SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event

March 11-12, 2017

The SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event takes place at SXSW Startup Village during SXSW each year. 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.

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About SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event


Applications for the 2018 season open on Monday, June 26. Stay tuned for more information about eligibility and application tips coming soon.

The 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. Winners from each category will be announced during the ceremony. 2017 SXSW Accelerator Emcees: Andrew Hyde (Techstar) and Yiying Lu (500 Startups).

2017 Winners Announced

2017 Accelerator Demo Days

If you miss the pitches. you can still meet each of the 50 finalists at the Accelerator Demo Days on Monday, March 13 from 11am–1:30pm in Salon C at the Hilton Hotel. Finalists will be on hand to demo their product and services.

2017 Super Accelerator

New for this year, we will host a Super Accelerator pitch competition on Monday, March 13 at 5pm in Ballroom EFG at the Austin Convention Center. All ten category winners announced at the Awards Ceremony will be invited back to the stage to pitch once again in front of a new audience and a new set of judges. This competition will select the 2017 Best Startup Pitch Company.


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SXSW Accelerator Alums: Over $3.1 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 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 »

2017 SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event Winners


Congratulations to this year’s ten category winners announced at the SXSW Accelerator Awards ceremony after the two-day competition at SXSW 2017.

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.


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

San Diego, CA

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

Entertainment and Content
San Francisco, CA 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.


Toronto, Canada

Brizi automates and monetizes fan content in stadiums.

Payment and FinTech

Oakland, CA

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

Security and Privacy

San Francisco, CA

UnifyID revolutionizes authentication by discovering what makes us unique.

Augmented and Virtual Reality

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
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”

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

New York, NY

2017 Accelerator Finalists and Alternates


Augmented and Virtual Reality Technologies Finalists

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.

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.

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.

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.


Long Beach, CA

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

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.

Liverpool, United Kingdom

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

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.

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.


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.

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

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.
San Francisco, CA 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.

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.

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.


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.

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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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.

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.


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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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.
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.


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.

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.

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

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.

Oakland, CA

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

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.

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.


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.

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.

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 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.

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

San Francisco, CA

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

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.


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


Los Angeles, CA

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

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.

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

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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
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
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
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
Austin, TX

Rohit Gupta
New York, NY

Bruce Haymes
Wilton, CT

Eric Hellweg
Harvard Business Review
Boston, MA

Christine Herron
Intel Capital
San Francisco, CA

Jody Holtzman
Washington, DC

Leah Hunter
Fast Company
San Francisco, CA

Mohammad Islam
San Francisco, CA

Mohanjit Jolly
Iron Pillar
Palo Alto, CA

Matt Kaufman
San Francisco, CA

Sandy Khaund
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
San Francisco, CA

Vanessa Larco
​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
​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
Seattle, WA

Rick Yang
​Melon Park, CA​


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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.

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.

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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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
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

Shawna Butler
Singularity University
Austin, TX

Jason Cahill
New York, NY

Cameo Carlson
Borman Entertainment
Nashville, TN

Willy Chu
San Francisco, CA

Ben Clayton
Pop Up Accelerator
Montreal, Quebec

David Cohn
Advance Digital
Berkeley, CA

Bart Collet
Advance Healthcare
Antwerp, Belgium

Steven Cook
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
Zug, Switzerland

Joshua Duboff
Reuters News Agency
New York, NY

Ryan Falvey
San Francisco, CA

Jenny Fielding
New York, NY

Andrew Forsdick
Sage Bus Advisors/Vivicast Media
Memphis, TN

Alex Foster
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
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 |
Roanoke, VA

Clyde Hutchinson
Journey Partners
Dublin, Ireland

Ayse Inal
Smart Network
Istanbul, Turkey

Eric Kavanagh
The Bloor Group
Austin, TX

Greg Kirkorsky
Northbrook, IL

Joseph Kosper
moovel Global
Austin, TX

Thomas Knoll
Minneapolis, MN

Milan Koch
Venice, CA

Joshua Krammes
San Francisco, CA

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

Jan C. Kuster
Founders Fight Club
Munich, Germany

Daniel Laursen
Copenhagen, Denmark

Jennifer Lee
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
Istanbul, Turkey

Dan Pacheco
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY

Carleen Pan
New York, NY

Joey Pomerenke
Scotch & Pretzels
Dallas, TX

Sean Power
Toronto, Canada

Paul Reynolds
Vertex Lab
Portland, OR

John Richards
Startup Ignition, LLC
Provo, UT

Ingrid Riley
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
Newport Beach, CA

Jennifer Skjellum
Birmingham, AL

Mike Smith
New York, NY

Jewell Sparks
Berlin, Germany

Unity Stoakes
Startup Health
Brooklyn, NY

Danielle Szetho
FinTech Australia
Sydney , Australia

Stefano Tambornini
Chiavari, Italy

Sebastien Tanguay
Quebec, Canada

Todd Tate
San Francisco, CA

Huy Nguyen Trieu
The Disruptive Group
London, United Kingdom

Rick Turoczy
Portland, OR

Amy Webb
Future Today Institute
Washington, DC

Ken Westin
Portland, OR

Kevin Winston
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
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.


Lindsey Schell
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
On-Site Coach

Tony Averbeck

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

Steve Barsh
On-Site Coach

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

Kim Bond-Evans
On-Site Coach

Kara Bortone
Johnson & Johnson
Pre-Event Coach

Zach Brandon
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
On-Site Coach

William Clark
On-Site Coach

Kyle Cox
ATP Fund
Pre-Event Coach

Michael Crider
The Crider Company

Randall Crowder
TEXO Ventures
On-Site Coach

Cassandra Cuellar
Andrews Kurth, LLP

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

David Fossas
Independent Marketing Consultant and Techstars Mentor

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
On-Site Coach

Jonathan Ha
Pre-Event Coach

Joanna Heinrich
Spoke Marketing

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

Monica Landers

Blanca Lesmes
BB Imaging and Healthcare Consulting

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
On-Site Coach

Marc Nathan
Miller Egan
Pre-Event Coach

Hesam Panahi
Rice University
On-Site Coach

Emily Roccheggiani
On-Site Coach

Mark Schmulen
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
Pre-Event Coach

Chris Treadaway
Polygraph Media

Cindy Walker-Peach
Austin Technology Incubator

Stephen White
Pre-Event Coach

Ron Yerkes
Pre-Event Coach

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2016 Recap


2016 Winners


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.


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


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.


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.

Portland, OR 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.


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:
And the winner of the One-Minute Pitch among alternates: Knocki

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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.


  • 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.

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