Enlightenment Capital Announces Strategic Investment in Ridgeline

Chevy Chase, Maryland – December 21, 2023:  Enlightenment Capital, an Aerospace, Defense, Government & Technology (ADG&T) investment firm based in the Washington, DC area, announced it has made a strategic investment in Ridgeline International (Ridgeline), a provider of proprietary intelligence and cyber technology solutions to control data, protect against Ubiquitous Technical Surveillance (UTS), and enable Digital Signature Management (DSM) for the Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DoD) customers.

“Ridgeline will serve as the foundation for Enlightenment’s newest intelligence and cyber software platform,” said Devin Talbott, Founder and Managing Partner of Enlightenment Capital. “The pace of technological change and emerging threats in the UTS and DSM domains require continuous innovation, anticipation, and investment.”

“This partnership provides Ridgeline with the financial and strategic resources needed to build a mid-tier intelligence and cyber focused platform with a mission to support critical National Security programs,” said Jason Rigoli, Partner at Enlightenment Capital. “We are excited to partner with the Ridgeline leadership team and will continue to invest in the company to drive growth both organically and through M&A.”

“Enlightenment is our ideal investment partner, and we are thrilled to join forces with them as they understand the sector and the critical mission needs of the National Security community,” said Erik Wittreich, CEO of Ridgeline. “This partnership strengthens Ridgeline’s capacity to pursue strategic growth initiatives and continue investing in the new capabilities our customers demand.”

Raymond James served as the exclusive financial advisor and Holland & Knight served as the legal advisor to Ridgeline on the transaction. Moore & Van Allen served as the legal advisor to Enlightenment Capital on the transaction. Morrison & Foerster provided government contracting legal advisory services as part of this transaction.

About Ridgeline

Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Tysons Corner, VA, Ridgeline provides proprietary intelligence and cyber technology solutions to control data, protect against technical surveillance, secure communications, and manage digital signatures for the IC and DoD. For more information, visit https://www.ridgelineintl.com/ and follow us at https://www.linkedin.com/company/ridgelineintl/.

About Enlightenment Capital

Enlightenment Capital, a Washington, DC area based private investment firm, makes control and strategic, non-control investments in middle market companies in the Aerospace, Defense, Government & Technology (ADG&T) sector. The firm partners with businesses that provide vital services, protect critical infrastructure, innovate cyber and data solutions, enhance decision making capabilities, engineer aerospace and space systems, safeguard national security, and endeavor to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. For more information, visit www.enlightenment-cap.com and follow us at www.linkedin.com/company/enlightenment-capital.

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