Rules For Entering Your Startup in SXSW Accelerator Presented by 24-7 InTouch

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Startups must apply to be considered for the SXSW Accelerator startup competition. The application process is now closed. The deadline to apply was Sunday, November 8, 2015. Please read below for application details.


  • A company’s product / service must have launched no earlier than March 12, 2015.

  • A company’s product / service must not be launched after June 12, 2016.

  • 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 startup competition.

  • 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 startup competition categories.

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

    Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies
    The Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies category encompasses technologies that facilitate the comprehension and application of information and information workflows. These startups seek to improve productivity for businesses and/or individuals. Big data, cognitive computing, analytics, AI, data security, and related aspects of data collection, management, analysis, presentation, interpretation, and augmentation are examples of the technologies appropriate for this category.

    Entertainment and Content Technologies
    The Entertainment and Content Technologies category highlights applications and technologies for gaming, music, film, television, video, news and publishing, streaming and digital storytelling, as well as new and hybrid forms of entertainment. These are reinventing the ways in which we learn, relax and enjoy our time. This category also contains technologies that focus on the entertainment components of various cultural sectors such as sports, travel, and dining.

    Health and Wearable Technologies
    The Health and Wearable Technologies category focuses on human-centric health applications and technologies 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 Technologies
    Any creative and innovative technology that does not fit in another category is encouraged to apply here. We are currently seeing lots of innovation in the Internet of Things, privacy, transportation such as autonomous vehicles, energy, space, natural resources, agriculture, and robotics. If your business / service / application applies to one of these fields (or something not on this list that is even more ground-breaking), then this is your category.

    Payment and FinTech Technologies
    Technologies that deliver new consumer or business payment methods, including new forms of currency; that deal with the extension of credit and other lending processes; equities trading; transaction processing; asset management, insurance and any other functions traditionally provided by banks and investment banks are welcome in this category. Major banks are themselves beginning to create “iBanks” – evidence that there is considerable entrepreneurial opportunity for disruption in this category.

    Virtual Reality Technologies
    Companies with concepts using VR and other novel visualization technologies, including applications for Cardboard, Oculus Rift, and other emerging offerings from industry giants, are encouraged to apply in this category. The foundation technologies are rapidly becoming available; who has an idea to capitalize on this fast emerging trend? Applications may address such uses as gaming, entertainment, data visualization, education, medical care, warfare, transportation, and more. If your concept makes novel use of VR, choose this category over any of the market categories about. This will be your show.

    PLEASE NOTE: SXSW reserves the right to place company applicants in the most relevant category at SXSW's sole discretion. This includes changing an applicant's category based on response to the event and/or the applicant organization choosing a non-relevant category.

    For a listing of the Frequently Asked Questions about the SXSW Accelerator startup competition, please click here.

    All preliminary application information that is submitted is confidential and will be only viewed by SXSW staff and the selected judging panelist.

    Application Fee
    A non-refundable $200 entry fee is required from all applicants who would like to be considered for participation in the event. All SXSW Accelerator entrants will be given the chance to register to attend SXSW Interactive at the lowest early-bird rate, if they are not chosen as an SXSW Accelerator startup competition finalist.

    No refund will be given to any application that has been submitted. If you have any concerns regarding our fees and/or the application process please contact Chris Valentine prior to submitting an application. If you wish to register before being notified by SXSW on your status as an applicant to the SXSW Accelerator startup competition you will not be eligible for a refund.

    For More Information
    Have more questions? Reach out to Chris Valentine about any questions you have regarding the SXSW Accelerator startup competition.

    Enter Your Project
    To access the online application for SXSW Accelerator, click here.