SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event

March 11-12, 2017

The ninth annual SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event will take place at SXSW Startup Village on Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12. A live audience, as well as a panel of expert judges, will discover advancements in various sectors of emerging technology.


SXSW Accelerator presentations at SXSW 2016. Photo by Amanda Brooks Piela.

SXSW Accelerator presentations at SXSW 2016. Photo by Amanda Brooks Piela.

Super Sponsors

About

 

The ninth annual SXSW Accelerator® Pitch Event will take place at SXSW Startup Village at the Hilton Austin Downtown on Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12. A live audience, as well as a panel of expert judges, will discover advancements in various sectors of emerging technology. The best part – product demonstrations by the most ambitious talents in the world with the creative new ideas to change it. Catch a glimpse of the industry’s future, with a guided tour by our emcees and judges.

2017 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 11 and 25 companies on Sunday, March 12. On Sunday, March 12 at 7pm we will host the SXSW Accelerator Award Ceremony and announce a winner from each category.

These 50 companies are selected by the SXSW Screening Committee from the hundreds of startups from across the United States and around the world who apply for SXSW Accelerator.

2017 applications are now closed.

Press

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

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.


SXSW Accelerator Alums: Over $3.1 Billion in Funding

The SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event proudly applauds our alums 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 353 through 2016, 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 2016 achieved the following:

  • 353 companies = 71% funding
  • 14% were acquired
  • Total through 2016= $3.10 billion
    Does not include certain undisclosed funding. This data is as of June 1, 2016.

View 2016 Accelerator Recap here »

Participate

Attend SXSW 2017

Join us for unparalleled discovery, networking, and inspiration at the 2017 SXSW Conference & Festivals in Austin, TX from March 10-19.

Register Today

Explore SXSW Conference Tracks

The SXSW Conference provides an opportunity for global professionals at every level to participate, learn, and network. Each track allows attendees to explore what’s next in the worlds of entertainment, culture, and technology.

Explore Tracks

Spotlight on the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event

The ninth annual SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event will take place at SXSW Startup Village on Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12. A live audience, as well as a panel of expert judges, will discover advancements in various sectors of emerging technology.

2017 Categories

 

For the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event, companies must fall within one of the category descriptions listed below:

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 & Wearables
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.

Innovative World
Any creative and innovative technology that does not fit in another category is encouraged to apply here. Examples of technologies that are currently seeing innovation include (but are not limited) to the 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
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.

Back to top

2017 SXSW Accelerator Advisory Board

 


The individuals listed below were instrumental to the success of the 2017 SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event. Their hard work, diligence, and support in bringing together the future of the technology industry to the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event is greatly appreciated.

Adi Abili
AngelHack
San Francisco, CA

Kaan Akin
Hackquarters-Startup Accelerator
Istanbul, Turkey

Karen Allen
Karen Allen Consulting
Los Angeles, CA

Kathleen Baireuther
Austin Technology Incubator
Austin, TX

Julia Belaya
Plug and Play Tech Center
Sunnyvale, CA

Ilias Benjelloun
MLT New Tech
Montreal, Canada

Seth Berger
Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia, PA

Taylor Bloom
SportTechie
London

Shawna Butler
Singularity University
Austin, TX

Jason Cahill
Traansmission
New York, NY

Cameo Carlson
Borman Entertainment
Nashville, TN

Willy Chu
WeFinance
San Francisco, CA

Ben Clayton
Pop Up Accelerator
Montreal, Quebec

David Cohn
Advance Digital
Berkeley, CA

Bart Collet
Advance Healthcare
Antwerp, Belgium

Steven Cook
FortuneCMO
Marietta, GA

Mike Cotton
Zone Startups Sports & Media
Toronto, Ontario

Cris De Luca
Johnson & Johnson Innovation
Cambridge, MA

Kristof De May
Victoris – Ghent University
Ghent, Belgium

Frank Denbow
Startup Threads
Englewood, NJ

Stephen Deng
Caribou Digital- DFS Lab
Seattle, WA

Chris Denson
Innovation Crush
Los Angeles, CA

Michael Dillhyon
YouBase
Zug, Switzerland

Joshua Duboff
Reuters News Agency
New York, NY

Ryan Falvey
CFSI
San Francisco, CA

Jenny Fielding
Techstars
New York, NY

Andrew Forsdick
Sage Bus Advisors/Vivicast Media
Memphis, TN

Alex Foster
Multiple
Palo Alto, CA

Chris Furmanski
Stanford Health Care
Palo Alto, CA

Sonia Gaillard
Office of the Governor – State of Texas
Austin, TX

Parm Gill
Gill Group
Ottawa, Canada

Jonathan Gottfried
Major League Hacking
New York, NY

Cedric Grignard
Invest in Lyon Agency
Lyon, France

Nate Gross
Doximity and Rock Health
San Francisco, CA

Salome Gudmundsdottir
Icelandic Startups
Reykjavik, Iceland

Kimberly Guiry
ROCeteer
Las Vegas, NV

Michael Gursha
Newhouse School, Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY

Lorin Hamlin
Under Armour
Baltimore, MD

Sissel Hansen
Startup Everywhere
Berlin, Germany

Cortney Harding
Cortney Harding Consulting
Brooklyn, NY

Irena Harris
Canadian Technology Accelerator
New York, NY

Tim Hayden
Stadia Ventures/Saint Louis University
St. Louis, MO

Arno Hermans
Sport eXperience
Eindhoven, Netherlands

Krisztina Holly
The Art of Manufacturing podcast
Los Angeles, CA

Bruce Houghton
Skyline Music | Hypebot.com
Roanoke, VA

Clyde Hutchinson
Journey Partners
Dublin, Ireland

Ayse Inal
Smart Network
Istanbul, Turkey

Eric Kavanagh
The Bloor Group
Austin, TX

Greg Kirkorsky
STATS
Northbrook, IL

Joseph Kosper
moovel Global
Austin, TX

Thomas Knoll
Revelry.co
Minneapolis, MN

Milan Koch
AngelHack
Venice, CA

Joshua Krammes
MergerTech
San Francisco, CA

Om Kundu
InspirAVE – The Internet of Savings
New York, NY

Jan C. Kuster
Founders Fight Club
Munich, Germany

Daniel Laursen
Trendsonline.dk
Copenhagen, Denmark

Jennifer Lee
Plympton
San Francisco, CA

Ofir Leitner
Israel Mobile Summit
Tel Aviv, Israel

Brian Mac Mahon
Expert DOJO
San Monica, CA

Akif Malik
Sports Colab
Hood River, OR

Lisa Mallner
Nordic Startup Bits
Copenhagen, Denmark

Eric Mathews
Start Co.
Memphis, TN

Jonathan Milne
Invest Ottawa
Ottawa, Canada

Antonio Montoya
Rocket Hatch
Huntsville, AL

Kim Moore
Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce
Austin, TX

Dough Newcomb
C3 Group
Hood River, OR

Cagdas Onen
Iyzico
Istanbul, Turkey

Dan Pacheco
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY

Carleen Pan
thisopenspace
New York, NY

Joey Pomerenke
Scotch & Pretzels
Dallas, TX

Sean Power
Repable
Toronto, Canada

Paul Reynolds
Vertex Lab
Portland, OR

John Richards
Startup Ignition, LLC
Provo, UT

Ingrid Riley
ConnectiMass
Kingston, Jamaica

Dan Roselli
Packard Place & QueenCity Fintech
Charlotte, NC

Matthew Santorelli
Walden Cohen Ventures
New York, NY

Jan Schaffer
J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism
Washington, DC

Joy Schoffler
Leverage PR
Austin, TX

Helen Situ
NextVR
Newport Beach, CA

Jennifer Skjellum
TechBirmingham
Birmingham, AL

Mike Smith
TouchPoints
New York, NY

Jewell Sparks
BiTHOUSE
Berlin, Germany

Unity Stoakes
Startup Health
Brooklyn, NY

Danielle Szetho
FinTech Australia
Sydney , Australia

Stefano Tambornini
WyLab
Chiavari, Italy

Sebastien Tanguay
Le CAMP
Quebec, Canada

Todd Tate
Toddtate.net
San Francisco, CA

Huy Nguyen Trieu
The Disruptive Group
London, United Kingdom

Rick Turoczy
PIE
Portland, OR

Amy Webb
Future Today Institute
Washington, DC

Ken Westin
Splunk
Portland, OR

Kevin Winston
Digitalla
Los Angeles, CA

Raven Zachary
Object Theory
Portland, OR

Gloria Zaionz
Innovative Learning Network
San Francisco, CA

Hubert Zajicek
Health Wildcatters
Dallas, TX

Jay Zalowitz
Fanatics
San Francisco, CA

Peter Zana
Black Lab Sports
Boulder, CO

Brian Zisk
SF MusicTech Summit
San Francisco, CA

Back to top

2017 SXSW Accelerator Qualifying Committee & Coaches

 

SXSW Accelerator Qualifying Committee, Coaches, and On-site Coaches contribute significantly to the success of SXSW Accelerator. The Qualifying Committee focuses on the intake of all plans submitted and is responsible for the validating the applications for accuracy, completeness, veracity, and proper categorization. With their vast experience, SXSW Accelerator Coaches work closely with the finalists in the months leading up to the event to assist them in their onstage presentations. On-site Coaches work with the finalists as they rehearse their presentation on Friday, March 10.

Facilitators

Lindsey Schell
Bizologie
Qualifier (Facilitator)

Dean Cruse
Union Metrics
Qualifier (Facilitator)

Greg Wright
University of Houston
Pre-Event Coach (Facilitator)

Brian Lang
Energizing Health
On-site Coach (Facilitator)

Qualifiers, Coaches, and On-Site Coaches

Sivaram Arabandi
Ontopro
On-Site Coach

Tony Averbeck
SubjectWell
Qualifier

Katie Baker
Kauffman Foundation
Pre-Event Coach & On-Site Coach

Steve Barsh
Dreamit
On-Site Coach

Bart Bohn
Austin Technology Incubator and BuildSec Foundry
Qualifier & Pre-Event Coach

Kim Bond-Evans
Seremedi
On-Site Coach

Kara Bortone
Johnson & Johnson
Pre-Event Coach

Zach Brandon
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
On-Site Coach

William Clark
MicroVentures
On-Site Coach

Kyle Cox
ATP Fund
Pre-Event Coach

Michael Crider
The Crider Company
Qualifier

Randall Crowder
TEXO Ventures
On-Site Coach

Cassandra Cuellar
Andrews Kurth, LLP
Qualifier

Dorit Donoviel
Baylor College of Medicine, Center for Space Medicine
On-Site Coach

David Fossas
Independent Marketing Consultant and Techstars Mentor
Qualifier

Jeff Frey
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
On-Site Coach

Juliana Garaizar
Houston Angel Network
On-Site Coach

Benjamin Glenn
Shay Glenn LLP
On-Site Coach

Balaji Gopinath
(https://www.linkedin.com/in/balajigopinath)
On-Site Coach

Jonathan Ha
Dell
Pre-Event Coach

Joanna Heinrich
Spoke Marketing
Qualifier

Yael Hochberg
Rice/MIT/Accelerator Rankings
On-Site Coach

Monica Landers
Authors.me
Qualifier

Blanca Lesmes
BB Imaging and Healthcare Consulting
Qualifier

Deborah Mansfield
Houston Technology Center
Pre-Event Coach

Lesa Mitchell
Merian Ventures
On-Site Coach

Roberto Moctezuma
Fractal River
Pre-Event Coach

Mitchell Mom
Rock Health
Pre-Event Coach

Nadia Morris
AT&T
On-Site Coach

Marc Nathan
Miller Egan
Pre-Event Coach

Hesam Panahi
Rice University
On-Site Coach

Emily Roccheggiani
Adyen
On-Site Coach

Mark Schmulen
Entrepreneur
Pre-Event Coach

Amos Schwartzfarb
Techstars Austin
Pre-Event Coach

Laura Shapland
CareSet System
On-Site Coach

Chris Shonk
ATX Seed Ventures
On Site Coach

Mike Steely
Sparkible
Pre-Event Coach

Chris Treadaway
Polygraph Media
Qualifier

Cindy Walker-Peach
Austin Technology Incubator
Qualifier

Stephen White
Qukku
Pre-Event Coach

Ron Yerkes
RocketSpace
Pre-Event Coach

Back to top

Entry Process Overview

 

2017 applications are now closed.

Startups must apply to be considered for the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event. Please read below for application details.

Eligibility

  • A company’s product / service must have launched no earlier than September 11, 2015.
  • A company’s product / service must not be launched after June 11, 2017.
  • Companies will be allowed to submit only one product / service to the SXSW Accelerator event.
  • Companies who submit more than one product / service will not be eligible to participate in the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event.
  • Founders of the applying startup must retain some portion of ownership in the company to be eligible to participate.
  • Must not have raised over five million in funds from combined funding sources.
  • Product or service must fall within one of the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event categories.
  • 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 SXsocial account. In the meantime, check out SXSW Housing & Travel for more information about our hotels, pricing, reservation policies, and travel information.

    2016 Recap

     

    2016 SXSW Accelerator Emcees and Judges


    SXSW Accelerator relies on hand-picked judges and emcees, qualified to determine the viability of a startup based on their demonstrated business and investment experience. The judging process will determine which of the finalists has the most innovative product or service. The following individuals have agreed to contribute their expertise toward the success of the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event.

    2016 SXSW Accelerator Emcees

    Martin Bryant
    Editor-at-Large
    The Next Web

    Tim Chang
    Managing Director
    Mayfield

    Roger Hamilton
    Founder
    Entrepreneurs Institute

    Leah Hunter
    Writer
    Fast Company

    Andrew Hyde
    Startup Weekend Founder
    Techstars

    Chris Kay
    Senior Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer
    Humana

    Charlene Li
    Founder and CEO
    Altimeter

    Niki Manby
    Chief Operating Officer
    Citi Ventures

    Tucker Max
    CEO
    Book In A Box

    Bob Metcalfe
    Professor of Innovation
    The University of Texas at Austin

    Monty Munford
    Writer
    The Economist

    Mia Saini
    CEO
    Oars + Alps

    Chris Shipley
    Startup Mentor

    Joseph “Yossi” Vardi
    Tech Innovator

    Robin Wauters
    Founding Editor
    Tech.eu

    2016 SXSW Accelerator Judges

    Renata Akhunova
    Partner
    Formula VC Venture Fund

    David Aronoff
    General Partner
    Flybridge Capital Partners

    Cyan Banister
    Evangelist
    AngelList

    Vivek Bhatia
    Partner
    Dermitrax

    David Bohrman
    President
    The Bohrman Group

    Leslie Bottorff
    Managing Director
    GE Ventures

    Sylvain Carle
    Partner
    Real Ventures

    Kevin Colleran
    Managing Director
    Slow Ventures

    Paige Craig
    Managing Partner
    Arenavc.com

    Laura Deming
    Partner
    The Longevity Fund

    Don Dodge
    Developer Relations
    Google

    Stacy Feld
    Senior Director, Consumer Scientific Innovation
    Johnson and Johnson Innovation

    Greg Fettes
    CEO
    24-7 Intouch

    Dylan Flinn
    Director of Investments
    Rothenberg Ventures

    Raj Ganguly
    Co-Founder, Partner
    B Capital Group

    Tim Hayden
    Managing Director
    Stadia Ventures

    Christine Herron
    Director
    Intel Capital

    Jody Holtzman
    SVP – Thought Leadership
    AARP

    Charles Hudson
    Partner
    SoftTech VC

    Nina Kjellson
    General Partner
    Canaan Ventures

    Kay Koplovitz
    Founder
    USA Networks | Springboard Enterprises

    Ethan Kurzweil
    Partner
    Bessemer Venture Partners

    Scott Lenet
    President
    Touchdown Ventures

    Ben Ling
    Managing Partner
    Khosla Ventures

    Kat Manalac
    Partner
    Y Combinator

    Andrew McLaughlin
    Partner
    Betaworks

    Hany Nada
    Managing Director
    GGV Capital

    CJ Reim
    Investor
    Highland Capital Partners

    Robert F Smith
    Founder & CEO
    Vista Equity Partners

    Bryan Stolle
    Founding Partner
    Wildcat Ventures

    Phil Toronto
    Principal
    Vayner/RSE

    Anis Uzzaman
    General Partner & CEO
    Fenox

    Weston Wamp
    Founding Director
    Lamp Post Group

    Hamet Watt
    Venture Partner
    Upfront Ventures

    Bedy Yang
    Managing Partner
    500 Startups; +Innovators

    Back to top

    Stay Tuned

    Sign up to receive the latest announcements, tips, networking invitations and more.