2021 Best Tech Startups in McLean

Powered by CrunchbaseThe Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in McLean, Virginia. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (unacquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. Aireon


Founded: 2011

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“Aireon has deployed a space-based air traffic surveillance system for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft throughout the entire globe. Aireon harnesses next-generation aviation surveillance technologies that are currently ground-based and, for the first time ever, extend their reach globally to significantly improve efficiency, enhance safety, reduce emissions and provide cost savings benefits to all stakeholders. Real-time ADS-B surveillance covers oceanic, polar and remote regions, as well as augment existing ground-based systems that are limited to terrestrial airspace. In partnership with leading ANSPs from around the world, like NAV CANADA, Iridium Communications, ENAV, NATS, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), and Naviair, Aireon will have an operational, global, space-based air traffic surveillance system in early 2019.”

2. Omnispace


Founded: 2012

Also honored in: 2020 Best Tech Startups in McLean

“Omnispace LLC owns and operates global non-geostationary satellite infrastructure to provide mobile satellite services internationally in markets across Asia Pacific, South America, North America, Africa and the Middle East. Harnessing globally harmonized 2 GHz spectrum assets as well as advanced satellite and mobile technologies, our innovative hybrid platform can deliver enhanced mobile voice and data communications, making converged communications a reality today. Omnispace’s global system is ideally positioned to meet a wide array of government and commercial communications needs, including cost-effective rural connectivity and mobile broadband.”

3. IronNet Cybersecurity

IronNet Cybersecurity

Founded: 2014

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“Founded in 2014, IronNet Cybersecurity is a global cybersecurity leader that is revolutionizing how enterprises, industries, and governments secure their networks. IronNet takes the skills of its top-notch cybersecurity operators with their real-world, public and private sector, offensive and defensive cyber experience, and integrates their deep tradecraft knowledge into its industry-leading products to solve the most challenging cyber problems facing industry today.

IronNet’s solutions leverage behavioral analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence techniques to help public and private enterprises across critical infrastructure detect unknown threats. Our ability to share the derived raw intelligence with peer enterprises in real-time and at machine speed, uniquely enables industries and governments to collectively defend against well-funded nation state and cyber criminal threats.”

4. Somatus


Founded: 2016

“Somatus partners with leading health plans, health systems, nephrology and primary care groups to provide integrated care for patients with or at risk of developing kidney disease. As the market leader in value-based kidney care, Somatus’ vertically integrated clinical services and technology delay or prevent disease progression, decrease avoidable hospital utilization, improve quality and care coordination, and increase the use of home dialysis modalities and rates of kidney transplantation. The company is headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, and founded by a team of world-class healthcare operators, successful entrepreneurs, and leading clinicians treating kidney disease. For more information, please visit”

5. Verato


Founded: 2012

Also honored in: 2020 Best Tech Startups in McLean

“Our mission is to help innovative healthcare organizations make their patients healthier, happier, and more engaged—while managing costs. In pursuit of this mission, we enable organizations to manage, match, and link their person data with unprecedented ease and accuracy. We offer two cloud-based patient matching and identity resolution services: Verato Universal™ MPI, a HITRUST-certified SaaS master person index service, and Verato Auto-Steward™, a powerful plug-in for EHRs, EMPIs, MDMs, and other applications that automatically finds and resolves their duplicate records. Both services use smart “referential matching”​ technology to match and link person data with the highest accuracy rates in the industry.”

6. RunSafe Security

RunSafe Security

Founded: 2015

“RunSafe Security is the pioneer of a patented cyberhardening transformation process designed to disrupt attackers and protect vulnerable embedded systems and devices. With the ability to make each device functionally identical but logically unique, RunSafe Security renders threats inert by eliminating attack vectors, significantly reducing vulnerabilities and denying malware the uniformity required to propagate. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, with an office in Huntsville, Alabama, RunSafe Security’s customers span the critical infrastructure, IIoT, automotive, medical, and national security industries.”

7. Perthera


Founded: 2012

Also honored in: 2020 Best Tech Startups in McLean

“Perthera is the leading Therapeutic Intelligence Company advancing precision medicine through our Perthera Report, which precisely matches cancer patients with multiple therapeutic options ranked by highest probability of best outcome.

The Perthera Report does this through an integration of the patient’s multi-omic cell architecture and treatment history with our leading-edge Therapeutic Intelligence Engine, assessed and approved by our every-patient, real-time physician and scientific tumor board.

Perthera’s Therapeutic Intelligence Engine includes published multi-omic and biomarker impact, drug indications, new and off-label clinical trials, treatment guidelines, and patient outcomes for extended survival and quality of life.”

8. CodeHunter


Founded: 2014

“CodeHunter is on a mission to detect all malware, known and unknown, hidden in software code.”

9. Intellispark


Founded: 2017

“Intellispark is redefining how schools, families, and communities work together to prepare successful, future-ready kids. Parents and educators agree that education is about much more than academic proficiency, yet today education data mostly means grades and test scores. It’s time to give schools, families, and communities the instrumentation they need to measure development of the whole child while ensuring every child gets the support she needs to succeed in school and in life.”

10. ANRA Technologies

ANRA Technologies

Founded: 2015

Also honored in: 2020 Best Tech Startups in McLean

“We provide operators with an off the shelf, field proven DroneOSS™operational platform which is fully functional and compliant with FAA and other applicable regulations for drone flight management and their mobile applications. This includes flight planning, airspace management, data analytics, compliance, drone management, resource management, maintenance information and much more.

Our solution provides operators and analysts access to the Command and Control for one or multiple UAV operations at any given time.

The control can be delegated to users at multiple geographical locations using our Cloud based Control Station.

Our module on board the UAVs enables the analysts to get access to the EO/IR or other sensors in real time over the encrypted links coming down to local or cloud based control station. The data also gets archived in our secure cloud for additional post processing and analytics.”