SXSW Accelerator® Alums: Over $1.748 Billion in Funding

Now that we have your attention, the SXSW Accelerator startup competition proudly applauds our alums and the millions of funding along the way. In six short years, we launched our startup platform for finalists with great ideas and hopefully find a match with top investors both nationally and internationally.

From our inaugural year of 23 participants to a total of 257 through 2014, 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

And some winners you may not know, but will who have garnered funding in the millions like Skully Helmet, WeVideo and Trustev promise to disrupt and get attention very soon.

Past SXSW Accelerator competition finalist from 2009 to 2014 achieved the following:

  • 257 companies = 50% funding
  • 12% were acquired
  • Total through 2014= $1.748 Billion

Want to get our attention, or specifically an investor? Apply here to present the next great idea at SXSW Accelerator 2015. The application deadline is Friday, November 7— don't miss the opportunity to present your startup dream and change your future. Who knows, it could mean millions. Or Billions.

SXSW Accelerator 2015: dream it. pitch it. fund it.

Case Studies

The following Case Studies provide an in-depth focus on several SXSW Accelerator Alumni.

BrandYourself
Syracuse, NY
2012 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Case Study of success following participation

Foodspotting
San Francisco, CA
2010 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Case Study of success following participation

Funf
Cambridge, MA
2012 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Case Study of success following participation

GameSalad
RoundRock, TX
2010 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Case Study of success following participation

NutshellMail
Atherton, CA
2010 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Case Study of success following participation

Ovelin
San Francisco, CA
2012 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Case Study of success following participation

Rockbot (formerly Roqbot)
Oakland, CA
2011 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Case Study of success following participation

Spredfast
Austin, TX
2010 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Case Study of success following participation

Viztu
Cambridge, MA
2012 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Case Study of success following participation

Company Highlights

Provided below are a few highlights of past SXSW Accelerator Finalists. Please keeping checking back as we will continue to add companies to this list.

2009

Klout
Los Angeles, CA
Klout helps millions of people unlock their influence and grow their Klout through social media. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Klout has received $40 million in funding. In February 2012, Klout acquired mobile and local neighborhood app Blockboard and in March 2014, Klout was purchased by Lithium for $100 million.

OtherInBox
Austin, TX
2009 SXSW Accelerator Participant
OtherInBox creates free, innovative tools to make email better. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, OtherInBox has received $3.8 million in funding and was acquired by Return Path in January of 2012. The former CEO of OtherInBox now is now the Co-Founder of Austin-based accelerator Capital Factory.

Overlay.tv
Ottawa, Canada
2009 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Overlay.tv helps online retailers create, manage and deliver interactive video experiences to drive traffic, increase conversion and engage shoppers. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Overlay.tv has received over $8 million in funding. Their services are have been praised by Hollywood Records and Armani Exchange (Juicy Coutre and Yves Saint Laurent have used as well.)

Piryx
Austin, TX
2009 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Piryx's online fundraising platform helps causes raise money online fast and effectively. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Piryx received $7.9 million. Piryx has been reborn as rally.org.

Ribbit
Mountainview, CA
2009 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Ribbit Corporation, a phone company, provides voice and Web services to consumers and businesses. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Ribbit has received $11 million in funding. They were acquired by British telecom in July 2008 as a part of their new Technology, Service and Operations (TSO) organization.

Thrive
New York, NY
2009 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Thrive is an online money-management software that enables users to manage their budget and provides a free credit score. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator. Thrive was acquired in full by LendingTree in February 2009.

Tubemogul
Emeryville, CA
2009 SXSW Accelerator Participant
TubeMogul is a technology service used by marketing agencies and brands to buy video advertising across multiple inventory sources. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Tubemogul has received over $53 million in funding. In 2008, Tubemogul acquired the nanotechnology research and development company, Illuminex. The company has taken on top executives such as Chip Scovic, former head of Google’s Media Platforms business for brands. Tubemogul went public July 17, 2014.

Weardrobe
Palo Alto, CA
2009 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Weardrobe provides a social platform for people to share reviews of their own clothing, post photos of their looks, catalog their closet and search for style inspiration. After participating in SXSW Accelerator, Weardrobe was selected as one of 18 startups to win Facebook’s fbFund competition in May of 2009. Weardrobe was acquired by Like.com in November 2009 who was then acquired by Google in August 2010.

2010

Aha Radio
Palo Alto, CA
2010 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Aha Radio organizes content from the web into personalized, live, and on-demand radio stations. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Aha Radio has received $3 million in funding and was acquired by Harmon in September, 2010. Aha continues to work with third parties to create customized Web content on their products by leveraging its proprietary platform.

Bump Technologies
Mountain View, CA
2010 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Bump Technologies allows two smartphones to identify one another and share data by simply being bumped together. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Bump Technologies has received over $19 million in funding. With Bump 2.0 you can now transfer files from your phone to computer! Bump Technologies was acquired by Google in September 2013.

Foodspotting
San Francisco, CA
2010 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Foodspotting allows its users to visually find individual food items in major cities. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Footspotting has received over $3.5 million in total funding and was acquired by Opentable in January, 2013. Foodspotting services are available for over 10,000 plus cities worldwide.

GameSalad
Round Rock, TX
2010 SXSW Accelerator Participant
GameSalad makes game creation and distribution fun and accessible to everyone. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, GameSalad has received over $7 million in funding. A few creators that have been extremely successful due to GameSalad include E-Pig Games, Nexus Games Studio, and Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas.

Khush
Atlanta, GA
2010 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Khush product LaDiDa is a reverse karaoke iPhone application. When you sing into the phone, LaDiDa analyzes your voice and composes music to match. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Khush has received $120k in funding. Their latest creation, Autorap, was recently the third most downloaded app in the world! Acquired by Mule on December 2, 2011.

NutshellMail
Atherton, CA
2010 SXSW Accelerator Participant
NutshellMail from Constant Contact tracks your brand's social media activity and delivers a summary to your email inbox on your schedule. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, NutshellMail was acquired by Constant Contact in May 2010.

reMail
San Francisco, CA
2010 SXSW Accelerator Participant
reMail is an email app that downloads all your email to your iPhone and offers a comprehensive email search. In February of 2010, reMail was acquired by Google.

Siri
San Jose, CA
2010 SXSW Accelerator Participant Siri allows your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Siri has received over $24 million in total funding and was acquired by Apple in April, 2010. Siri has transformed the mobile phone experience and is used worldwide starting with the iPhone 4S.

ShopSavvy
Dallas, TX
2010 SXSW Accelerator Participant
ShopSavvy is best known for its mobile app that allows consumers to scan barcodes to find the best deal from local and online retailers. It was the first mobile shopping application that incorporated barcode scanning as its primary search mechanism.Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, ShopSavvy has received $11.5 million in funding.

Spredfast
Austin, TX
2010 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Spredfast provides social marketing software that allows organizations to manage, monitor, and measure their social media programs at scale. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Spredfast has received over $64.1 million in funding.

Wildfire
Palo Alto, CA
2010 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Wildfire’s Social Marketing Suite combines best-of-breed social promotion and advertising software, robust mobile and desktop page management, messaging and sophisticated real-time analytics in one complete platform. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Wildfire received over $14 million in funding. They were acquired by Google in July 2012 for a sum of $350 million.

2011

Apture
San Francisco, CA
2011 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Apture allows publishers to link and incorporate media. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Apture has received $4.6 million in funding and was acquired by Google in November, 2011.

Blockboard
San Francisco, CA
2011 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Blockboard is a mobile bulletin board that uses your iPhone to connect you with your neighbors. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Blockboard received $1 million in funding and was acquired by Klout in February of 2012.

Gazehawk
Mountain View, CA
2011 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Gazehawk provides eye tracking services using ordinary webcams. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Gazehawk was acquired by Facebook in March of 2012.

Hipmunk
San Francisco, CA
2011 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Hipmunk makes booking travel faster and easier. Their innovative layout gives a new perspective to flight mapping for the traveler. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Hipmunk has received over $40.2 million in funding.

Kabbage
Atlanta, GA
2011 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Kabbage delivers small businesses financing. Both ecommerce and brick-and-mortar small businesses turn to Kabbage when they need fast cash advances. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Kabbage has received over $465.4 million in funding. In May 2012, Kabbage was named a Red Herring 100 North American Winner, which recognizes the top private companies in the Americas who have developed sustainable, long-term innovations and exhibit growth potential.

Localocracy
Salem, MA
2011 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Localocracy provides an online town common where registered voters, using real names, can weigh in on local issues. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Localocracy has received $173 thousand in funding and was acquired by the Huffington Post in October of 2011.

Orbotix
Boulder, CO
2011 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Orbotix focuses on bringing a new concept of fun through robotics and phone-controlled open devices. Their first product, Sphero, uses Orbotix’s API to create the first robotic ball gaming device controlled by your smartphone. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Orbotix has received $36.1 million in funding. The latest product from Orbotix, Sphero 2.0, rolls up to an impressive 7 feet per second.

Portalarium
Austin, TX
2011 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Portalarium develops and publishes premium online games and virtual worlds. and related services and products. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Portalarium has received $9.4 million in funding. Richard Garriott’s most recent creation, Shroud of the Avatar™: Forsaken Virtues, has raised over $2 million in crowd funding through Kickstarter.

Rockbot
Oakland, CA
2011 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Rockbot (formerly known as Roqbot) is a new social music platform for businesses that engages customers by acting as a remote control jukebox containing over 7 million songs. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Rockbot has received $1.2 million in funding.

Sifteo
San Francisco, CA
2011 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Sifteo Cubes is an award-winning interactive game system built on the timeless play patterns of legos, building blocks, and domino tiles.Sifteo Cubes communicate wirelessly and respond to each other and your gestures. (Tilt, flip, shake, neighbor, press! ) Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Sifteo has received $13.5 million in funding. In 2012 Fastcompany listed Sifteo in the Top 10 Consumer Electronics of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies. “10 Ten Most Innovative Consumer Electronics Companies." Acquired by 3D Robotics on July 30, 2014.

Storify
San Francisco, CA
2011 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Storify turns what people post on social media into compelling stories that can be embedded anywhere. With Storify, you collect the best photos, video, quotes from Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and more to publish them as simple, beautiful stories that can be embedded anywhere. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Storify has received $2.02 million in funding. Storify was acquired by Livefyre in September 2013.

Smartling
New York, NY
2011 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Smartling localizes your website and mobile applications to drive global brand engagement. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Smartling has received over $63.1 million in funding.

Tango
Palo Alto, CA
2011 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Tango allows for free video and voice calls, texts, photo sharing, games and more. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Tango has received $369.2 million in funding. In July 2013, USA Today Talking Tech named Tango the most essential video communication app. As of September 2013, Tango reached over 150 million users.

2012

Behavio (formerly known as Funf)
Cambridge, MA
2012 SXSW Accelerator Participant
The Funf Open Sensing Framework is an extensible sensing and data processing framework for mobile devices, supported and maintained by their new company Behavio. The core concept is to provide an open source, reusable set of functionalities, enabling the collection, uploading, and configuration of a wide range of data signals accessible via mobile phones. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Behavio was acquired by Google in April 2013.

BrandYourself
Syracuse, NY
2012 SXSW Accelerator Participant
BrandYourself empowers you to control what people when they Google your name and to look great when employers, clients, and even dates Google you. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, BrandYourself has received $4.8 million in funding. NPR referred to BrandYourself as the “digital version of combing your hair before an interview.”

Ovelin
Tampere, Finland
2012 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Ovelin teaches you to play the guitar by playing games with your real guitar. Their iPad ap WildChords won in the Music Technologies category at SXSW Accelerator 2012. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Ovelin has received $1.4 million in funding. In June 2013, their latest product, GuitarBots, won “Best Technology” at Launch Education & Kids 2013.

Viztu Technologies
Tampere, Finland
2012 SXSW Accelerator Participant
The premise behind Viztu Technologies is to enable easily printable 3D content. After winning the Innovative Web Technologies category in SXSW Accelerator, Viztu was acquired by 3D Systems Corporation in June 2012 and was incorporated into their Cubify platform.

Jiff
Palo Alto, CA
2012 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Jiff’s scalable digital health management solutions offer healthcare organizations new, innovative, and fun ways to engage with consumers that lower costs and time to market, change behavior and improve health outcomes. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Jiff has received $26.8 million in funding. Their latest digital health platform Health Outcomes Marketplace, a collaboration between Jiff Inc. and Towers Watson, enables employers to improve health outcomes among their employees through workplace wellness programs.

OneID
San Jose, CA
2012 SXSW Accelerator Participant
OneID allows businesses and individuals to manage their own identity online in a way that is both simple and secure. It couldn’t be based on passwords which are no longer simple or secure. It would have to work as well for business as it does for the individual. And it would have to come from a company that could truly be trusted, a company whose entire business is about securing and protecting identity. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, OneID has received $7 million in funding.

Prism Skylabs
San Francisco, CA
2012 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Prism Skylabs enables people to use cameras they already have to create powerful visual analytics that benefit their entire organization. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Prism Skylabs has received $24 million in funding. In March 2012 Prism Skylabs announced its integration with Video Intelligence Leader 3VR and in September 2012 Skylabs announced OS integrations, advancing their services to system to cloud service with Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.

Simplee
Palo Alto, CA
2012 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Simplee®PAY is a Cloud-based platform for patient payments and engagement that achieves a 15x leap over historical online adoption, dramatically lower collection costs, and higher patient satisfaction. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Simplee has received $17.8 million in funding.

Toopher
Austin, TX
2012 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Toopher prevents online fraud and identity theft using the location-awareness of your smartphone. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Toopher has received $2 million in funding. In January 2013, ATI announced that Toopher had officially graduated into its Incubator as an IT portfolio company.

Trapit
Austin, TX
2012 SXSW Accelerator Participant
We Video is the leading online video creation platform, providing editing, collaboration, and sharing capabilities across any device. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, We Video has received over $20.3 million in funding.

We Video
Sunnyvale, CA
2012 SXSW Accelerator Participant
We Video is the leading online video creation platform, providing editing, collaboration, and sharing capabilities across any device. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, We Video has received over $19 million in funding.

2013

Desti
Menlo Park, CA
2013 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Desti is the smartest travel guide for the iPad - an all-in-one app for travel discovery and planning. Desti delivers a holistic and personalized travel search and planning experience by finding precisely the right places and events based on your needs and preferences. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Desti has received over $3.5 million in funding. Acquired by Nokia on May 30, 2014.

Narrative (formerly known as Memoto)
Stockholm, Sweden
2013 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Formerly known as Memoto, Narrative’s Lifelogging camera is a tiny wearable camera that automatically captures your life in still photos. Just clip it on your clothes and it starts taking pictures. You can then access your photos in a searchable and shareable way through Narrative’s smartphone apps for iPhone and Android. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Narrative has received over $12.2 million in funding to date.

Neurotrack
Palo Alto, CA
2013 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Neurotrack works to transform the treatment Alzheimer’s disease by diagnosing it up to six years before symptoms occur. Their non-invasive test and resources give pharmaceutical companies better tools to recruit patients for clinical trials. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, Neurotrack has received over $2 million in funding.

TastemakerX
San Francisco, CA
2013 SXSW Accelerator Participant
TastemakerX is a social game for music discovery. The platform allows users to express musical tastes and preferences by building virtual collections of the artists they love, and connect with like-minded music fans. TastemakerX is free to join and is currently available on iOS. Since participating in SXSW Accelerator, TastemakerX has received over $6 million in funding. Acquired by Rdio on July 1, 2014.

2014

Bionym
Toronto, ON
2014 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Bionym develops biometric and authentication technologies and applications for consumer electronics. Bionym has raised $15.4 million for its innovative, state-of-the-art biometric recognition technologies. Recently the company launched Nymi, a wristband that uses your unique cardiac rhythm to authenticate your identity. Choosing to forgo traditional crowdfunding platforms, the Bionym team instead launched a campaign on their own website, selling over $400,000 in the first two weeks.

Skully Helmets
San Francisco, CA
2014 SXSW Accelerator Participant
With over $1.7 million in early financing the Skully AR-1, a high-tech helmet aimed at making motorcycle riding safer by letting riders see what’s behind them. The AR-1 will introduce a new era in intelligent transportation by combining optics, intelligent vehicle systems and connectivity to deliver unprecedented levels of safety. The helmet connects to both iPhone and Android devices via Bluetooth. Other features include GPS navigation, speakers, a microphone and voice control. "The most anticipated motorcycle helmet ever produced" - Road & Track and "The beginning of a motorcycle tech revolution." - Popular Mechanics

Trustev
Cork City, Ireland
2014 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Trustev provides a data fingerprinting platform that helps to reduce e-commerce fraud to near-zero. An EU Commission has named Trustev as the EU’s Top Startup, a prestigious honor for a company that has obtained $3.8 million in funding and proves the identity of a shopper by creating a Social Fingerprint based on online interactions along with data sources that ensure the customer is in the proper geographic location.

The Eye Tribe
Copenhagen, Denmark
2014 SXSW Accelerator Participant
Eye Tribe develops software that enables eye control on mobile devices and computers, allowing hands-free navigation. With over $4.1 million in funding, The Eye Tribe Tracker is an aftermarket eye tracker currently available for Windows-based tablets and computers. The product serves many functions from gaming to reading. Built to work with any Windows 7 or 8 device with a USB 3 interface, The Eye Tribe Tracker allows users to navigate, interact and actuate software running on the device, purely by tracking eye movement or by a combination of eye tracking and touch. An Android version was launched in early 2014.