Discover the Most Innovative Online Technologies
The eighth annual SXSW Accelerator startup competition 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 63% 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 apply for SXSW Accelerator before the Friday, November 6, 2015 deadline.
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.
ENTER YOUR PROJECT
If you are interested in entering your project into the 2016 SXSW Interactive Accelerator pitch event, learn more about the application process.
DEADLINE TO ENTER YOUR PROJECT
Final deadline to enter 2016 SXSW Accelerator is 11:59pm CT on Friday, November 6, 2015. Entries are NOT allowed after this Friday, November 6, 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!
WHO CAN ATTEND
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 a SXSW Interactive, Gold or Platinum badge, you are welcome to attend.
If you have any questions, here's a handy FAQ.
SXSW ACCELERATOR AWARDS CEREMONY
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).
2015 ACCELERATOR RECAP
To see a complete recap listing of the 2015 SXSW Accelerator Winners and Finalists.
2015 EMCEES AND JUDGES
See the 2015 Emcees and Judges for a full list of all industry leaders who did take part of our event.
2015 ACCELERATOR ADVISORY BOARD
We were fortunate enough to have over 70 national and international experts on the 2015 Accelerator Advisory Board that assist in many aspects of our event.
2015 ACCELERATOR QUALIFYING COMMITTEE, COACHES AND ON-SITE COACHES
We are grateful to all the regional and national experts serving as part of the SXSW Accelerator Qualifying Committee, Coaches and On-Site Coaches for the 2015 SXSW Accelerator event.
2015 ACCELERATOR SPONSORS
Without the support from our sponsors, we wouldn't be able to produce such a successful event, giving startups the kind of exposure they need to get out there and head towards success. Through sponsorship, companies can engage with and raise their profile in the startup community while showing support for emerging talent and creativity. To learn more about these unique sponsorship opportunities, please contact us.
SXSW ACCELERATOR ALUMS
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.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION: For more information, questions, comments and suggestions about SXSW Accelerator and other SXSW Startup Village events, please contact Chris Valentine.