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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 $1,000,000 competitive grant process for cybersecurity nonprofits multiple times a year. Each grant competition has a unique cybersecurity 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 next grant topic will support nonprofits that demonstrably raise public awareness about cybersecurity, which is the main focus of Data Care. The Foundation will distribute $1,000,000 in grants across seven winners - $250k for 1st, $200k for 2nd, $150k for 3rd and four $100k grants for four runner ups. The award ceremony for the next grant will be on May 20th at the 2021 RSA Conference. The grant application form opens March 22nd, 2021 and ends April 9th, 2021.


January 2021 Grant Program - Empowering African Americans

The January 2021 grant program focused on nonprofits which increase African American engagement with cybersecurity. The three winners were Black Cybersecurity Association (1st place, $500k grant), NPower Inc. (2nd Place, $300k Grant) and Girlsecurity (3rd Place, $200k Grant). A recording and transcript of the March 9th 2021 awards ceremony is available here.

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Dmitri Alperovitch

Executive Chairman at Silverado Policy Accelerator; Co-Founder & Former CTO at CrowdStrike
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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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Britta Glade

Senior Director, Content & Curation, RSA Conference

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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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Amélie Koran

Cybersecurity Expert, conference speaker and former CTO and CIO
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Andrew Lustig

Corporate Partner and executive at Cooley LLP, Co-founder of MissionLink, & counsel to dozens of leading cyber companies
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Jeff Man

Information Security Evangelist at Online Business Systems

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Heather McMahon

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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Debora Plunkett

Board Chair, Defending Digital Campaigns and former Director of Information Assurance, NSA
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Tom Quinn

CISO T. Rowe Price

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Tony Sager

Senior VP & Chief Evangelist, Center for Internet Security
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Douglas Simon M.D.

Managing Director Private Client Group at Alex Brown/Raymond James
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Michael Tanji

Global Marketing Officer and Chief of Staff at Global Cyber Alliance
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Kiersten E. Todt

Managing Partner, Liberty Group Ventures and Managing Director, The Cyber Readiness Institute

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JC Vega

Executive Security Advisor, Co-founder Army Cyber Institute, US Army Colonel retired
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Julian Waits

Cybersecurity Executive, Devo General Manager and Chairman ICMCP
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Steven Witt

CEO, Anno.AI & Co-founder Culper Connect
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Alberto Yépez

Co-founder and Managing Director, Forgepoint Capital

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Sounil Yu

Creator of the Cyber Defense Matrix and Former Chief Security Scientist at Bank of America