Challenge seeks best in class technology to combat global political and corporate corruption and promote good governance

London October 11, 2017 (Business Wire) – C5, the investment specialist firm focused on cloud computing, cyber security and big data analytics, announces today that it has launched its first annual Shield in the Cloud competition to attract the best and brightest minds working in anti-corruption technology. The challenge is in conjunction with Amazon Web Services (AWS), PeaceTech Lab, and SAP NS2.

The challenge is aligned with Goal 16 of the United Nations’ global sustainable goal to promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies. This Goal seeks to hold institutions and governments accountable and transparent. It also aims to eliminate bribery and other forms of political and corporate corruption. Shield in the Cloud will select the most innovative startups, corporations and governments working in cloud-based technology for anti-corruption compliance worldwide. It will be judged by Patrick Garver, formerly Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Barrick; Andy Powell, Head of Product Management, Eduserv; Moira Andrews, Director, Praetor Consultants; and Andre Pienaar, Founder C5. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner to be held in Washington D.C. on 27th February 2018.

The winners will be given AWS cloud credits and granted a place at the Peacetech Accelerator in Washington D.C., where they will further develop their products under the guidance of C5, AWS, SAP NS2 and PeaceTech Lab mentors. As part of the eight-week accelerator program, they will be supported by a highly experienced group of prominent international technology entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors and peace innovators. Best-in-class technical training is delivered by AWS solutions architects.

Andre Pienaar, Founder, C5, said, “Cloud technology is accelerating innovation in fintech and government. This opens up new opportunities to combat corruption and strengthen good governance worldwide. C5 are excited to be running this anti-corruption innovation challenge which aims to publicly reward and build awareness of these inspiring organisations who are taking big steps towards building sustainable peace.” Sheldon Himelfarb, President and CEO, PeaceTech Lab said, “Our Peacetech Accelerator nurtures companies that are looking to empower civilians living in conflict zones and we’re proud to be launching this new and complementary challenge to help grow companies that want to make a difference in the ways companies and governments can combat corruption and enforce good governance across the board.” Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services, said, “Technology is rapidly advancing and, more than ever, has the power to transform communities and play a role in social change. Through this competition, we hope to find new tech champions working for social good across the globe.”

Sheldon Himelfarb, President and CEO, PeaceTech Lab said, “Our Peacetech Accelerator nurtures companies that are looking to empower civilians living in conflict zones and we’re proud to be launching this new and complementary challenge to help grow companies that want to make a difference in the ways companies and governments can combat corruption and enforce good governance across the board.”

Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services, said, “Technology is rapidly advancing and, more than ever, has the power to transform communities and play a role in social change. Through this competition, we hope to find new tech champions working for social good across the globe.”

The challenge categories are as follows:Dream Big Shield. This is the prize for the most innovative

  • Dream Big Shield. This is the prize for the most innovative start up that uses cloud to enable anti corruption compliance, or the most innovative technology company with the best application or platform on cloud that enables anti-corruption compliance.
  • Global Shield. This is the prize for the global corporation with the most innovative use case or application on cloud for anti-corruption compliance.
  • Government Shield. This is the prize for the government department or multilateral organization with the best programme to drive innovation in anti-corruption using cloud.
  • NFP Shield. This is the prize for the NFP that uses cloud in the most innovative way to do anti-corruption work.

Companies can enter the challenge by emailing Georgina.callander@clc.uk.com Entries close on 15th December 2017

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About C5

 

C5 C5 Capital Limited (“C5”) is a family capital-backed technology investment firm focused on innovating security. C5 is a specialist investor in private businesses in technology, global security and data sectors, and niche sectors such as cyber security, biometrics, detection, and communications companies based in Europe. C5 Capital Limited is a venture capital firm specialising in providing growth and equity capital. The investment team is led by experienced executives who are known for their performance, resilience, agility,

The investment team is led by experienced executives who are known for their performance, resilience, agility, discretion and integrity. Their work is enhanced by a unique network of strategic partners known for their leadership in the fields of technology, industry, geopolitics, academia and government.

C5 builds long-term partnerships with committed investors who share a passion for creating value by investing in security, innovative founder teams who want to grow their businesses to their full potential and global companies who want to maintain an edge with innovation. C5 tailors its investment approach to the unique needs of each situation, and we are comfortable investing across the life cycle of our target sectors.

C5 Cyber Partners is a specialist investment team dedicated to private equity investment in EMEA-based cyber security companies and venture capital investment in data analytics companies.

C5 Cloud Partners is an investment vehicle focused on cloud computing-focused companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

C5 Accelerate has developed a Cloud Accelerator Cluster in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa alongside Amazon Web Services. Its mission is to accelerate best-of-breed startups throughout EMEA to meet the growth opportunity being created by the geographic expansion of AWS, the world’s leading cloud computing platform.

Headquartered in London, C5 also has offices in Washington D.C., Bahrain Luxembourg.

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