SXSW Accelerator®

We are no longer accepting entries for 2016 Accelerator

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

Since its inception in 2009, we’ve seen 305 companies compete and a whopping 65% of those companies went on to receive combined funding in excess of $2.6 billion (does not include undisclosed grants or angel/seed funding) and 13% have since been acquired by the likes of Google, British Telecom, Huffington Post, Apple, Live Nation, OpenTable, Constant Contact, and Harmon.

How does the competition unfold? On Saturday, March 12, 2016 a total of 48 Interactive technology companies will captivate a live audience, a panel of three judges and co-emcees in Round One with their ideas, innovations, products and/or services. These 48 companies are selected by the SXSW Screening Committee from the hundreds of startups from across the United States and around the world who applied for SXSW Accelerator by the November 8 deadline. We are no longer accepting applications.

On Sunday, March 13, 2016 the field of 48 will be narrowed down to the top 18 companies – and these 18 startups will return to present to a new set of co-emcees and judges. At the end of the day on Sunday, these judges will select the grand prize winners for each category. These winners will go on to be honored at the SXSW Accelerator Awards, which occurs at the Hilton that evening.

Be among the first to see the most innovative product demonstrations by the most ambitious talents in the world. Catch a glimpse of the industry's future at SXSW Accelerator 2016.

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If you are interested in entering your project into the 2016 SXSW Interactive Accelerator pitch event, learn more about the application process.


Final deadline to enter 2016 SXSW Accelerator was 11:59pm CT on Sunday, November 8, 2015. Entries are NOT allowed after this Sunday, November 8, 2015 deadline.


For 2016, SXSW Accelerator will likely receive more than 500 entries. Only 48 of these entries will be selected as finalists and invited to present in March in Austin. So, the competition to be part of SXSW Accelerator is extremely tough!


On Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13, 2016, the Interactive portion of SXSW Accelerator pitch event is open to Interactive, Gold, and Platinum badgeholders. SXSW Film badgeholders are allowed entry to Rounds One and Two of the SXSW Accelerator Entertainment and Content Technologies sessions, as well as the SXSW Accelerator Awards.


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


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

2016 Accelerator Premiere Sponsor

24-7 Intouch is not your typical call centre. What they love most about their home is who they share it with. 24-7 Intouch focuses on the employee experience, which is reflected in its innovative culture, modern facilities, and close brand alignment to their Fortune 500 clients. As leaders and disrupters in the contact center industry, 24-7 Intouch provides outsourcing solutions to global brands with dedicated customer experience teams in their own backyard. As you can see, they like to win and obsess about their clients.Official Sponsor for 2016 Accelerator



See the 2016 Emcees and Judges for a full list of all industry leaders who did take part of our event.


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.


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.


Winning startups from each category will be honored at the SXSW Accelerator Awards on Sunday evening, March 13, 2016 at the Hilton Downtown Austin honoring the best of the best of the best SXSW Accelerator entrants.

Attendees will have a chance to meet the winners and the finalists, plus network with like-minded registrants (all while enjoying delicious food and beverages).

SXSW 2015 Accelerator Finalist, Alternates and Winners

Take a look at the 2015 list of Finalists and Alternates that competed in the seventh annual competition and which ones were named the Winner in their category.


Since 2009, SXSW Accelerator has showcased more than 300 startups and we are proud to report that 65% 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.


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

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