Merlin Cyber | August 30, 2022
Merlin Cyber, a public sector platform of cybersecurity solutions, technical expertise, and go-to-market acceleration, today announced the Merlin Interchangeable Nominal Tokens (MINT) marketplace. The MINT marketplace is designed to enable U.S. Federal, State, and Local Government agencies to redeem tokens for a broad array of cybersecurity tools and services that are public sector-ready and can be managed through a single online portal.
The U.S. Government is one of the largest consumers of cybersecurity solutions and represents one of the most complex go-to-markets globally. Rapidly evolving agency transformation initiatives, ever-changing cybersecurity threats, and changing regulatory and mission requirements are driving the need for agencies to access innovative cybersecurity solutions with greater flexibility than ever before. The MINT marketplace provides that simplicity and flexibility. Agencies can now purchase and manage public sector-ready cybersecurity solutions powered by the Merlin Cyber marketplace using exchangeable tokens.
“Agencies need a way to be more agile in leveraging their investments, more responsive to the emerging threat landscape, and more flexible in being able to get the right products at the right time and the right scale, Resources are also a big concern for many agencies. Bringing Merlin’s technical cybersecurity capabilities along with our 25 years of public sector experience into MINT enables us to put forth a wide array of best-in-class, public sector-ready cybersecurity offerings, all available under one program. MINT can help agencies accelerate their zero trust journeys to securing identities, devices, networks, applications, and data.”
-Julie Xiang, Chief Revenue Officer of Merlin Cyber.
About Merlin Cyber:
Merlin Cyber is a powerful ecosystem of cybersecurity investment, innovation, technical expertise, and go-to-market acceleration with 25 years of experience working with the U.S. Public Sector. Through Merlin, federal civilian, defense, state, local, and education customers access innovative cybersecurity solutions that have been strategically curated due to their ability to meet public sector requirements and mission priorities effectively. Merlin does this by selectively partnering with best-in-class cybersecurity brands, investing in innovative emerging technologies, and accelerating growth and value creation for its partners. This enables the U.S. Public Sector to successfully keep ahead of today’s critical threats, accelerate modernization initiatives, and defend our nation
DLA Piper | August 09, 2022
DLA Piper represented SixGen, Inc., a leading cybersecurity and products company based in Maryland, in its acquisition of Fourcast Management and Analysis, Inc., a Maryland-based technology management consulting company.
SixGen provides world-class cybersecurity services and products to protect government organizations and commercial industries. Using innovative processes, tools, and advanced techniques, SixGen predicts and overcomes cybersecurity vulnerabilities. SixGen prioritizes best practices, customer requirements and privacy and overall mission impact.
The strategic acquisition of Fourcast Management and Analysis – a leading management consulting company that provides seasoned advisory services, skills, and assistance in the areas of finance, budget and cost estimation – will bolster SixGen's mission to provide the highest quality services to customers and enable employee growth through diversified opportunities.
"Congratulations to SixGen on this strategic acquisition of Fourcast, which will allow the company to grow in the cybersecurity and professional services sector, It was a pleasure collaborating and bringing together our deep knowledge and capabilities in the professional services industry to close this deal."
-Jeffrey Houle, co-chair of DLA Piper's Aerospace, Defense and Government Services Transactional practice who led the team that advised SixGen.
We're immensely proud of this pivotal deal. We thoroughly enjoyed working with the DLA Piper team and believe this acquisition will have an immediate impact on the level of service we can provide to our customers, said Chris Brady, chairman of Chart National, an investor in SixGen.
In addition to Houle (Washington, DC), the deal team included partners Thomas Pilkerton III, Julia Kovacs and Jordan Bailowitz (all three in Baltimore) and Brad Jorgensen (Austin); of counsel Christopher Armstrong (Baltimore); and associate Josh Feldman (Baltimore).
With more than 1,000 corporate lawyers globally, DLA Piper helps clients execute complex transactions seamlessly while supporting clients across all stages of development. The firm has been rated number one in global M&A volume for 12 consecutive years, according to Mergermarket.
DLA Piper's global Technology sector lawyers work across practice areas and offices to support technology clients – from startups to fast-growing and mid-market businesses to mature global enterprises – doing business around the world.
About DLA Piper:
DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world. In certain jurisdictions, this information may be considered attorney advertising.
medZERO | July 14, 2022
LG Electronics’ North American Innovation Center (LG NOVA) picked medZERO as one of the “Selected 20” startups advancing to the next stage of its Mission for the Future global challenge competition. The honor comes with $100,000 to help fund a collaboration for the next round of the competition.
The recognition is the latest for the Portland-based startup medZERO, an employer-sponsored financial wellness platform that gives employees a smarter way to pay for healthcare via on-demand access to funds to pay their out-of- pocked expenses over time at zero interest and zero fees.
In May, medZERO was one of six companies selected by the Meta Lab challenge, a prestigious competition sponsored by the Carolina Fintech Hub and MassChallenge, an international business accelerator program located in Boston.
Since securing $5.7 million in seed funding last year from Silicon Valley powerhouses True Ventures, Village Global and other angel investors, medZERO launched its app in November 2021 and has been hiring and has more than doubled its customer base.
Each of the 20 top contenders in the LG NOVA program were awarded $100,000 for proof-of-concept projects. medZERO was chosen in the Connected Health category as a company that is creating a new solution with potential to transform markets and industries, specifically as people change their perspective on new technology-based care.
“We are honored to make it to this round, LG recognized that our highly scalable, mobile payments platform leverages technology to give employees greater control over their healthcare services and spending.”
-Craig Froude, Co-Founder and CEO, medZERO.
Chosen from a group of more than 1,300 applicants, the Selected 20 will continue in the process to develop their ideas while working closely with LG NOVA’s team of innovation and entrepreneurial experts over the next couple of months—with the goal of being chosen as a Mission for the Future challenge “Top 10” finalist. To be named in August 2022, the Top 10 will have the opportunity to build their business in collaboration with LG on an accelerated path to success, with full access to LG expertise, mentorship, and from NOVA Capital Alliance and investments from LG.
Since its official launch in August 2021, the Mission for the Future challenge has invited innovators and entrepreneurs to submit their business ideas, technologies, and concepts that look to advance people, communities, and the planet. The initial “First 50” startups selected through the challenge program received access to basic business infrastructural support and networking after demonstrating exceptional proof-of-concept within emerging industries, as well as the potential for a successful partnership within the wider LG business.
Over the last few months, our work with the First 50 startups has helped us continue to refine our vision for the future as we look at new areas of growth for LG, said LG Electronics Senior Vice President for Innovation Dr. Sokwoo Rhee, head of LG NOVA. We’re inspired by all of those who have participated to date with groundbreaking, thoughtful tech innovations to drive and contribute to our collaborative community and guiding principle of ‘outside-in’ innovation. With this announcement, we’re sharing the results of our ongoing work in engaging with the startup and entrepreneur community to create impactful technologies that will lead society into the future.
medZERO is a Portland, Ore., healthcare-focused fintech company (www.medzero.com) designed to make healthcare accessible, affordable and equitable. Our employer sponsored platform provides employees instant access to funds to pay their out-of-pocket healthcare costs with no interest and no fees. Repayment is made through automatic payroll deduction and for users with Health Savings Accounts medZERO payments are pre-tax allowing them to save up to 30% on all qualified medical expenses.
About LG NOVA-
LG NOVA, the North American Innovation Center for global innovation leader LG Electronics, is a team focused on bringing innovation from the outside to LG. LG NOVA is based in Santa Clara, Calif. The center’s mission is to build, nurture and grow innovations that impact the future.
About LG Electronics USA-
LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $63 billion global innovator in technology and manufacturing. In the United States, LG sells a wide range of innovative home appliances, home entertainment products, commercial displays, air conditioning systems, energy solutions and vehicle components. LG is 2022 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence. The company’s commitment to environmental sustainability and its “Life’s Good” marketing theme encompass how LG is dedicated to people’s happiness by exceeding expectations today and tomorrow