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The eighth annual SXSW Accelerator pitch 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.
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 does the competition unfold? On Saturday, March 12 a total of 48 Interactive technology companies will captivate 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 will be narrowed down to the top 18 startups that will return to present to a new set of judges and co-emcees for Round Two. At the end of the day, these judges will select the winners for each category. The 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.
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 and CEO Robert F. Smith, CEO Tucker Max and angel investor 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.
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.
SXSW ACCELERATOR AWARDS CEREMONY
Following the conclusion of Day Two pitches, join us to honor the winning startups in each category. Attendees will have a chance to meet the finalists and winners, plus network with like-minded registrants while enjoying delicious food and beverages.
Sunday, March 13, 2016 | 7:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown – 4th floor
Interactive, Film, Gold and Platinum registrants are welcome to attend.
Thanks to our 2016 sponsors who have offered to support this year's event and show their support for all the incredible Finalists.
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.
OTHER STARTUP CONTENT AT SXSW
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FOR MORE INFORMATION
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.