SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event

The tenth annual SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event will take place during Startup & Tech Sectors on Saturday, March 10, Sunday, March 11, and Monday, March 12. A live audience, as well as a panel of expert judges, will discover advancements in various sectors of emerging technology.


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About

 

2018 SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event will feature 50 Interactive technology companies from 10 different categories. These companies will dazzle a live audience with their company pitch and Q&A with our panel of judges. We will feature 25 companies on Saturday, March 10 and 25 companies on Sunday, March 11.

On Sunday, March 11 at 7pm we will host the SXSW Accelerator Award Ceremony and announce a winner from each category. If you miss the pitches you have the opportunity to meet all 50 companies at SXSW Accelerator Demo Days on Monday, March 12.


SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event Schedule

Saturday, March 10

9:30am-6:00pm
(25) Startup Pitches

Sunday, March 11

9:30am-6:00pm
(25) Startup Pitches

7:00pm
Awards Ceremony

Monday, March 13

11:30am-1:00pm
(50) Accelerator Demo Days

Entry Process Overview

 

Now accepting 2018 applications through Friday, November 10. Startups must apply to be considered for the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event. Please read below for application details.

Eligibility

  • The company’s product or service must have launched no earlier than March 10, 2016;
  • The company’s product or service must not launch after June 10, 2018;
  • Each company may only enter one product or service to SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event;
  • A company that enters more than one product or service will not be eligible to participate in SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event;
  • Founders of the company applying must retain some portion of ownership in the company;
  • Each applicant is only eligible to present in one of the SXSW family of startup events (SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event, SXSW Release It, SXSW Launchedu). In contrast, if you have applied for one of these events (other than SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event), and were not accepted to participate, then please feel free to apply to SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event.
  • The Company must not have raised over ten (10) Million Dollars in funding from combined funding sources; and
  • The product or service must fall into one of the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event categories.

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FAQ

For a listing of the Frequently Asked Questions about the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event read the SXSW Accelerator FAQ.

For any SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event inquiries, please contact michelle@sxsw.com.

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SXSW Accelerator Alums: Over $4.63 Billion in Funding

The SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event proudly applauds our alumni and the millions of funding along the way. Over the years, we launched our startup platform for finalists with great ideas with the goal of matching them with top investors both nationally and internationally.

From our inaugural year of 23 participants to a total of 403 through 2017, we are proud to be the catalyst of many dreams and successes. Some of our prestigious alums you may know include Klout, Hipmunk, Wildfire, Siri, Foodspotting and Tango.

Some winners you may not know, but will have garnered funding in the millions like WeVideo and Trustev that promise to disrupt and get attention very soon.

Past SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event finalists from 2009 to 2017 achieved the following:

  • 403 companies = 70% funding
  • 16% were acquired
  • Total through 2017= $4.63 billion

Does not include certain undisclosed funding. This data is as of June 6, 2017.

Press

For any press inquiries to SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event, Startup & Tech Sectors Track, and the SXSW Interactive Festival, please contact interpress@sxsw.com.


Hotel Information for Finalists

If you are selected as SXSW Accelerator finalist, you have access to a limited number of rooms being protected for participants through SXSW Housing & Travel. Rooms are limited to one per registrant and will sell out fast so be sure to make your hotel reservation as soon as you are registered. Requests can be completed in your Shopping Cart or SXSW Social account. In the meantime, check out SXSW Housing & Travel for more information about our hotel’s, pricing, reservation policies, and travel information.

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2018 SXSW Accelerator Categories

 

Augmented & Virtual Reality

Technologies using augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and other novel visualization technologies, including applications for Cardboard, Oculus Rift, and other emerging offerings from industry giants. These applications may address such uses as gaming, entertainment, data visualization, education, medical care, warfare, transportation, and many more subject.

Enterprise & Smart Data

Technologies that facilitate the comprehension and application of informational data through workflows and analytics. These startups seek to improve productivity for businesses and/or individuals by using big data through a number of ways that include (but are not limited to) data collection, management, analysis, presentation, interpretation, and augmentation.

Entertainment & Content

Technologies and applications that are reinventing the ways in which we learn, relax and enjoy our time. Examples of included sectors include (but are not limited to) gaming, music, film, television, video, news and publishing, streaming and digital storytelling, as well as new and hybrid forms of entertainment.

Health & Wearable

Technologies focused on human-centric health applications that connect the “health optimizer” and those with illnesses, their care teams, primary and specialist clinicians, inpatient and outpatient facilities, benefit providers, and corporate wellness programs to share timely, relevant health data and drive better outcomes at affordable and sustainable cost levels.

Hyper-Connected Communities

This category showcases new products, services and apps that help hyper-connected communities (such as what occurs on-site at SXSW) better navigate and maximize their engagements. In addition to the kind of technologies that thrive in March in Austin, this category is for any creative and innovative app, product or service that does not fit elsewhere in the Accelerator lineup. Examples of technologies that might fit into this category include (but are not limited to) Internet of Things, energy, space, natural resources, agriculture and robotics.

Payment & FinTech

Technologies relating to the consumer and business financial space that include delivering new payment methods, new forms of currency, extending credit and other lending processes, equities trading, transaction processing, asset management, insurance, and/or any other functions traditionally provided by banks and investment banks.

Security & Privacy

Technologies revolutionizing sectors related to data security and privacy on the consumer and enterprise level. With interests rising in this field, examples of innovations include (but are not limited to) cybersecurity, encryption, data storage, infrastructure protection, incident analytics, ad targeting, identity management, and many other forms.

Social & Culture

Technologies that push the boundaries on how we navigate and interact in life with ourselves, our community, and our world. Examples of such sectors include (but are not limited to) social media, networking, dating, travel & hospitality, food or dining, fashion, the environment and social good.

Sports & Performance Data

Technologies impacting the before, during, and after in the sports and athletics sector. Whether geared towards novices or elite professionals, innovations in this field include (but are not limited to) the way we experience, prepare for, and participate in sports and outdoor recreation by using hardware or software applications focused on data-centric intelligence, measurement, and other analytical forms.

Transportation

Technologies transforming and optimizing the transportation industry on a consumer and enterprise level. These innovations create efficiency in the way we move from point A to point B through (but are not limited to) the connected car, data routing applications, on-demand or ridesharing services, autonomous vehicles, and other new disruptive means.

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Apply Now for the 2018 SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event

Apply to have your company considered for the 2018 SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event. Deadline to enter your project is Friday, November 10.

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2017 Archive

2017 Winners

 

Enterprise and Smart Data

Deep 6 Analytics
Pasadena, CA

Deep 6 AI applies artificial intelligence to medical records to find more patients for clinical trials faster, getting cures to the people who need them more quickly.

Transportation

SPLT
Austin, TX

SPLT is a transportation platform changing the way people commute worldwide through enterprise carpooling in a closed network and in partnership with Lyft, providing non-emergency medical transportation.

Social and Culture

Lily
San Diego, CA

Lily helps women discover and buy clothes that make them look and feel their best.

Entertainment and Content

Laugh.ly
San Francisco, CA

Laugh.ly is the first and only streaming app dedicated to stand-up comedy.

Health and Wearable

Sound Scouts
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Sound Scouts utilizes game-based technology to deliver an accessible, reliable, low cost hearing screening solution to eliminate undetected hearing loss and elevate life outcomes.

Sports

Brizi
Toronto, Canada

Brizi automates and monetizes fan content in stadiums.

Payment and FinTech

CNote
Oakland, CA

CNote earns you a 40x better return on your savings with 100% social impact.

Security and Privacy

UnifyID
San Francisco, CA

UnifyID revolutionizes authentication by discovering what makes us unique.

Augmented and Virtual Reality

Lampix
San Francisco, CA

Lampix is a software, hardware and cloud platform that makes augmented reality without glasses by transforming surfaces into smart surfaces.

Innovative World

Thimble.io
Buffalo, NY

Thimble teaches beginners a basic understanding of building electronics through a monthly kit with carefully curated and easy to follow instructions.

Best Bootstrap Company – “The company who has done the most with least”

Kymira
Reading, United Kingdom

KYMIRA have developed a disruptive business model do deliver medical innovation through their Sportswear brand.

Most Innovative Company

Helixworks Technologies
Cork, Ireland

Helixworks makes synthetic DNA for research in Biotech and has developed a technology to store digital data in DNA.

Best One Minute Speed

Lexody
New York, NY

Learning a foreign language? Go on a lex (language exchange)! Practice any language with a native speaker, in person, at one of Lexody’s suggested local meeting places.

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