January 2021 Grant Finalists


The Gula Tech Foundation is thrilled to announce the finalists for our January 2021 Grant Competition. The competition will award a total of $1,000,000 to three nonprofits who increase African American engagement  in cybersecurity. The top three winners will be announced at our March 9th, 2021 Awards Ceremony. Our finalists are:

America on Tech: America On Tech (AOT) is an award-winning, early pipeline technology talent accelerator on a mission to prepare the next generation of leaders by creating pathways into degrees and careers in technology.

Aspen Institute: Aspen Digital brings substantive expertise in and a deep commitment to the issues of anti-racism, with years of experience in developing and executing programming on institutional practices and public service.

Black Cybersecurity Association: BCA creates a multigenerational pipeline of qualified professionals to enter the workplace and has more than 2,000 cybersecurity mentors enabling a variety of programs.

Cyber Readiness Institute: The Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) programs can help small to medium-sized businesses protect data, employees, vendors, and customers and become more secure against today’s most common cyber vulnerabilities.

CyberUp: CyberUp runs cybersecurity apprentice programs and capture the flag style games to give kids and students the confidence and experience to do cybersecurity jobs.

Girl Security: Girl Security provides multi-disciplinary, equity-informed programming through its “SEA Model,” where girls and young women are Secured, Empowered, and Advanced.

Innovation Tech Academy: Innovation Tech Academy's mission is to engage students in a curriculum that promotes appropriate and proper technology use along with digital citizenship in an environment that fosters creativity and effective communication skills.

International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals: ICMCP endeavors to rectify the gaps within cybersecurity by creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, targeting the underrepresented, unemployed, career changers, students, and existing professionals wishing to transition into cybersecurity.

Mission Fulfilled 2030: MF2030’s vision is to inspire, educate, and activate 100,000 African American youth. The organization launched a K-12 Young Tech Entrepreneurs Program which engages young black kids with a variety of programs featuring video games, social media and cybersecurity.

NPower Inc: NPower’s advanced Cybersecurity program is currently offered two times per year starting March or July for 100 students. The program is 14 weeks of full-time virtual classroom training followed by 12 weeks of on-the-job training and professional development through a paid internship in the cybersecurity departments of NPower’s corporate partners.

University of Maryland Global Campus Foundation: As an NSA/DHS Center for Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Education, UMGC has participated in several capacity-building grant opportunities that support enhancing the cybersecurity expertise of African American and other underrepresented populations.

Three of these finalists will be chosen to receive a $500k, $300k or $200k grant. Join us at our
March 9th, 2021 Awards Ceremony to hear from the winners!