What could your company do with $2 million?

The DataTribe Challenge is a unique annual competition that 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. The Challenge concludes in an invite-only pitch event where three finalists present to and network with cyber industry luminaries in-person. DataTribe will announce the winner at the end of this event.


Submissions Due:  October 1st, 2021 (rolling basis, starting Sept. 1)

Finalists Announced:   October 14th, 2021

In-Person Pitch Event:  November 3rd, 2021, 2:30-6pm

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 cybersecurity product, beta, MVP or concept to present. Please refer to the below attachments for more information.

2021 Challenge Event: In-Person

We will host the 2021 DataTribe Challenge event in our offices in Fulton, Maryland on November 3, 2021 from 2:30-6pm. We will require proof of vaccinations for attendees to participate in the event. The in-person event will allow for networking with industry luminaries.

The window for submissions will close on October 1st, and finalists will be announced October 14th. For more competition details, check out the links to the FAQ and Press Release at the bottom of the page.

Why We Do the DataTribe Challenge

The DataTribe team 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. Our mission at DataTribe is to advance the state-of-the-art in cybersecurity and data science.

Previous Winners

2020 Challenge Winner: SightGain

Christian Sorensen
Founder & CEO

The DataTribe Experience: Founders' Perspectives

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Finalists split $20,000


Judges to pitch your ideas to


Investors and industry leaders watching your pitch

Judges for the 2021 Challenge:

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

Arno Van Der Walt

CISO, Marriott International