WOW (Women of the World) is a global movement of festivals that celebrates women as a force for positive change. It offers a powerful forum for discussion and action on issues important to women. WOW was launched in 2011 in London, and since then WOW festivals have engaged and inspired over one million women across five continents and cities.
The WOW Baltimore Partnership is bringing Women of the World to Baltimore, and I’m proud to be part of this great event. I’ll be participating on a very fun and engaging panel with other women entrepreneurs to share our experiences starting and running a business. We’ll be sharing our stories, giving advice to other women entrepreneurs, and more importantly inspiring other women to “just do it!”
WOW Baltimore will be held on October 7-8, 2016 on the campus of Notre Dame of Maryland University. I hope you’ll join us for this 2 day inspirational event! To register, click here.
Risky Business: Women Entrepreneurs
Friday, October 7
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Starting a business can be scary. No one wants to fail. We will hear how these women business owners took a leap and found their true direction — on their own terms.
Deborah Tillett – President and Executive Director, Emerging Technology Centers
Zuly Gonzalez – CEO and Co-Founder, Light Point Security
Rosalind Holsey – Owner and Lead Designer, Studio 7 The Salon LLC
Michele Tsucalas – Owner and Founder, Michele’s Granola
Donna Stevenson – President and CEO, Early Morning Software, Inc.
I am pleased to share that TEDCO has asked me to speak at their annual Entrepreneur Expo on the topic of cybersecurity technology and trends along with CyberPoint CEO Karl Gumtow. TEDCO’s 2015 Entrepreneur Expo will take place Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at the BWI Marriott (1743 W Nursery Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090). TEDCO has put together a great program and line up of speakers, and I hope you will join us for what is sure to be an educational and inspirational day of community building.
My Session Information
Track: Tech Trends
Session Title: Seeing All in Cyber-Security
Time: 1:35 – 2:05
Description: The format will be the smaller company “interviewing” the larger company on cybersecurity technology and trends. We’ll be discussing topics like what is the hottest thing in the market, how do large companies see the market, where do they and other large corporations find technologies, what are they looking for, where do they look and more.
Introduction of speakers – 1-2 min
Interview – 15 min
Q&A from the audience – 10 min
Have any cybersecurity technology questions or topics you’d like us to discuss? Tweet us at @LightPointSec using the hashtag #E2E15 with your topics.
To register for the 2015 Entrepreneur Expo click here.
Our CEO, Zuly Gonzalez, will be speaking at the CyberMaryland 2015 Conference later this week. She will join other cybersecurity founders on a panel discussion about their experiences with the Northrop Grumman and bwtech@UMBC CYNC Program as part of the conference’s Cyber Innovation Track. If you will be attending the CyberMaryland Conference, stop by Room 303 on Thursday, October 29 from 9:45am – 10:30am to hear about industry partnerships and the benefits they provide to growing cybersecurity companies.
If you plan to attend the conference, but haven’t registered yet, use our discount code SpeakerGuest to receive a 25% discount off of your registration.
Model of a Successful Industry Partnership – Northrop Grumman at bwtech@UMBC Cyber Incubator: CYNC Program
The Northrop Grumman Cync Program is a unique partnership between Northrop Grumman and the bwtech@UMBC Cyber Incubator, with an eye towards commercializing technology to protect the nation from a growing range of cyber threats. The Northrop Grumman Cync Program builds on bwtech@UMBC’s successful business-incubation framework by offering a scholarship program for companies with the most promising cybersecurity solutions. Selected participants are able to draw on UMBC’s extensive research resources, bwtech’s programming and entrepreneurial services, and Northrop Grumman’s technical and business advisory support to further the development and market readiness of CYNC company technologies. Hear from four innovative product companies currently in CYNC and members of the CYNC Executive Committee.
Ellen Hemmerly, Executive Director and President, UMBC Research Park Corporation and Special Assistant to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at UMBC
Mike Gormley, Vice President for Government Services, Ayasdi
Christopher Valentino, Director, Contract Research and Development Cyber Solutions Division, Northrop Grumman Information Systems
Tim Gooch, CEO and Executive Director, iWebGate
Gregg Smith, CEO, OptioLabs
Zuly Gonzalez, Co-founder and CEO, Light Point Security
Dr. Jennifer Reynolds, Director of Venture Creation, bwtech@UMBC
We’re excited to be presenting at the Columbia TechBreakfast tomorrow morning. TechBreakfast is a national organization with over 4,700 members in just the DC, Maryland, Virginia area, and over 7,000 members nationwide, with events in Silicon Valley, New York City, Austin, Philadelphia, and Boston, among others. TechBreakfast is a monthly demo-style event where entrepreneurs, techies, developers, designers, business people, and interested people see showcases on cool new technology in a demo format and interact with each other. The presenters have 7 minutes to demo and showcase their technology, followed by 3 minutes of Q&A from the audience.
We’re thrilled to have been selected to present at the TechBreakfast event in Columbia, MD tomorrow July 9 from 8:00am to 9:30am at the Loyola Columbia campus (8890 McGaw Rd #130, Columbia, MD). We demoed Light Point Security’s flagship product, Light Point Web, at last year’s Columbia TechBreakfast and had a lot of fun. We’re looking forward to giving the audience an update since last year and demonstrating Light Point Web’s new capabilities.
We hope you’ll join us. You can register to attend the free event here. Won’t be able to make it? Don’t despair. We’ll also be presenting at the Baltimore and Annapolis TechBreakfasts this fall.
We are very excited to announce that Light Point Security has advanced to the final 3 cybersecurity companies in the InvestMaryland Challenge! The InvestMaryland Challenge is a national business competition that will award $100,000 to the winner.
A total of 260 companies applied across four categories: Information Technology, Cybersecurity, Life Sciences and General. The most innovative company from each of the four categories will be selected to win the $100,000 grand prize.
The winner will be announced on May 19 during the InvestMaryland Challenge Awards Ceremony at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. The awards ceremony will feature Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and DBED Secretary Dominick Murray. A reception, remarks from public officials and the presentation of awards will be followed by an opportunity to explore the aquarium.
We hope you will join us at the awards ceremony as we celebrate Light Point Security’s success as one of the nation’s top cybersecurity companies!
We’re looking forward to the CyberMaryland 2013 Conference being held Oct 8 – 9 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. CyberMaryland is a unique conference spanning two days during Cybersecurity Awareness Month that will address the biggest challenges facing America, including future innovation to meet the security challenges facing our country; collaboration across industry, government and educational institutions; and the development of a generation of cyber-warriors.
Not only will it be an opportunity for us to catch up with old friends, but our CEO, Beau Adkins, will be moderating an excellent panel on cybersecurity innovation and future trends. The idea for the panel stemmed from the fact that we wanted to get some of the best minds in security together to have a candid discussion on the current issues facing the industry and how they see innovation and trends evolving over time to combat the threat.
What’s Here, What’s Coming and What to Do About It
Listen in on a lively discussion of today’s and tomorrow’s trends in cyber security led by a panel of the area’s top minds in the field. The panel will include CISOs, founders of cyber security contracting companies and creators of next generation cyber security products from the healthcare, finance, government and commercial sectors. Learn what these individuals see every day and what they do to protect against them. Find out what they expect to encounter in the months and years ahead, and what they are doing to prepare.
Each panelist will take a deep dive into today’s threat landscape for their industry and share the tactics they employ to protect against them. They will discuss the current trends and innovations occurring within the industry and share their predictions of what’s to come in the next few years.
- Moderator – Beau Adkins, Co-founder and CEO at Light Point Security
- Panelist #1 – Jason Taule, Chief Security and Privacy Officer at FEi Systems
- Panelist #2 – John Harmon, Partner at Tactical Network Solutions
- Panelist #3 – Jeff Huegel, Executive Director, Cloud, Hosting and Applications Security at ATT
- Panelist #4 – Dana Pickett, CISO and CPO at Allegis Group
- Introduction: What is cybersecurity? (3 – 5 minutes)
- Panelist introductions (5 minutes)
- Panelist discussion
- Questions from audience (10 – 15 minutes)
- Closing remarks (5 – 10 minutes)
Wednesday October 9, 2013 11:15am – 12:00pm
Do you have a specific question or particular topic you would like to hear the panelists discuss? Submit your questions and topic suggestions to us via Twitter or email. Looking forward to our panel? Let us know on Twitter using hashtag #CyberMD2013.
Register for the conference here. If you are a full-time college student you can attend the conference for free if you register by Oct 1 and use discount code UMstudent.
I was invited to speak last week at Technically Baltimore’s event on Growing Maryland’s Cybersecurity Industry. They invited a series of speakers to give 4 – 5 minute lightning talks on a variety of topics that explore the growing cybersecurity industry in Maryland. The goal was to discuss how we can grow Maryland’s cybersecurity industry to create more jobs.
The event took place at CyberPoint’s beautiful Inner Harbor location in Baltimore. It was very well organized, and I very much enjoyed attending and speaking.
In my presentation I shared the story behind Light Point Security, and talked about what it’s like to build a cybersecurity startup in Maryland. I mentioned the good resources Maryland has to offer for cybersecurity companies, and also shared my thoughts on what Maryland is lacking to truly become the cybersecurity leader in the country.
As I said in my talk, the one area where I think Maryland is lacking is in funding opportunities for very early stage companies. We definitely have the intellectual resources in this region to compete with the likes of Silicon Valley, but we need to make more financial resources available to very early stage companies if we really want to be competitive with the West coast. I feel this is the last ingredient needed to make Maryland the unrivaled leader in cybersecurity.
Here’s a video of my 5 minute talk:
Also, take a look at this nice write up by Technically Baltimore on my presentation.
We had the great opportunity of participating at the Day of Fosterly event on May 4. The Day of Fosterly conference is a full day of collaborative entrepreneurship for anyone interested in starting, growing, or exiting a business. The day was jam packed with panels, workshops, speakers and lots and lots of networking.
Light Point Security was selected to participate in two of the day’s best events: Springboard Enterprises’ Dolphin Tank and the Startup Showcase.
Springboard Enterprises’ Dolphin Tank
Springboard Enterprises’ Dolphin Tank was the first event of the day. Unlike ABC’s Shark Tank, in the Dolphin Tank entrepreneurs share their ideas without the fear that the audience will tear them to shreds. Immediately after concluding a two minute elevator pitch in front of an expert panel and a live audience, the entrepreneurs will receive feedback to help improve their pitch. It is an interactive, fast-pitch session with no slides – just the entrepreneur speaking.
Light Point Security was one of just six companies pre-selected by a group of judges to pitch in the Dolphin Tank. I (Zuly) gave the two minute company pitch and received some great feedback from the panelists. I even received some offers to connect us with potential partners.
Wrapping up the day’s activities was the Startup Showcase and Reception. It was a one and a half hour session designed to showcase the region’s hottest startups. The companies invited to participate in the Startup Showcase were pre-selected by the Fosterly team, and given a table to demo their products and showcase what make makes them so special.
Light Point Security was one of the hot startups invited to participate in the Startup Showcase. We gave lots of demos, and spoke to a wide range of folks spanning from cyber security executives to investors to other entrepreneurs. We received lots of positive feedback during our demos.
We were really impressed with the overall quality of the day. The Fosterly team managed to attract high quality speakers and attendees, which made networking at the event extremely valuable. And they did a great job organizing interesting and valuable sessions for entrepreneurs. It was a great way to connect with the local startup community, and build new relationships.
The Light Point Security team got a lot out of attending the Day of Fosterly. I hope they do it again next year, and I would encourage all local entrepreneurs to attend.
We are pleased to announce that Light Point Security was selected by the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) to present at their Entrepreneur Spotlight event on May 2, 2013 at Ernst & Young in McLean, VA.
Entrepreneur Spotlight provides early stage startups an opportunity to present their concept in front of an audience of accredited investors. The Entrepreneur Spotlight program allows investors to hear from exciting and innovative startups, and focuses on companies that are truly in the startup phase and may only be looking for small amounts of funding.
Light Point Security was one of only 5 startups selected for this great opportunity. During the event, we were given 5 minutes to present our business, followed by a 10 minute Q&A session from a panel of investors.
We are pleased to announce that the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) selected Light Point Security out of more than 125 companies to present at their TechBUZZ Spring 2013 event.
TechBUZZ is the area’s premier event where MAVA shines the spotlight on the Mid-Atlantic’s hottest up-and-coming early stage technology companies. It brings together entrepreneurs and active investors to connect with one another and celebrate the strength of the tech scene in our region. TechBUZZ was launched by MAVA as a half-day seed stage conference preceding its annual Capital Connection, which features growth and later stage companies.
TechBUZZ Spring 2013 will be held on April 23 at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club in Bethesda, Maryland. Fifteen other hot, early stage companies will join us on the TechBUZZ stage. The event will also feature stories from local Rock Stars, John Bracken of Speek and Justin Langseth of Zoomdata, as they share what they’ve learned since making their market debut at TechBUZZ in May 2012.
Please join us at this exciting event as we share our story, and engage with the local startup community. As a bonus, use discount code TBDISCLIGHTPT for $10 off any registration level! Click here to register.
You can read the full press release here.
Hope to see you there!