Data Security

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Protecting our members data and their services is our top priority. We use multiple safeguards to protect this information, and are constantly monitoring and improving our products and services.

Startup Fund hosts our applications and our members data with Heroku, a top-tier hosting and cloud storage provider.

Heroku Overview

Heroku is a cloud application platform used by organizations of all sizes to deploy and operate applications throughout the world. Heroku applies security best practices and manages platform security so customers can focus on their business.

Platform is designed to protect customers from threats by applying security controls at every layer from physical to application, isolating customer applications and data, and with its ability to rapidly deploy security updates without customer interaction or service interruption.

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Connection to the Startup Fund products and services environment is through secure socket layer/transport layer security (SSL/TLS), using global certificates from Verisignand GeoTrust, to ensure that your users have a secure connection from their browsers to our services. Sessions are terminated after 30 minutes of inactivity, or implicity by a user sign out event.


All data is backed up using daily and weekly images. Master/slave replication additionally ensures that database backups are hot-swappable. Backups and replications are not transported offsite.

Data Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA)

This Nondisclosure Agreement (the "Agreement") is entered into by and between Startups, ("Disclosing Party") and Startup Fund for the purpose of preventing the unauthorized disclosure of Confidential Traction Data and other Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) as defined below.

The parties agree to enter into a confidential relationship with respect to the disclosure of certain proprietary and confidential information ("Confidential Information").

Definition of Confidential Information

For purposes of this Agreement, "Confidential Information" shall include all Traction Data (i.e., growth indicators) and other shared metrics (KPIs), information or material that has or could have commercial value or other utility in the business in which Disclosing Party is engaged. All data supplied by the Disclosing Party to the Receiving Party via the Startup Fund platform shall be deemed confidential information.

Exclusions from Confidential Information

Receiving Party's obligations under this Agreement do not extend to information that is:

  1. publicly known at the time of disclosure or subsequently becomes publicly known through no fault of the Receiving Party;
  2. discovered or created by the Receiving Party before disclosure by Disclosing Party;
  3. learned by the Receiving Party through legitimate means other than from the Disclosing Party or Disclosing Party's representatives; or
  4. is disclosed by Receiving Party with Disclosing Party's prior written approval.

Obligations of Receiving Party

Receiving Party shall hold and maintain the Confidential Information in strictest confidence for the sole and exclusive benefit of the Disclosing Party. Receiving Party shall carefully restrict access to Confidential Information to employees, contractors and third parties as is reasonably required and shall require those persons to sign nondisclosure restrictions at least as protective as those in this Agreement. Receiving Party shall not, without prior written approval of Disclosing Party, use for Receiving Party's own benefit, publish, copy, or otherwise disclose to others, or permit the use by others for their benefit or to the detriment of Disclosing Party, any Confidential Information.

Time Periods

The nondisclosure provisions of this Agreement shall survive the termination of this Agreement and Receiving Party's duty to hold Confidential Information in confidence shall remain in effect until the Confidential Information no longer qualifies as a trade secret or until Disclosing Party sends Receiving Party written notice releasing Receiving Party from this Agreement, whichever occurs first.


Nothing contained in this Agreement shall be deemed to constitute either party a partner, joint venturer or employee of the other party for any purpose.


If a court finds any provision of this Agreement invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of this Agreement shall be interpreted so as best to effect the intent of the parties.


This Agreement expresses the complete understanding of the parties with respect to the subject matter and supersedes all prior proposals, agreements, representations and understandings.

This Agreement may not be amended except in a writing signed by both parties.


The failure to exercise any right provided in this Agreement shall not be a waiver of prior or subsequent rights.

This Agreement and each party's obligations shall be binding on the representatives, assigns and successors of such party. By creating an account and using the Startup Fund platform, each party is agreeing to be bound by the terms of this Agreement.

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