SXSW Interactive Startup Village®

Ninfa Salinas, Steve Jurvetson, Meredith Perry. Photos courtesy of speakers.

Startup Village launched at the 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival and consolidates all of the entrepreneur-related Interactive programming into one venue, the Hilton Downtown Austin immediately across the street from the Austin Convention Center.

In Startup Village, you’ll find panel sessions covering topics like startup funding, startup ecosystems, and entrepreneurial best practices. In 2015 we introduced Startup Collegiate Sessions featuring startup-related panels and pitch events from some of the nation’s most forward-thinking schools. This year, Startup Village introduces the International Programming track with panel sessions highlighting an array of global entrepreneurial ideas, trends and startup ecosystems.

Startup Village is also the home of SXSW Accelerator® our signature startup competition in its 8th year that happens Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13, and ReleaseIt at SXSW, a pitch event on Friday, March 11 for companies launching during the SXSW season.

Bottom line: If you are an entrepreneur, a startup, an investor, or just someone curious about this fascinating ecosystem, then Startup Village is the place for you!

2016 Startup Village Programming »

2016 Information

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Startup Village consists of Panels, Meet Ups, Demos, Lounges, Activations, and is home of the SXSW Accelerator startup competition, Startup Spotlight – all activities geared towards entrepreneurs and startups.


Friday, March 11 through Tuesday, March 15


Startup Village occurs on the 4th floor of the Hilton Downtown Austin (500 East 4th Street)


Startup Village is open to all SXSW Interactive, Gold and Platinum badgeholders.
On Tuesday, March 15, SXSW Music badgeholders can attend Music Startup Village programming.

2016 Event Information


The eighth annual SXSW Accelerator startup competition will take place at SXSW Startup Village on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13. This event showcases the most forwarding-thinking and relevant technology startups and is a must-see/must-participate event.


The Startup Spotlight shines a light on some of the most innovative new companies at SXSW Startup Village. Participants demo their product, service or app in the pre-function area of the Hilton Downtown Austin.

Click here to view the 2015 SXSW Interactive Festival Startup Spotlight participants.


ReleaseIt at SXSW is a special pitch competition in Startup Village on the opening day of the SXSW Interactive Festival, Friday, March 11. Ten cutting-edge companies launching a new product or service during the 2016 SXSW season will present to a panel of industry experts and a winner is chosen based on which product or service is most likely to succeed in the marketplace. Back to top


Startup Collegiate Sessions were introduced in 2015 to showcase educational institutes with programs focusing on startups and entrepreneurial endeavors. The sessions were a huge success and we’ll be featuring more of this brilliant content in 2016. Come find out what’s hot in the innovative collegiate space! Back to top

International Programming

A variety of sessions that take an in-depth look at the possibilities and problems facing creative tech industries around the world. International investment opportunities and regulatory hurdles, immigration laws, developing markets (particularly in Latin America, Asia and Africa) and country-specific market profiles, European privacy legislation and its effects on international business, and media engagement in the global marketplace are just some of the topics we see in this space. Highlighted countries for 2016 include Japan, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Mexico, Caribbean, Portugal, Israel, China, Spain and Cuba as well as the 2016 SXAméricas Startup Summit. Back to top


SXSW Music Startup Village also takes place in the Hilton Downtown Austin and features the startups, entrepreneurs, investors, and cutting-edge digital tastemakers in music technology. SXSW Interactive, Gold, and Platinum and Music badge holders may attend this program on Tuesday, March 15. Learn more about it.


SXSW Film badges are allowed entry to rounds one and two of the Entertainment and Content Technologies category of SXSW Accelerator, as well as the SXSW Accelerator Awards Reception.

SXSW STARTUP VILLAGE FAQ: Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about SXSW Startup Village.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: For inquiries on how you (or your company) can be involved in Startup Village or SXSW Accelerator, ReleaseIt at SXSW, or Startup Spotlight, please contact

PRESS: For press inquiries related to SXSW Startup Village, please contact Kelly Krause.

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Ninfa Salinas, Steve Jurvetson, Meredith Perry. Photos courtesy of speakers. Photos courtesy of speakers.