RSA has said it plans to hold an unusual live venture-capital event at the upcoming RSA Conference to highlight emerging security technology from three start-ups.

The event, intended to unfold along the lines of the BBC’s Dragon’s Den and similar reality television programmes, will give three security start-ups 10 minutes each to pitch their ideas to a panel of leading venture capitalists.

Those who are successful may be given funding, RSA said.

The RSAC Launch Pad event is aimed at earlier-stage start-ups than the annual RSAC Innovation Sandbox Contest, those with no revenue and no more than a first round of funding, organisers said.

“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,” said Enrique Salem, partner at Bain Capital Ventures.

Salem is to take part in the panel along with Theresia Gouw, co-founder of Aspect Ventures, and Ted Schlein, managing and general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

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