Ashish Bijlani’s startup OSSPolice wins $100k investment.
Rain didn't stop a sold-out crowd gathering at Midtown's TechSquare Labs (Atlanta’s only Google for Entrepreneurs hub) for the fourth quarterly startup competition, the Atlanta Startup Battle, held during Tech Square Innovation Week. Early-stage cybersecurity startup OSSPolice was one of the six finalists that had been predetermined by judges. OSSPolice, pitched by co-founders Ashish Bijlani and Ruian Duan, offers "a cloud-based auditing service for mobile app developers that helps detect open-source software license violations and security vulnerabilities. This is important because, as free and open-source software continues to become more commonplace and available for developers building new apps, licensing or security violations can ensnare startups in legal tangles, if they aren’t careful."
OSSPolice won gold and a $100K investment from TechSquare Labs’ incubator and seed fund.
TechSquare Labs leaders also made investments into two other competitors—Eletype and Cove.Tool—for the first time since the competition began in 2016.
Participants in the competition included the following startups:
AgVoice, a mobile voice-interaction service designed for food and agriculture companies to analyze on-site data to improve food traceability.
Cove.Tool, a software platform that helps architects, engineers, owners and contractors to optimize building options for cost.
Eletype, software which provides ads solutions for marketing teams.
Trusted Sale, a peer-to-peer transaction platform that verifies sellers to combat fraud and scams.
CPG Toolbox, a software analysis of Trade Promotion programs.
Co-founder of OSSPolice Ashish Bijlani, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at Georgia Tech, said the competition was a great opportunity for his company. He said that OSSPolice is providing a solution to a huge problem for OSS developers: one company they're speaking with could profit $8.5M off 34K potential violation cases that OSSPolice flagged.
A fun note: They used KRS-One's "Sound of da Police" as the company's intro song to their pitch.
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