Our Approach

Guided by founders and operators, our approach uses a venture studio model to provide a combination of capital and shared services across our portfolio to handle financial, business administration, and go-to-market strategies.

Fund Investment Thesis

The $10M Riphean National Security Fund focuses on innovative US start-ups and early-stage companies with practical applications to national security, motivated to grow and exit in 2-4 years, that leverage our firm’s venture studio approach and myriad experience across GovCon, military and commercial sectors.

Our collective experiences as founders, operators, and investors make us uniquely qualified to identify and select entrepreneurs and operators and help them achieve accelerated growth leading to exit.

Fund Criteria


  • National Security focus in Cyber, Defense, Intelligence, Security, Private Sector IT
  • Focused product or service offering around a customer or problem set


  • Small, established government contractors under $25M annual revenue
  • Early-stage products or strong technical concepts pursuing under $25M annual revenue


  • Committed leadership teams passionate about the National Security mission

  • Innovative thinkers and problem solvers with transformative solutions

Our Sector Expertise

Our team has over 50 years of experience supporting industries that impact National Security.

As former operators, we possess strong networks of industry and government leaders, technical acumen, and an intimate understanding of the market and its ever-changing needs. As entrepreneurs who have achieved successful exits, we go beyond mere capital investment to become true partners.

We leverage our collective experiences to offer partners and investors exponential growth leading to exit.

  • Cybersecurity

  • Information Technology
  • Intelligence Operations

  • Homeland Security
  • Critical Infrastructure

  • Defense

Our Companies

  • Animate

    Next-Generation Traffic Generator and Digital Workforce

  • Catapult Consultants

    Cyber Threat and Data Analytics

  • CodeLock

    The Key to Software Security

  • RapidAscent

    Gamified Cyber Training

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