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Data Privacy Startup Rectify Wins $50K Prize at Tech Fuel Pitch Competition
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Data Privacy Startup Rectify Wins $50K Prize at Tech Fuel Pitch Competition

Data protection and privacy company Rectify won the top prize of $50,000 Tuesday evening at TechFuel. The pitch competition is San Antonio's largest, equity-free, three-tiered $100,000 cash-prize pitch competition open to early-stage tech startups.   Launched by  Tech Bloc, a San Antonio technology industry advocacy nonprofit, the competition is designed to help emerging tech entrepreneurs launch innovative companies and is funded by Bexar County’s Innovation Fund. During the event, a panel of five judges with venture funding expertise questioned, then selected the $50,000 grand prize winner. The remaining prize money was awarded based on votes from the audience in reaction to the pitches. Rectify was one of five San Antonio-based finalists out of 57 startups that applied to the pitc...
Trinity Student Teams Win $5K in Stumberg Seed-Round Venture Competition
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Trinity Student Teams Win $5K in Stumberg Seed-Round Venture Competition

Five Trinity University student startup teams each received $5,000 checks Tuesday evening in a venture competition that will culminate in a $25,000 investment for one of the groups this fall. The winning teams ranged from a school to strengthen mariachi culture and community to a proposed technology to make motorcycle riding safer. Seven teams competed in the annual Louis H. Stumberg Venture Competition, which is in its fifth year. "Every year the teams are stronger," said Luis Martinez, who oversees the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the university. "We had teams who prepared and did their homework even before applying to the seed round of this competition." The winning student teams included: ProjecTech, a device motorcyclists and bicyclists can use to increase ...
It’s Data Privacy Day—Here Are Top Five Tips for Being #PrivacyAware
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It’s Data Privacy Day—Here Are Top Five Tips for Being #PrivacyAware

Melissa Unsell-Smith is co-founder and president of Rectify, a data protection and privacy startup currently participating in the Build Sec Foundry cybersecurity incubator program. For Data Privacy Day she writes today's guest post offering the top five tips for being #privacyaware.  Data Privacy Day is an internationally observed holiday created as an annual initiative focused on raising awareness around the importance of data privacy.  With enhanced dialogue around privacy, it is vitally important to become familiar with popular privacy methods and security tips. The tips offered below are not all-inclusive, and some of them are intended to expand awareness of our ever-connected world and the possible ramifications and liabilities. Privacy Tip #1: Update software across all dev...