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Venture funding in focus at CyberMaryland 2015

The CyberMaryland Conference scheduled for Oct. 28-29  at the Baltimore Convention Center will host two sessions focused on securing venture funding for startup and late stage cyber security companies.  The sessions will provide an opportunity for startups to connect directly with experienced cyber investors and will include two activities – the Cyber Shark Tank and the Cyber Investor Connection

During the Cyber Shark Tank up to 10 qualified early- stage companies will pitch before cyber investor “sharks” for cash prizes. Selected companies will present and receive feedback for 10-15 minutes from investors during a two-hour session Oct. 29. To participate, companies must be in the seed or early stage, have an innovative cyber technology and a scalable business model. Judges will consist of venture capital and angel investors, bankers and serial entrepreneurs.

The Cyber Investor Connection, also scheduled for Oct. 29, will match growth-stage cyber companies with investors for one-on-one meetings. Participating investors will be interested in learning about innovative information security technologies and willing to provide, to select companies, opportunities to pitch before investment teams.

“We are excited to be able to connect venture capital and angel funding sources with leading cyber companies in the country at CyberMaryland,” said Rick Kohr, CEO of Evergreen Advisors and CyberMaryland’s Capital Markets, Venture Capital and Emerging Technology Advisory Committee lead.  “Access to capital is a critical ingredient to building great companies – this venue provides access to some of the leading sources of growth capital in the nation.”

To apply for both events, early and growth cyber startup companies should go to and complete the applications on or before Sept. 15. Selected participants will be notified the first week of October. To register for the CyberMaryland Conference go to