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McCarter & English
McCarter & English, LLP is a firm of approximately 400 lawyers with offices in Boston, Hartford, Stamford, New York, Newark, East Brunswick, Philadelphia, Wilmington and Washington, DC. In continuous business for more than 170 years, we are among the oldest and largest law firms in America.

Vet-Tech is America's Veteran Startup Accelerator headquartered in Silicon Valley. With over 100 veteran led startups in its community, Vet-Tech's top 20 portfolio companies have raised over $10 Million in funding and have been accepted into world class programs like Tech Stars and Founder Institute.



The CONNECTPreneur Fellowship is awarded to the most extraordinary applicant from the  CONNECTPreneur Community, giving them the opportunity to enroll in the Washington DC Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.

The Washington DC Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: CONNECTPreneur, a quarterly forum of 350+ top IT entrepreneurs and investors in greater Washington DC region. Through the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship, everyone from the CONNECTPreneur community is invited to apply to the Washington DC Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($1,650 value).

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship for the Washington DC Winter 2018 Semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by April 3, 2016, using this link.

Grant: The recipient of the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.

Click here to apply for the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship.

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What's next for a man who has helped solve some of the most complex IT and security issues on the planet? Over the course of a decade, Branden Spikes served as the chief IT guy and architect of all of Elon Musk's companies, from Zip2 (which became PayPal) all the way through SpaceX.

But it wasn't until his time at SpaceX that Branden envisioned the start of his own company.

When I was at SpaceX I found that the typical way that hackers would tap into our network, was by getting employees to click malicious links. Then, Elon said he wanted to send astronauts into space and I immediately set about trying to solve our security issues to keep those astronauts safe.

During his time at Paypal, Spikes was put in charge of cyber security. He realized that personal attacks and malicious links were a common occurence that employees were running into. With vulnerability of intellectual property and the dangers of malicious software for a majority of companies in this day and age, Branden Spikes set out to find a solution. When asked why he created Spikes Security, he answers the question by saying:

Moral imperative. If I wouldn’t have started this company, it would be like watching a problem that plagues 50% of humanity, knowing you have the solution, but doing nothing about it. I know that my solution works, so it’s my job to fix this problem in the world.

Realizing he needed to know how to take his knowledge of browser security, and translate that into a company that could sustain itself and scale, Branden joined the Silicon Valley Founder Institute. After going through the program in 2012, he came out with a company worthy of raising $2.4M a year later.

It's like getting a industry-specific MBA custom tailored to your business in four months, which, it turns out, is pretty helpful to a guy without a college degree. They don't bother with theory, only real substance and hard facts behind actual steps to success.

Since then, Spikes Security has developed one of the most secure web browsing experiences possible. Spikes Security is cyber security company with innovative, patented isolation technology to prevent browser-borne malware attacks.

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By using cloud computing technology to run a web browser on a secure remote computer, personal computers never have to access websites or downloads directly. This solution currently serves larger enterprises who need their network secure and free of malware.

Spikes plans to continue expanding and eventually serve their disruptive technology to an even wider consumer audience, considering it makes web browsing faster and worry free.

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