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The eighth annual SXSW Accelerator pitch competition presented by 24-7 Intouch took place in Startup Village® on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 in front of a live audience as well as a panel of expert judges to discover advancements in various sectors of emerging technology.

Competition Information


We're honored to announce the 2016 Winners of the 8th Annual Accelerator Awards

Finalists and Alternates

Congratulations to the 2016 Finalists who will showcase their products on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13.

Emcees and Judges

For 2016, Emcees and Judges include Founder / CEO of Vista Equity Partners Robert F. Smith, CEO of Book in a Box Tucker Max, and CEO / Editor-in-Chief at Zivity Cyan Banister, to name a few. See the full list of industry leaders who will take part in our event as 2016 Emcees and Judges.

Qualifying Committee, Coaches and On-site Coaches

We are grateful to all the regional and national experts serving as part of the 2016 Accelerator Qualifying Committee, Coaches and On-Site Coaches for the SXSW Accelerator event.

Accelerator Advisory Board

We were fortunate enough to have over 70 national and international experts on the 2016 Accelerator Advisory Board that assist in many aspects of our event.


This year’s application pool of over 470 entries came from all over the globe. We had a number of domestic applicants from all over the country and the highest percentage of those startups came from Austin, San Francisco, New York, and Chicago. Internationally, we received applications from the Netherlands, Germany, Israel, Korea, and France – just to name a few.

How did the competition unfold? On Saturday, March 12 a total of 48 Interactive technology companies captivated a live audience, a panel of judges, and co-emcees in Round One with their ideas, innovations, products, and/or services. These 48 companies were selected by the SXSW Screening Committee from the hundreds of startups from around the world who applied before the Sunday, November 9, 2015 deadline.

On Sunday, March 13 the field of 48 was narrowed down to the top 18 startups that returned to present to a new set of judges and co-emcees for Round Two. At the end of the day, these judges selected the winners for each category. The winners were announced at the SXSW Accelerator Awards.

Event Information

2016 SXSW Accelerator logo


Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13


SXSW Accelerator pitch event occurs within Startup Village at the Hilton Austin Downtown


Interactive, Gold, and Platinum registrants are welcome to attend. Film badges are allowed entry to Rounds One and Two of the Entertainment and Content Technologies category, as well as the SXSW Accelerator Awards.


If you have any questions, here's a handy FAQ.


Following the conclusion of Day Two pitches, the winners went on to be honored the winning startups in each category. Attendees had the chance to meet the finalists and winners, plus network with like-minded registrants while enjoying delicious food and beverages.


Sunday, March 13, 2016 | 7:00 – 9:00pm


Hilton Austin Downtown – 4th floor


Interactive, Film, Gold, and Platinum registrants are welcome to attend.

Accelerator Sponsors

Thanks to our 2016 sponsors who have offered to support this year's event and show their support for all the incredible Finalists.


Since 2009, SXSW Accelerator has showcased more than 300 startups and we are proud to report that 63% of those startups went on to secure a combined $2.6 billion in funding and 13% of those startups have since been acquired by the likes of Google, British Telecom, Huffington Post, Apple, and Live Nation. Check out some of our Accelerator Alums that have pitched throughout the years.


SXSW Startup Village programming, SXSW Music Startup Village and SXSW LAUNCHedu®.


For any press inquiries to SXSW Accelerator startup competition, SXSW Startup Village and the SXSW Interactive Festival, please contact Kelly Krause.

For more information, questions, comments and suggestions about SXSW Accelerator and other Startup Village events, please contact Chris Valentine.

Past Accelerator Winners. Photo by Travis Ball / Getty Images.