C5 Accelerate hosts 150 leaders in impact investing, social entrepreneurship and peacebuilding at Washington D.C.

Participants in Venture Peacebuilding Symposium to meet C5’s Peacetech Accelerator entrepreneurs

Washington D.C. 23rd January, 2018 – C5, the specialist technology investment group with offices in Washington, London, Munich, Luxembourg and Bahrain, has partnered with the IPSI Institute and Creative Learning to host Venture Peacebuilding Symposium participants in Washington D.C.

In partnership with the PeaceTech Lab, Amazon Web Services and SAP NS2, C5 has established the world’s first Peacetech Accelerator in Washington D.C. to scale startups on the cloud to solve problems relating to peace, stability and security worldwide. The participants of the Venture Peacebuilding Symposium are gathering in the afternoon of 23rd January to discuss how innovation can improve efforts to create a more peaceful and sustainable society. Symposium attendees will meet with more than 17 peace ventures, including Accelerator alumni and current cohort companies, comprising entrepreneurs from all over the globe. These entrepreneurs are working in a wide range of spheres to improve the lives of civilians in conflict and danger zones, develop lasting solutions to build peace, and to effect a demonstrable social impact in communities and among refugees.

Andre Pienaar, Founder, C5 Capital, said, “Impact investors and venture capital investors are increasingly pooling their investment capital to drive and scale innovation in Peacetech. The power of the AWS cloud provides unprecedented opportunities to make a difference in communities. This event is the premier forum for a meeting of minds and C5 is delighted to host it.”

Eva-Maria Dimitriadis, COO, C5 Accelerate said, “There are a number of ways that companies can help, whether they are large or just starting out. We seek to nurture and grow companies that are making a real difference. Being able to introduce them to the participants of this symposium and carry out a meaningful exchange of ideas and practices is very important to us and we’re looking forward to building even better relationships with the impact investment community, that is critical to this ecosystem.”

Present at the event will be the PeaceTech Accelerator’s incoming cohort, the third to enter the accelerator. These companies are:

    • ICMECadvocating, training and collaborating to eradicate child abduction, sexual abuse and exploitation.
    • OneRelief App – revolutionizing charitable donations through an app that collects micro-donations for humanitarian relief aid.
    • Pennywell – using small change to make a big difference.
    • SEaB Energy – the leading small waste-to-energy product. Transforming your waste on-site to make energy and fertiliser.
    • SuperFluid Labs – bringing tomorrow’s analytics capabilities to businesses today.
      • TerraBlue XT – building a complete Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem, consisting of proprietary hardware and software to address key gaps in the understanding and management of chronic and neurological disorders.

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André Pienaar from C5 Capital Leads Cybersecurity Panel

At the Imagine: A Better World conference held by Amazon Web Services, André Pienaar, Managing Partner and Founder of C5 Capital, led a panel of experts discussing the topic of cyber security for nonprofit companies. Alongside André on the panel were Mark Testoni, President and Chief Executive Officer of SAP National Security Services; Ronald Moultrie, US Chairman of C5 Capital; Maura Harty, Chief Executive Officer of the International Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and Joe Spiezio,
Solution Architect for Amazon Web Services.

Cyber security for non-profit companies is an often overlooked topic, but as André explains, cloud computing is part of the solution. Joe Spiezio notes that while non-profits often don’t have the time or resources to dedicate to security, the number of large corporations already using the cloud can benefit smaller non-profit companies. This is because larger corporations in industries such as finance and healthcare have stringent security requirements, allowing smaller companies and non-profits to leverage what’s already been put in place and focus their resources on higher level issues.

Asked by André what her perspective on cyber security is, Maura Harty says that the relationship between databases and donor information within non-profit companies is critical. Maura explained that if this data is breached in any way, they risk losing donors and there would also be a cascading effect across many other donor relationships. Although there are some costs associated with investing in cyber security, Maura advises that this is necessary because without the donors, they would be out of business.

André wrapped up the panel by asking what practices from the private sector could be applied to the not-for-profit sector. Ronald Moultrie states that he’d like to see a best practice framework for cyber security to be implemented within the not-for-profit sector. Maura Harty believes that leaders within non-profits need to continue to raise the importance of cyber security. Joe Spiezio emphasises the need for planning to ensure that best practices are followed, and Mark Testoni stressed that non-profits
should educate themselves and understand where the biggest risks and vulnerabilities within their company might lie, and take action to mitigate these risks.

André Pienaar at the AWS Public Sector Summit 2017

At the AWS Public Sector Summit 2017, held in Washington D.C., André Pienaar joined Max Peterson,
General Manager of World Wide Public Sector of AWS (Amazon Web Services) to discuss cyber security
and André’s thoughts on AWS, along with John Furrier and John Walls.

André explains that when C5 Capital first started investing in cyber security companies, the main
concern was that whether or not the cloud was secure, and if data should be moved. But with
developments and innovation being driven by AWS, André explains that people are now feeling more
secure with holding data in the cloud.

John Furrier considers the impact of the volume of data being amassed today from the likes of smart
cities and autonomous vehicles. André says the sheer volume of data being amassed necessitates new
models for securing and processing data.

With the CIA now adopting the AWS cloud platform, André says this will be a real game changer because
people will see that the US intelligence community have the confidence to feel secure using the AWS
cloud – so he believes other businesses will follow. André says businesses using AWS has become a
badge of quality, and an increasing number of venture capital firms such as C5 are looking for startups
that run on the AWS cloud.