Eighth Annual SXSW Accelerator Winners Announced!

Written by SXSW Staff Writer | Sunday, Mar 13, 2016

2016 SXSW Accelerator Winners“What differentiates you from the competition?” is a question that often stumps startups while explaining ways they are trying to both attract customers and entice investors. Fortunately for many of the 18 companies pitching in the final round at the eighth annual SXSW Accelerator presented by 24-7 Intouch, the answers were both compelling and viable.

Congratulations to this year's six Grand Prize winners, who were announced at the SXSW Accelerator Awards ceremony after the competition:

Enterprise and Smart Data: Parknav
Entertainment and Content:
 PopUp Play
and Wearable: MUrgency
Innovative World: Rorus
Payment and FinTech: 
Virtual Reality: Splash

The winner of the Best Bootstrap Company (the company who has done the most with least): Hearken
The winner of the Most Innovative Company: Vantage.tv
And the winner of the One-Minute Pitch among alternates: Knocki

Hats off to the Grand Prize winners for a job well done. And, congratulations to all participants, finalists, judges, emcees, organizers, and audience members for two exciting days at SXSW Accelerator.

Contributed by Tamara Bell