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Ron and Cyndi Gula created the Gula Tech Foundation to amplify the impact of cybersecurity nonprofit organizations.

The Gula Tech Foundation operates a competitive grant process for cybersecurity nonprofits multiple times a year. Each grant competition will have a unique focus. Grant winners receive a financial donation and will have the opportunity to participate in an all-expenses-paid marketing program to elevate public awareness of their organization.

The competitive grant process involves submitting information about your cybersecurity nonprofit, your plan to support the focus area of the grant program, a voting phase conducted by our grant advisory board, and a public announcement and implementation phase. For grant recipients, the public announcement and implementation phase includes presenting your nonprofit at a Gula Tech Foundation award ceremony, being featured on the Gula Tech Cyber Fiction show, and general exposure to the Gula Tech Adventures network of investors, startups, and entrepreneurs, as well as executing on the grant itself.

The January 2021 Grant will focus on increasing African American participation in cybersecurity.

Cyndi and Ron would like to support nonprofit programs or new ideas that focus on education, training, scholarships, mentorship, and professional development of African Americans in cybersecurity to apply for a grant. We'd also like to encourage any academic studies of economic or public policy issues that produce data and analysis about why there is a dearth of African Americans entering cybersecurity training programs and seeking or obtaining senior leadership positions in the cybersecurity industry.

The Gula Tech Foundation grant advisory board will select the top three cybersecurity nonprofits that will be the most impactful to increasing the participation and success of African Americans in cybersecurity. The top three selected cybersecurity nonprofits will be awarded year-long grants as follows:

First Place - $500,000
Second Place - $300,000
Third Place - $200,000

Ron and Cyndi wish the best of luck to all of the cybersecurity nonprofits seeking a January 2021 grant. We are looking forward to learning more about your organization and working with our grant advisory board to select and promote cybersecurity organizations and programs that make the biggest impact to increasing the participation and success of African Americans in cybersecurity.

(Goes live January 4th, 2021)

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To help you prepare to apply for the January 2021 grant process, below are the questions and information asked on the actual application form. Long form questions are maximum 1500 words.

ONE - Basic Contact and Nonprofit Information including website and IRS EIN number to verify 501(c)3 status.

TWO - There are many contributing factors which limit African American cybersecurity participation. Which specific problem does your nonprofit attempt to rectify or understand?

THREE - How does your organization or proposed program specifically provide solutions, awareness, research, training, financial assistance, or technology to increase African American participation or success in the cybersecurity industry?

FOUR - What sort of success or impact has your nonprofit had to date to increase or understand African American participation or success in the cybersecurity industry?

FIVE - If awarded a grant, what will your nonprofit specifically use the funds towards?

SIX -What is your nonprofit's vision of success in this area and how will you concretely measure your progress against this goal?


January 4th - The Gula Tech Foundation January 2021 Grant Request form will be available and open for applications.

January 28th - Last day of grant application submissions and start of our selection and vetting process.

February 26th - All January 2021 grant winners and participants will have been contacted with grant results.

March 8th - Monetary grants distributed to nonprofits.

March 9th - Grant recipients publicly announced at the Gula Tech Foundation awards ceremony.

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Bryson Bort

CEO, Scythe and ICS Village Co-Founder
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Tony Cole

CTO Attivo Networks and former NASA Advisory Council, former (ISC)² Board of Directors
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Renaud Deraison

Co-Founder and CTO, Tenable

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Patrick Duggan

COO New Context, former Director Cybersecurity National Security Council, and Retired Green Beret
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Guy Filippelli

Managing Partner, Squadra Ventures
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Katie Gray

Partner, Investment Team at In-Q-Tel
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Karen Gibson

Retired U.S. Army General, former Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Cyber Command

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Aaron Hughes

GVP and CISO Albertsons Companies and Former DASD Cyber Policy
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Jack Huffard

Co-founder & Former COO, Tenable and member of the President’s NSTAC
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Jacob Hsu

CEO, Catalyte; former CEO for Symbio, Thunderchief, and Trilogica.
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Jamil Jaffer

Founder, National Security Institute and Senior VP IronNet Cybersecurity
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Meg King

Science and Technology Innovation Program Director at the Wilson Center
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Cybersecurity Expert, conference speaker and former CTO and CIOike
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Corporate Partner and executive at Cooley LLP, Co-founder of MissionLink, & counsel to dozens of leading cyber companies
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National Security Expert and Army Veteran

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Philip Niedermair

Managing Director of Strategic Alliances at Whiteford Taylor Preston
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Board Chair, Defending Digital Campaigns and former Director of Information Assurance, NSA
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CISO T. Rowe Price
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Senior VP & Chief Evangelist, Center for Internet Security

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Managing Director Private Client Group at Alex Brown/Raymond James
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Global Marketing Officer and Chief of Staff at Global Cyber Alliance
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Managing Partner, Liberty Group Ventures and Managing Director, The Cyber Readiness Institute
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Executive Security Advisor, Co-founder Army Cyber Institute, US Army Colonel retired

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Cybersecurity Executive, Devo General Manager and Chairman ICMCP
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CEO, Anno.AI & Co-founder Culper Connect
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Co-founder and Managing Director, Forgepoint Capital
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Creator of the Cyber Defense Matrix and Former Chief Security Scientist at Bank of America