SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event – Archive

The SXSW Accelerator® Pitch Event features 50 interactive technology companies from 10 different categories. Each March, these companies dazzle a live audience with their company pitch and Q&A with our panel of judges. Ten category winners are announced at the SXSW Accelerator Awards ceremony after the two-day competition at SXSW.

Browse winners, finalists, judges, and other SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event participants from previous years below.

2017
Winners | Finalists | Emcees | Judges | Advisory Board | Coaches & Qualifiers

2016
Winners

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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


2017 Accelerator Finalists and Alternates

Augmented and Virtual Reality Technologies Finalists

Fibrum
Moscow, Russia

Fibrum Platform is a VR-platform designed for the purpose of involving a user into virtual reality, making it understandable and interesting, analogue of Steam for mobile VR.

Holojam
New York, NY

Holojam is developing technology that works with VR / AR headsets to enable groups of people who are in the same location to share a mixed reality – where the virtual world is blended over the physical world.

Lampix
San Francisco, CA

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

Teleporter VR
Istanbul, Turkey

Teleporter VR is the new generation live event experience company focused live sports, music and e-sports events. The company is building a magical platform using VR, AI and AR technologies.

3dRudder
New York, NY

3dRudder is a foot-powered movement controller, providing the most natural way to move in VR for gamers, designers, architects, and other professionals who work in 3D digital environments.

Alternates

izmocars
Long Beach, CA

Leading provider of automotive imagery, including CG created assets, virtual reality, and other automotive solutions.

VIAR
Seattle, WA

Viar360 is an enterprise focused VR publishing platform that reduces the time, effort and knowledge required to create highly engaging interactive cinematic virtual reality experiences for business use.

Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies Finalists

Deep 6 AI
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.

Helixworks Technologies
Cork, Ireland

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

LivingLens
Liverpool, United Kingdom

LivingLens captures and analyzes video content via speech, actions & sentiment, translating human behavior & attitudes into data & insights

Metadata
San Francisco, CA

For marketing managers in B2B/tech, Metadata amplifies your content marketing campaigns by pairing predictive scoring + programmatic advertising to generate qualified, opt-in conversions.

Speechmatics
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Speechmatics provides the world’s smartest speech recognition technology, harnessing the latest advances in AI and deep learning. With broad language coverage our technology enables enterprises to surface valuable customer insight.

Alternates

ArbiClaims
Los Angeles, CA

ArbiClaims is an online dispute resolution platform. We use court enforceable, binding arbitration to resolve and settle $15k and under disputes remotely via video chat and other online tools.

Pluto AI
Palo Alto, CA

Pluto is an AI-powered analytics platform that water companies use to prevent water wastage, predict asset failures, and minimize operating costs.

Skycision
Pittsburgh, PA

Skycision provides actionable decision support services to farmers that aids in diagnosing crop stress, disease, fertilization needs, and other issues farmers face on a weekly and seasonal basis.

Entertainment and Content Technologies Finalists

Haste
Atlanta, GA

Haste is software that optimizes the internet for people engaged in live, interactive experiences. Haste is currently beta-testing its esports accelerator service which reduces network lag for gamers.

Laugh.ly
San Francisco, CA

Laugh.ly is the first and only streaming app dedicated to stand-up comedy. We have the largest catalog of comedy from over 600 comedians – everyone from Aziz Ansari to Kevin Hart.

MuuseLabs
Brussels, Belgium

MuuseLabs is a family tech consumer electronics company. It develops Jooki – The Jukebox for Kids – a wireless speaker with a figurine-based interface targeted at kids without a smartphone.

Novel Effect
Seattle, WA

Novel Effect makes story time magical by using voice recognition to sync special effects as you tell a story, creating an immersive, interactive and engaging experience.

Triseum
Bryan, TX

Triseum creates high-quality learning games, empowering players to learn through fun, engaging and immersive experiences. Our games are meticulously handcrafted, fully tested and evaluated to provide the ultimate educational experience.

Alternates

Bigvu
New York, NY

BIGVU is the fastest and easiest way to create authentic and captivating videos for social media, education, corporate communications or content marketing.

CogniToys
New York, NY

CogniToys are learning companions in dinosaur form that play games, tell stories, lead guided meditations and more to provide the kind of personalized play experience every child deserves.

Magic Instruments
San Francisco, CA

Magic Instruments is transforming how people play, learn and experience music. Our first product is revolutionary digital guitar that anyone, including people with no musical background, can play in minutes.

Health and Wearables Technologies Finalists

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Bloomlife
San Francisco, CA

Bloomlife is a women’s health company designing the future of prenatal care. We combine wearables with data analytics to reassure moms and provide doctors with better information to improve birth outcomes.

iSono Health
San Francisco, CA

iSono Health is democratizing breast cancer screening by developing a platform that combines automated ultrasound with AI to empower women with regular and accessible breast health monitoring to help with early detection.

Litmus Health
Austin, TX

Litmus Health is a clinical data science platform focused on health-related quality of life. We help researchers make better go and no-go decisions from patients’ environment, lifestyle, diet, and activity.

Saathi
Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Saathi takes a cradle-to-cradle approach to women’s menstrual health. We’ve developed a fully biodegradable sanitary pad from waste banana tree fiber, which don’t need to be burned when disposed, thus helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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.

Alternates

Antelope.Club
Frankfurt, Hessen

ANTELOPE.TECHWEAR is the world’s first performance enhancing sportswear that stimulate each of your major muscle groups. With ANTELOPE you can work out wherever and whenever you want in the most effective way.

NeuroFlow
Philadelphia, PA

NeuroFlow is a digital health software company co-founded by Army Veteran, Christopher Molaro, and Penn bio-engineering PhD, Adam Pardes. Using real-time biometric data, NeuroFlow quantifies and improves mental health assessment.

QuiO
New York, NY

QuiO provides smart injection devices and connected software for monitoring, engaging and supporting patients taking injectable therapies at home.

Innovative World Technologies Finalists

AnyQuip
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

AnyQuip is Canada’s trusted B2B equipment sharing platform and marketplace. We connect companies that own under-utilized heavy equipment directly to qualified contractors looking to rent it. Largest selection, lowest prices.

envi
Los Angeles, CA

envi has perfected detailing a car without water, without scratching. envi is empowering the deaf community with a real income/business opportunity that promoted saving time, water and the planet!

FishViews Wimberly, TX

FishViews creates 360o HD waterway maps delivered to desktop, mobile, or VR devices. We get you on the water without putting you in the boat.

Makerarm
Austin, TX

Makerarm is the world’s first factory on a desktop. A robotic arm with 20 snap-on heads including laser, milling and 3D printing, Makerarm allows you to make anything, anywhere.

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. Examples include a wifi-robot, weather station, quadcopter, etc.

Alternates

Centaur
Ventura, CA

Centaur is the first full-stack IoT provider of solutions for stored agricultural products. Our wireless sensors and cognitive analytics enable spoilage detection and precision pest management of crops.

Inirv
Durham, NC

Inirv has developed an innovative smart kitchen device that uses a combination of sensors and electronics to prevent house fires by turning the burners off before a hazard arises.

Maidbot
Austin, TX

Maidbot is a robotics company on a mission to revolutionize the way humans clean – starting with the world’s very first housekeeping robot for hotels.

Payment and FinTech Technologies Finalists

AssetVault
London, United Kingdom

AssetVault helps consumers to catalogue their physical and digital assets in a secure register, protect assets through insurance products and fully digital wills and unlock value of assets through advanced AI.

CNote
Oakland, CA

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

Envudu
Springville, UT

Natural biases are hard to overcome. What if our biases could work for us instead of against us? Envudu is a “mind hack” that fundamentally changes how you manage money.

Hip Pocket
Lincoln, NE

Hip Pocket’s newest FinTech app, Hip Money, helps you save more money and prepay debt all with a simple swipe right on your phone.

Kickfurther
Boulder, CO

Kickfurther is the first online consignment platform in the world. We connect growing brands with individuals across the United States where both are able to grow their wealth.

Alternates

Claimbot
Austin, TX

Claimbot transforms the way insurance companies interact with customers. We deflect inefficient calls to self-service bots that increase satisfaction, reduce costs and defend revenue put at risk by claims.

FundPaas
San Francisco, CA

Paste anywhere Crowdfunding plug-in – fully functional, end-to-end, Portal-as-a-Service solution. Our “Fund Me” button converts any website into a funding portal. FundPaaS also provide APIs for crowdfunding portals and broker dealers.

Latipay
Auckland, New Zealand

Latipay, enables global business to receive live payment from Chinese consumers through WeChat, Alipay JDPay and 19 Chinese Banks.

Security and Payment Technologies Finalists

Cyber Warrior Network
San Antonio, TX

First Career and Workforce Matching Software that helps companies find, hire and retain the best transitioning military cyber talent. Think of it as a hybrid of match.com for the candidates and LinkedIn for recruiters seeking cyber candidates.

Emergent Network Defense
Washington, DC

Predict and prevent hacks before they start. Emergent uses existing enterprise systems and swarming artificial intelligence to explore millions of loss scenarios; identifying hacks that make Fortune 500 executives nervous.

SAASPASS
San Francisco, CA

The world’s only Full stack Identity & Access Management. MFA, SSO, Password Management, Endpoint Access Management all in one. Security in the background, passwordless convenience for the user

umboCV
San Francisco, CA

A neural network based artificial super intelligence that sees the world as we do.

UnifyID
San Francisco, CA

UnifyID revolutionizes authentication by discovering what makes us unique. We’re getting rid of passwords by combining machine learning and sensor data to maximize the user experience while reducing fraud.

Alternates

Daplie
Provo, UT

Started in 2015, Daplie is a technology and hardware company that manufactures ‘Cloud’ – an easy to use server for the home. Cloud stores data and controls connected devices via its own infrastructure and is accessible from an owner-chosen domain name. Rather than data passing through and being stored on service-provider servers, subject to terms of service, Cloud is the first infrastructure to put the owner in absolute control of the services they use and devices they own in the next step of the internet of everything.

Guardian Zone
Colleyville, TX

Guardian Zone is a woman-owned security software-as-a-service company. Our mobile app and software allow smartphone users to immediately connect with venue security in medium and large venues during emergency situations.

Thumbs Up!
Austin, TX

Thumbs Up! is a trust network for the new economy. We help you confidently work with, buy from, and share with peers everyday.

Social and Culture Technologies Finalists

4Gifters
Milan, Italy

4Gifters is the first social e-gifting platform allowing users to Gift, Group Gift and pick up from luxury brand stores all over the world.

Envy
San Diego, CA

Envy is a visual search engine, based on your location. Rethink the way you find the services and products you want. Swipe right if you love it, left if you don’t.

Lily
San Diego, CA

Lily helps women discover & buy clothes that make them look & feel their best. It’s first ever perception engine technology understands a woman’s emotions, perceptions & aspirations about clothing.

Module
Pittsburgh, PA

Module is reimagining home for the 21st century. Our incremental housing technology and interactive design platform provide affordable, well-designed homes that change as your needs do.

NextBillion
Vancouver, Canada

NextBillion.org is a community where people with visible and invisible disabilities connect with industry leaders for personalized mentorships, and get access to jobs and resources.

Alternates

Dip
Los Angeles, CA

Dip allows users to buy access to specific hotel amenities, instead of having to buy a room.

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.

Unboundly
San Francisco, CA

Enabling more people to experience the world for less. Unboundly’s groundbreaking technology creates customized flight routes, saving travelers time and money.

Sports Technologies Finalists

Brizi
Toronto, Canada

Brizi automates and monetizes fan content in stadiums. Augmented Reality robotic cameras are remote-controlled by fans to instantly snap & share photos of themselves.

HorseAnalytics GmbH
Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany

HorseAnalytics empowers horse enthusiasts to monitor and improve health and training of horses by applying reliable technologies from health and sports supervision and combining constant and real-time scientific analytics.

Kymira
Reading, United Kingdom

KYMIRA have developed a disruptive business model do deliver medical innovation through their Sportswear brand. They’re developing the smart clothing of tomorrow for a cleaner, safer and healthier planet.

Season Share
Los Angeles, CA

There are 3.2M season ticket holders in the US, 70% share with other sports fans. Season Share is a proprietary mobile technology for buying & sharing season tickets.

Wyp Aviation
Huntsville, AL

Passionate, inspired, with just a touch of crazy. From design to prototype to flight test, Wyp Aviation has the knowledge and flexibility to take aviation to the next level.

Alternates

Matchday
Dublin, Ireland

Live sport gaming company. Sports viewers make predictions in real time about a live game, earn points and redeem prizes.

Player’s Health
Chicago, IL

Player’s Health is a risk management platform for sports organizations that reduces the health liability for youth athletic programs, and coaches by entrusting “return-to-play” decision-making to the athlete’s caregiver/medical professional.

SportsGuru
New York, NY

SportsGuru offers broadcasters, publishers, brands, and teams improved fan-engagement, by combining a user-friendly video capture and curation technology, creator community, and video distribution, to be the hub for sports-fan opinions.

Transportation Technologies Finalists

Driver Watchdog
Buffalo, NY

Driver Watchdog is The Smart Driver’s Companion. Assisting in proactively avoiding unsafe situations with on demand behavior correction capabilities. We are Intelligent Driving.. Reinvented.

Fingertips Lab
San Francisco, CA

Fingertips Lab’s first product is O6, an IoT device and mobile app that allows you to engage with your phone while driving, without looking at or touching a screen.

HAAS Alert
Chicago, IL

V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) platform delivers real-time preemptive safety information to motorists, smart cities, connected and autonomous cars. Helping drivers and vehicles make smarter decisions by informing them of the road ahead.

Spatial.ia
Detroit, MI

Artificial intelligence location platform and API that enables vehicles to answer location questions only a local would know using real-time social data.

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.

Alternates

BlyncSync
Broken Arrow, OK

Designed to assist in minimizing the risk of accidents in the trucking industry, the BlyncSync platform hosts multiple biometric devices, and provides real time & projected fatigue levels of drivers.

Parade
Berkeley, CA

Parade is a software company that produces big data and artificial intelligence solutions for transportation companies to enable faster communications, smarter decision making, and increased freight opportunity optimizations.

Toposens
Munich, GA

Toposens is a sensor company from Munich providing robust, ultra-low power and low-cost 3D sensors for the Internet of Things and autonomous vehicles to enterprises.


2017 SXSW Accelerator Emcees

Andrew Hyde
Techstar
Boulder, CO

Andrew Hyde

Andrew Hyde has a passion for community, writing, travel and startups. He founded Startup Weekend, three other startups and was employee #1 at Techstars. Most recently he wrote a book named This Book is About Travel which reached the #1 sales slot for iBooks and Amazon’s travel sections. He is a co-owner of his favorite cafe in the world in Trident Booksellers and Cafe in Boulder, Colorado.

Yiying Lu
500 Startups
San Francisco, CA

Yiying Lu

Yiying Lu is an award-winning designer with more than 10 years of experience in the creative realm. Her projects have been featured in many publications, including The New York Times, Forbes, The Atlantic, NBC News, TIME, and more. Notable projects include the official Dumpling Emoji, the Twitter Fail Whale, Conan O’Brien’s Pale Whale, and the SXSW Interactive Big Bag Art.


2017 SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event Judges

SXSW Accelerator relies on hand-picked judges, 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 event.

Abhi Anuket
Magnivia Ventures
New York, NY

Jeremy Bloom
Integrate.com
Los Angeles, CA

Julie Bort
Business Insider
San Francisco, CA

Elizabeth Burstein
Product at Blue Apron, former Wildcat Venture Partners
New York, NY

Sylvain Carle
Real Ventures
Montreal, Canada

Karen Cheah
Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific
Singapore, Singapore

Kevin Colleran
Slow Ventures
Boston, MA

Paige Craig
Arena Ventures
Los Angeles, CA

Sara Deshpande
Maven Ventures
San Francisco, CA

Don Dodge
Google
Boston, MA

David Dufresne
500 Startups Canada
Montreal, Canada

Ben Dyer
Polygraph Media
Austin, TX

Stacy Feld
Johnson and Johnson
San Francisco, CA

Stephen Forte
Fresco Capital
Menlo Park, CA

Jacqueline Garavente
Union Square Ventures
New York, NY

Richard Garriott
Portalarium
Austin, TX

Rohit Gupta
SterlingVC
New York, NY

Bruce Haymes
Nielsen
Wilton, CT

Eric Hellweg
Harvard Business Review
Boston, MA

Christine Herron
Intel Capital
San Francisco, CA

Jody Holtzman
AARP
Washington, DC

Leah Hunter
Fast Company
San Francisco, CA

Mohammad Islam
DFJ
San Francisco, CA

Mohanjit Jolly
Iron Pillar
Palo Alto, CA

Matt Kaufman
Crunchbase
San Francisco, CA

Sandy Khaund
InStadium
San Francisco, CA

Laura Kilcrease
Alberta Innovates
Edmonton, Canada

Nina Kjellson
Canaan Partners
San Francisco, CA

Kay Koplovitz
Springboard Enterprise
New York, NY

Vanessa Larco
NEA
San Francisco, CA

Vanessa Larco
NEA
San Francisco, CA

Scott Lenet
Touchdown Ventures
Los Angeles, CA

Phil Libin
General Catalyst
San Francisco, CA

Alice Lloyd George
RRE Ventures
New York, NY

Jesse Middleton
Flybridge Capital Partner
New York, NY

Michael Murphy
Rosecliff Ventures
New York, NY

Hany Nada
GGV Capital
Menlo Park, CA

Shervin Pishevar
Sherpa Capital
San Francisco, CA

Marc Rothmans
Kindred
Louisville, KY

Mia Saini
Oars + Alps
Chicago, IL

Jeff Slobotski
Router Ventures
Omaha, NE

Kathleen Utecht
Core Innovation Capital
San Francisco, CA

Yossi Vardi
International Technologies
Tel Aviv, Israel

Werner Vogels
Amazon
Seattle, WA

Rick Yang
NEA
Melon Park, CA


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 Mey
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

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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

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2016 Winners

Enterprise and Smart Data

Presented by Rackspace

Parknav
San Francisco, CA
Parknav provides real-time on-street parking availability data to automotive, fleet, real-estate and internet companies. Its service covers over 70 cities 24/7 in the US and EU, and its customers embed this data into navigation systems, maps and real estate listings.

Entertainment and Content Technologies

PopUp Play
Austin, TX
PopUp Play creates experiences for kids that blend screen time with play time.

Health and Wearable Technologies

Presented by Allscripts

MUrgency
San Francisco, CA
MUrgency is using the power of mobile technology and networks to make emergency medical response available to anyone, anytime, anywhere with just one tap on a mobile phone or through auto alerts from sensors / wearables for high risk population.

Innovative World Technologies

Presented by Brother

Rorus
Pittsburgh, PA
Rorus makes the Filter Pack, the first comprehensive solution for carrying and instantly purifying drinking water, removing both biological and chemical contaminants. We use new nanotechnology and user-centered design to make the simplest filters in the world for humanitarian relief.

Payment and Fintech Technologies

Chroma.fund
Portland, OR
Chroma.fund is a blockchain-based exchange for trading stocks and bonds issued by early stage companies. Our software is used by financial firms who wish to build and trade software-defined ETFs. We’re a Techstars company based in Portland, OR.

Virtual Reality Technologies

Presented by Google Cloud

Splash
Berlin, Germany
Your reality. Shared. Capture a 360 degree videos on your mobile in seconds, share it to any social network & view it in VR.

The winner of the Best Bootstrap Company (the company who has done the most with least): Hearken
The winner of the Most Innovative Company: Vantage.tv
And the winner of the One-Minute Pitch among alternates: Knocki

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