Press Release 2018-05-04T16:03:39+00:00

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NEW: Momentum Slate of Companies Added to Program

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 3, 2018 – As part of its commitment to provide a platform for private, technology-based companies across sector and stage of development, the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) will spotlight 16 companies on June 6th from 1:00 – 7:30pm at Oath’s Serriff Auditorium in Dulles, Virginia. In celebration of the 20th edition of the TechBUZZ program to-date, presenting companies will include not only ten early market entrants – many presenting their business for the first time in front of the professional business community – but now six more advanced “T/B Momentum” companies who have exhibited proven customer traction. Companies selected to present on the TechBUZZ stage represent a diverse range of industry sectors for which the mid-Atlantic region is known, including data/analytics, cloud, healthIT, fintech, software/SaaS, and more.

“MAVA piloted its TechBUZZ program in 2010 as a response to the pull-back in capital deployment post-recession. Our Board saw the need to support the earliest of market-ready and backable innovative companies hitting the market, and at that time there was no regional platform these companies could to turn to for this type of support,” said Julia Spicer, Executive Director of MAVA. “Over the past 19 editions, TechBUZZ has served as a consistent and trusted platform for elevating technology-based solutions to business and consumer problems. With the help of our members, we have helped launch 368 companies into the market, who collectively have received more than $770M+ in disclosed post-presentation funding.”

Featured companies are selected because of their innovative technology, approach to a consumer or enterprise problem, or a new twist to a market maker’s approach. Each company will describe their respective business, vision, and product or service within a tightly-timed, four- to five- minute window. Those in attendance will also hear industry insights and guidance from active investors following the company presentations, as a means to help educate aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. Presenting companies were selected from a highly competitive pool of diverse companies by a review and selection committee of more than 20 MAVA member investors and business advisors. The TechBUZZ 20th Edition Review & Selection Committee was Co-Chaired by Matt Bressler, TDF Ventures; Tina Moran, Route 66 Ventures; and Sever Totia, 3TS Capital.

“By consistently presenting promising, fundable, and market-ready businesses, TechBUZZ provides a uniquely independent platform and is one of the most recognized of its kind in the country, attracting up-and-coming technology-based companies along with investors and collaborators who follow the companies that have earned one of the coveted spots on the program,” said Spicer. “In addition to hitting the radars of potential investors, selected companies benefit from increased visibility and industry interest, which helps to secure new customers, hire talent, and garner important market mind-share.”


Company Headquarters Industry Description
Proactive Life

New York, New York

HealthIT/HealthTech Proactive Life’s digital sleep assistant guarantees regenerative rest and optimum consciousness by accurately tracking the stages of sleep and providing real-time interventions using sound, light and temperature. Proactive Life is the first virtual health assistant that uses data to provide personalized and actionable intervention to change and improve preventative healthcare.

Arlington, Virginia

Security/Cyber Qmulos provides a new paradigm of Enterprise-Class software for cybersecurity integrated risk management (IRM) of cloud, enterprise, and hybrid environments – operationalizing cutting-edge audit and compliance practices, frameworks, and concepts.

Tysons, VA

FinTech RealAtom is the only marketplace for commercial real estate loans – matching borrowers who want to acquire, refinance, or construct a commercial building with appropriate traditional and alternative lenders nationwide.
Referral Rock

Alexandria, Virginia

Software / SaaS Referral Rock makes word of mouth marketing a scalable channel for growth. Using its cloud-based referral software, businesses can take their existing relationships and turn them into a predictable source of new customers. With built-in integrations, workflow automation, and reward fulfillment, Referral Rock puts referral marketing on autopilot instead of waiting for word of mouth to happen.

Arlington, Virginia

FinTech Rize helps millennials automatically save and invest for goals that matter. From an emergency fund, to a dream vacation, all the way to retirement, Rize customers can manage all their money for the future in one account that intelligently helps them reach their goals.

Ashburn, Virginia

Data / Analytics ROUTE helps athletes and parents make data-driven decisions throughout the college football recruiting process using data science, machine learning, and advanced analytics. The MYROUTE web and mobile app changes the landscape of college football recruiting by eliminating the guessing, allowing athletes to precisely target the best path to the best fit school(s) with predictive and visual analytics.
RunSafe Security

McLean, Virginia

Security / Cyber RunSafe Security is the pioneer of a patented cyberhardening transformation process designed to protect vulnerable embedded systems and devices. Its technology renders threats inert by eliminating attack vectors, significantly reducing vulnerabilities and denying malware the uniformity required to propagate.

Reston, Virginia

FinTech Starling provides predictive behavioral analytics for managing culture- and conduct-related risks and to improve business performance. Starling understands that behavior is a social construct. Behaviors are reflected in the daily interactions of employees and, importantly, behaviors are highly influenced by one’s peers.

Alexandria, Virginia

Software / SaaS UserMuse makes it easy for B2B tech companies to recruit individuals in their target niche for user testing and product feedback. Its online marketplace makes tens of thousands of professionals easily available to product and UX teams for studies.

Marriottsville, Maryland

Data / Analytics VoiceVibes’ proprietary algorithms measure features and patterns in voice to predict audience perception across 20 different categories and help coach employees to more effectively present their ideas and interact with customers.


Company Headquarters Industry Description

Arlington, Virginia

Software / SaaS ExecVision is a Conversation Intelligence Platform that analyzes conversations, providing the ability to identify what was said, the context of what was said, positive or negative reaction, and the phase of the conversation where it occurred. ExecVision then interprets and compares outcomes, giving you insights into what is and isn’t working, differentiating top performers from everyone else.
Giant Oak

Arlington, Virginia

SaaS/Software Giant Oak has built Giant Oak Search Technology (GOST®), a SaaS platform revolutionizing entity screening, investigations, and monitoring. Giant Oak transitioned technologies in behavioral science and Artificial Intelligence from DARPA labs to national security communities, and its patent-pending technology has enormous applications in regulatory compliance (RegTech) for financial institutions, law enforcement, and healthcare, among other markets.

Baltimore, Maryland

Education Created by the former Khan Academy Medicine team and Johns Hopkins medical students, Osmosis empowers clinicians and caregivers with the best learning experience possible. The Osmosis learning platform and video library has been used by more than 500,000 current and future clinicians to learn efficiently and excel on classes, board exams, and in the clinic.
Perrone Robotics

Crozet, Virginia

Robotics / Software Perrone Robotics is the creator of the MAX(tm) platform for mobile autonomy. Perrone Robotics has been in business since 2003 and creating autonomous mobile vehicles of all sizes – from personal/corporate assistants, to 5 different makes of automobiles, to the world’s largest mining truck from Liebherr. The Perrone Robotics platform makes it easy for you to reach your autonomy goals.
RackTop Systems

Fulton, Maryland

Data Security RackTop Systems is a leading provider of high-performance Software-Defined Storage embedded with advanced security, encryption and compliance that empowers both government and commercial organizations. Its flagship product is BrickStor, an all-in-one data storage and management platform that protects sensitive data from cyberattacks while meeting internal and regulatory compliance requirements. RackTop is headquartered in Fulton, Maryland, and was founded in 2010 by veterans of the U.S. intelligence community who have been solving the most complex data and security problems for more than two decades.

Bethesda, Maryland

HealthTech / HealthIT RightEye, a health technology company, is the world leader in the development and delivery of eye-tracking tests and therapies. RightEye’s revolutionary EyeQ tests and Vision Training Games are improving care and outcomes for a broad range of health, vision and performance conditions, including concussion, autism, Parkinson’s, reading issues, sports vision and everyday vision.

MAVA would like to thank Loudoun County Economic Development for sponsoring the Special 20th Edition of TechBUZZ.

About TechBUZZ and MAVA: Piloted in Baltimore in 2010, TechBUZZ is hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA), an independent, member-owned organization representing the full spectrum of private equity, corporate strategic, industry and venture capital investment interests across the Mid-Atlantic, nationally, and internationally. As a member-owned organization, MAVA brings together capital sources, entrepreneurs, C-Level executives, company builders, and world-class professional partners to encourage the thoughtful exchange of ideas; foster solid business relationships; and provide information on industry trends to help companies gain competitive advantage.

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