Submissions are open for RSA Conference Innovation Sandbox Contest 2017

The 12th annual Innovation Sandbox Contest at RSA Conference is now accepting submissions to name the “RSAC Most Innovative Startup 2017.” Past winners include successful companies such as Sourcefire, Imperva, Waratek, and most recently Phantom.

In 2017, in addition to the flagship contest, Innovation and Entrepreneur Seminars aimed at entrepreneurs and interested attendees will offer sessions to learn more about validating a good idea, finding funding and launching a company. Additionally, RSA Conference will host 35 information security startups with less than $5 million in revenue in the Early Stage Expo area.

To help identify how best to introduce these new offerings, RSA Conference engaged the Program Committee, which includes leading Venture Capitalists Theresia Gouw (Aspect Ventures), Arik Kleinstein (Glilot Capital Partners) and Ted Schlein (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers).

Participants will pitch their security solutions in front of a live audience that has in the past included venture capital professionals, industry experts, senior level business practitioners and thought leaders. Five industry veterans will judge the competition and select a winner.

“The increasing sophistication of security threats, including the technologies, techniques and bad actors, means our protection mechanisms and approach must keep pace,” said Ted Schlein, General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. “RSA Conference’s Innovation Sandbox Contest is an excellent forum to discover the ideas and innovation needed to compete and win in this rapidly evolving and dynamic landscape.”

The contest will kick off on February 13, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. PST and the winner will be announced at 4:00 p.m. PST. Companies are invited to submit an entry online no later than 8 p.m. PST on Thursday, December 8, 2016.

Criteria to compete in RSA Conference Innovation Sandbox Contest 2017

A summary of the criteria to compete in the event include:

  • The product has been in the market for less than one year (launched after January 2016).
  • The product has the potential to make a significant impact on information security (as determined by the panel of judges).
  • The product can be demonstrated live and on-site during RSAC Innovation Sandbox Contest.
  • The company is privately held, with less than $5M in revenue in 2016.
  • The company has a management team that has proven successful in the delivery of products to market.

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