Inaugural RSA Conference Launch Pad to Feature Three Emerging Startups

Panel of leading venture capitalists will listen to pitches from
startups competing for a chance to secure funding and expedite growth

BEDFORD, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–RSA®
Conference
, the world’s leading information security conferences and
expositions, today releases the names of three security innovators that
will participate in the first-ever RSAC
Launch Pad
, an event designed to give burgeoning cybersecurity
talent a platform to share their industry solutions. These companies
will have the opportunity to pitch their new business to three
high-profile venture capitalists (VCs) in a live, Shark Tank®-style
format. If the VCs believe in the company’s solution, participants may
receive VC funding and/or mentorship support.

The finalists were selected by the participating VCs earlier this year
from a pool of applicants meeting participation requirements, including
being incorporated for two years or less, privately held with no revenue
and having no more than a first round of funding. In addition, the
participant’s products must not be available for commercial sale to the
public on or before RSA Conference 2019.

“We’re continuing to expand the innovation program at RSAC to reach
entrepreneurs at all stages in their career, at all levels of product
development and from every corner of the globe. With the growing Early
Stage Expo, the half-day Innovator and Entrepreneur Seminar, the
Innovation Sandbox Contest and the addition of RSAC Launch Pad, we’re
striving to give creative thinkers and entrepreneurs the preeminent
platform they need to gain exposure and make a lasting change on our
industry,” said Sandra Toms, Vice President and Curator of RSA
Conference. “The expanding emphasis on innovation at RSA Conference
illustrates our commitment to bringing wide varieties of people, content
and ideas to the table to address the growing cyberthreat around the
world.”

On Tuesday, March 5, the startups will have 10 minutes to convince
leading security VCs Theresia
Gouw
, co-founder of Aspect Ventures, Enrique
Salem
, partner at Bain Capital Ventures, and Ted
Schlein
, managing and general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield &
Byers, of their groundbreaking ideas.

The selected companies (in alphabetical order) are:

NuID
NuID
is a pioneer in trustless authentication and decentralized digital
identity. NuID’s solution uses zero knowledge cryptography and
blockchain technology to remove the need for businesses to store
passwords. Its mission is to end mass credential breaches by returning
data ownership to the user.

Spherical
Defence

Spherical Defence is backed by the British Intelligence
GCHQ Cyber Accelerator and is building a product for application-layer
anomaly detection on internal and external networks powered by deep
learning and NLP. Spherical learns tree objects and sessions completely
unsupervised and is working with the largest Silicon Valley tech
companies.

Styra
Styra
enables enterprises to define, enforce and validate security across
their Kubernetes environments. Its Declarative Authorization Service
provides a graphical library of customizable policies – all based on
dynamic context – to mitigate risks, reduce human error and accelerate
development.

“Our goal with RSAC Launch Pad is to give young companies and
entrepreneurs a springboard to launch their innovative solutions to the
most pertinent and pressing challenges in cybersecurity today,” said
Enrique Salem, partner at Bain Capital Ventures. “We all look forward to
the annual RSAC Innovation Sandbox Contest, which has propelled
countless successful startups. But there’s also a growing number of
earlier-stage startups – ones that have no revenue and no more than a
first round of funding. As an industry, we need to give these founders
at the earliest stages of innovation a platform to share their ideas and
gain the support needed to turn them into full-scale cybersecurity
businesses.”

The event will be hosted at the Marriott Marquis in The Sandbox (Yerba
Buena 8) and is open to all RSA Conference attendees. Doors will open at
3:50 PM on March 5 and the pitches will begin at 4:05 PM.

More information regarding RSA Conference 2019 can be found at: www.rsaconference.com.

About RSA Conference

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programs where the world talks security and leadership gathers, advances
and emerges. Whether attending in the U.S., the EMEA region, the
Asia-Pacific region or online, RSA Conference events are where the
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get access to the people, content and ideas that help enable individuals
and companies to win, grow and do their best. It’s about bringing all
people in the cybersecurity industry together and empowering the
collective “we” of the cybersecurity industry to stand against
cyberthreats around the world. RSA Conference is the ultimate
marketplace for the latest technologies and hands-on educational
opportunities that help industry professionals discover how to make
their companies more secure while showcasing the most enterprising,
influential and thought-provoking thinkers and leaders in security
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Contacts

Emily Sloan
SHIFT Communications
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RSAConf@shiftcomm.com

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