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Homeland Security Startup Studio 21 
Converge

A culmination of the inaugural Homeland Security Startup Studio 21 program featuring finalist pitches, our keynote speaker, and interactive networking sessions.

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET

About Homeland Security Startup Studio 21

The Startup Studio program pairs teams of entrepreneurs with scientists and technologists to commercialize lab technologies, and solve real-world problems.

 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate partnered with FedTech to run the Startup Studio program to help teams of entrepreneurs realize the commercial potential of these inventions. The technological areas represented range from Cybersecurity to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

The Homeland Security Startup Studio 21: Converge Event is an opportunity for these startup teams to pitch in front of a panel of experts, and for the rest of the community to come together to learn, network, and celebrate.

Host

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Agenda

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET

Opening

Welcome Remarks by FedTech

Remarks by Kathryn Coulter Mitchell

2-min Live intro from Team

6-min Pre-Recorded Team Pitches

5-min Q&A 

Audience Vote

Networking Sessions

Closing Remarks 

Keynote Speaker

Kathryn Coulter Mitchell
Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Science and Technology (S&T), Department of Homeland Security

Kathryn Coulter Mitchell was appointed the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Science and Technology (S&T) on May 5, 2021. As the science advisor to the Homeland Security Secretary, Ms. Coulter Mitchell heads the research, development, innovation and testing and evaluation activities in support of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) operational Components and first responders across the nation.

The Science and Technology Directorate is responsible for identifying operational gaps, conceptualizing art-of-the-possible solutions, and delivering operational results that improve the security and resilience of the nation.

Ms. Coulter Mitchell holds a Master of Arts in Communications from Johns Hopkins University, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a professional certification in Executive Coaching from the University of Cambridge, U.K.

Phase II Teams

Name

Charisma Cyber

Charisma Cyber 

Charisma Cyber's vulnerability prioritization tool uses machine learning to think like a world-class hacker penetrating your enterprise network. Its insights supercharge the efficiency of your IT team by telling you which vulnerabilities to resolve first. Using trusted open source data, the tool links vulnerabilities across multiple nodes to identify previously-unknown attack paths, allowing you to focus on running your business.

 

Sector

Cybersecurity

FedTech
Program

Homeland Security Startup Studio 21

Name

Dynasec

Dynasec

Cyber attacks are increasing by the day, in spite of existing technologies to protect IT infrastructure. Infrastructure is static and vulnerable to hackers, with repeated attempts to breach security. By randomly rotating user access requests between servers, Dynasec’s technology adopts the 'moving target defense' mechanism to make infrastructure access dynamic, thereby forcing hackers to repeat attempts to breach the security.

Sector

Cybersecurity

FedTech
Program

Homeland Security Startup Studio 21

Name

Axle Technologies

Axle

Axle is building an API that allows organizations to securely monitor and upgrade commercial, industrial, and military vehicles. The competitive advantage of Axle is that it is OEM agnostic, does not require extra hardware, and is a universal, secure API. Axle allows users to improve vehicle uptime, upgrade vehicle capabilities, and secure critical vehicle functions. It does this by letting users connect to almost any vehicle enabling access to aftermarket hardware.

Sector

Software, Automotive, Transportation

FedTech
Program

Homeland Security Startup Studio 21

Name

ESA

ESA

Electrum Smart Alerts (ESA) relies on technology developed by the Army Research Lab focused on night time facial recognition. This technology has been developed with hardware that allows our system to be deployed in a small all in one easy to use package that is deployable on any roadside. Our technology will give the authorities real time updates when a possible missing child or adult is identified. Allowing users to act instantly gives authorities the best chance for a positive outcome.

Sector

AI/ML Facial Recognition

FedTech
Program

Homeland Security Startup Studio 21

Name

Hawk NQR Detection Systems 

Hawk NQR Detection Systems 

Nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) is a radio frequency spectroscopic technique that can be used to detect solid-state compounds containing quadrupolar nuclei, a requirement fulfilled by most high explosives (and narcotics). NQR works by applying an external electrical field which is easy to generate thereby making our device considerably more portable than any magnetic technology equivalent.

Sector

Mobile & Stationary Forensic Materials Detection

FedTech
Program

Homeland Security Startup Studio 21