to continue to build world-class companies. We have built a unique reputation as a partner with elite teams at the cutting edge of innovation, typically leveraging experience gained at national security agencies or government R&D labs. DataTribe’s mission is to advance the state-of-the-art in cybersecurity and data science.

How To Get Involved

Companies that are interested must submit a proposal that includes a deck and relevant  information. DataTribe will review submissions for technical merit, market potential, and readiness of the team.

Companies that are interested in competing must also be pre-Series A with maximum funding to date not exceeding more than $1.2M. You must have an Enterprise, Big Data or Cyber Security product, beta, MVP or concept to present.

Please visit terms and conditions for more information. 

Previous Winners

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Finalists split $20,000


Judges to pitch your ideas to


VIP audience members watching your pitch

Judges for the 2023 Challenge:

Bob Ackerman

Founder, AllegisCyber;
Co-Founder, DataTribe

William MacMillan

Chief Product Officer, Red Cell Partners;
Fmr. SVP Cybersecurity, Salesforce;

Jim Routh

Advisor & Brd. Member, Many Cyber Firms;
Fmr. CISO, MassMutual, Aetna & Amex

Kristen Edwards Marquardt

Head of Digital & Cyber NA, Hakluyt;
Frm. SVP & Chief Cyber Strategist, B of A

Navin Maharaj

Director of Koch Disruptive Technologies