Submissions for RSAC Innovation Sandbox at RSA Conference 2022 Now Open

BEDFORD, Mass., Oct. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- RSA® Conference, the world's leading information security conferences and expositions, today announced that submissions for the seventeenth annual RSAC Innovation Sandbox Contest are now open.

Since 2005, the most promising young companies in cybersecurity have taken the RSAC Innovation Sandbox Contest stage to compete for the title of "Most Innovative Startup." The competition is widely recognized as a springboard for startups, with the contest's top 10 finalists collectively seeing over 69 acquisitions and receiving over $9.8 billion in investments over the past 17 years. Additionally, two previous RSAC Innovation Sandbox finalists have completed IPOs in the last two years: ISB 2015 Finalist SentinelOne  and ISB 2012 Finalist SumoLogic  More than 160 companies have participated in RSAC Innovation Sandbox Contest, with previous winners include Imperva, Phantom, Axonius,, and most recently at RSAC 2021, Apiiro.

Qualifying startups interested in participating in the RSAC Innovation Sandbox Contest are invited to submit entries online no later than 8 p.m. PT on Monday, November 29, 2021. The top 10 finalists will be announced in January. Terms and conditions can be found here.

"RSA Conference has a long-standing history of being the catalyst for startup companies to jump into the next phase," said Shlomo Kramer, RSAC Innovation Sandbox judge and Co-founder and CEO, Cato Networks. "Over the past 17 years it is truly amazing how much talent has crossed the RSAC Innovation Sandbox contest stage and the countless ways these companies have contributed to the cybersecurity industry is commendable. We look forward to seeing what the new class of RSAC Innovation Sandbox competitors present at RSA Conference 2022."

RSA Conference 2022 will include a variety of innovation programming, including the RSAC Early Stage Expo, which is dedicated to promising, privately-held startups under five-years old with less than $3 million in revenue. Participating companies can showcase their solutions to the multitudes of attending innovators, decision makers, and investors. Additional year-round innovation programming includes RSAC 365 Innovation Showcase, a monthly virtual program where expert-led panels and startups from around the world address the industry's newest technology and solutions developments.

A summary of the criteria to compete in RSAC Innovation Sandbox Contest include:

  • The product has been in the market for less than one year (launched between December 1, 2020 and December 1, 2021)
  • The product matches an identified problem in the cybersecurity marketplace
  • The product takes an original and sound approach to solving a problem and has the potential to make a significant impact on cybersecurity
  • The product is validated through a client's beta testing or purchase of product
  • The product can be demonstrated live during the RSAC Innovation Sandbox Contest
  • The company has a management team with a track record of successfully delivering products to market
  • The company is privately held, with less than $5M in revenue in 2021

After the submission period ends on Monday, November 29 at 8 p.m. PT:

  • Entries will be reviewed and ranked by a global panel of judges that include venture capital professionals, CISOs and other outstanding industry experts
  • The top 10 finalists will be notified in early January 2022 and invited to present and pitch to a panel of expert judges on Monday, February 7, 2022
  • The top 10 finalists will be recognized on the RSA Conference website with company and product profiles, and will be promoted in other RSA Conference public relations efforts

To stay up to date on the latest information about RSA Conference 2022, taking place in San Francisco and digitally from February 7-10, please visit

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