SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event

The tenth annual SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event will take place during Startup & Tech Sectors on Saturday, March 10, Sunday, March 11, and Monday, March 12. A live audience, as well as a panel of expert judges, will discover advancements in various sectors of emerging technology.

SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event

2017 SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event – Photo by Alexa Gonzalez Wagner

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2018 SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event will feature 50 Interactive technology companies from 10 different categories. These companies will dazzle a live audience with their company pitch and Q&A with our panel of judges. We will feature 25 companies on Saturday, March 10 and 25 companies on Sunday, March 11.

On Sunday, March 11 at 7pm we will host the SXSW Accelerator Award Ceremony and announce a winner from each category. If you miss the pitches you have the opportunity to meet all 50 companies at SXSW Accelerator Demo Days on Monday, March 12.

SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event applications are now closed for SXSW 2018. We are accepting applications for the SXSW Release It pitch competition.

SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event Schedule

Saturday, March 10

(25) Startup Pitches

Sunday, March 11

(25) Startup Pitches

Awards Ceremony

Monday, March 12

(50) Accelerator Demo Days

2018 Pitchbook Report


PitchBook, a financial data and software company, has complied a decade’s worth of data into a report for the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event.

Download the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event Report from Pitchbook below to explore the 2018 industry categories and data on standout, past participants from the most VC capital raised to most active investors in SXSW companies and much, much more.

SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event Spotlight Video

The SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event returns for its tenth year to showcase the global startup ecosystem most exciting, innovative and cutting-edge technology.

2018 SXSW Accelerator Categories


Augmented & Virtual Reality

Technologies using augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and other novel visualization technologies, including applications for Cardboard, Oculus Rift, and other emerging offerings from industry giants. These applications may address such uses as gaming, entertainment, data visualization, education, medical care, warfare, transportation, and many more subject.

Enterprise & Smart Data

Technologies that facilitate the comprehension and application of informational data through workflows and analytics. These startups seek to improve productivity for businesses and/or individuals by using big data through a number of ways that include (but are not limited to) data collection, management, analysis, presentation, interpretation, and augmentation.

Entertainment & Content

Technologies and applications that are reinventing the ways in which we learn, relax and enjoy our time. Examples of included sectors include (but are not limited to) gaming, music, film, television, video, news and publishing, streaming and digital storytelling, as well as new and hybrid forms of entertainment.

Health & Wearable

Technologies focused on human-centric health applications that connect the “health optimizer” and those with illnesses, their care teams, primary and specialist clinicians, inpatient and outpatient facilities, benefit providers, and corporate wellness programs to share timely, relevant health data and drive better outcomes at affordable and sustainable cost levels.

Hyper-Connected Communities

This category showcases new products, services and apps that help hyper-connected communities (such as what occurs on-site at SXSW) better navigate and maximize their engagements. In addition to the kind of technologies that thrive in March in Austin, this category is for any creative and innovative app, product or service that does not fit elsewhere in the Accelerator lineup. Examples of technologies that might fit into this category include (but are not limited to) Internet of Things, energy, space, natural resources, agriculture and robotics.

Payment & FinTech

Technologies relating to the consumer and business financial space that include delivering new payment methods, new forms of currency, extending credit and other lending processes, equities trading, transaction processing, asset management, insurance, and/or any other functions traditionally provided by banks and investment banks.

Security & Privacy

Technologies revolutionizing sectors related to data security and privacy on the consumer and enterprise level. With interests rising in this field, examples of innovations include (but are not limited to) cybersecurity, encryption, data storage, infrastructure protection, incident analytics, ad targeting, identity management, and many other forms.

Social & Culture

Technologies that push the boundaries on how we navigate and interact in life with ourselves, our community, and our world. Examples of such sectors include (but are not limited to) social media, networking, dating, travel & hospitality, food or dining, fashion, the environment and social good.

Sports & Performance Data

Technologies impacting the before, during, and after in the sports and athletics sector. Whether geared towards novices or elite professionals, innovations in this field include (but are not limited to) the way we experience, prepare for, and participate in sports and outdoor recreation by using hardware or software applications focused on data-centric intelligence, measurement, and other analytical forms.


Technologies transforming and optimizing the transportation industry on a consumer and enterprise level. These innovations create efficiency in the way we move from point A to point B through (but are not limited to) the connected car, data routing applications, on-demand or ridesharing services, autonomous vehicles, and other new disruptive means.

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Entry Process Overview


Applications are now closed for SXSW 2018. Startups must apply to be considered for the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event. Please read below for application details.


  • The company’s product or service must have launched no earlier than March 10, 2016;
  • The company’s product or service must not launch after June 10, 2018;
  • Each company may only enter one product or service to SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event;
  • A company that enters more than one product or service will not be eligible to participate in SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event;
  • Founders of the company applying must retain some portion of ownership in the company;
  • Each applicant is only eligible to present in one of the SXSW family of startup events (SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event, SXSW Release It, SXSW Launchedu). In contrast, if you have applied for one of these events (other than SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event), and were not accepted to participate, then please feel free to apply to SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event.
  • The Company must not have raised over ten (10) Million Dollars in funding from combined funding sources; and
  • The product or service must fall into one of the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event categories.


For a listing of the Frequently Asked Questions about the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event read the SXSW Accelerator FAQ.

For any SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event inquiries, please contact

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SXSW Accelerator Alums: Over $4.63 Billion in Funding

The SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event proudly applauds our alumni and the millions of funding along the way. Over the years, we launched our startup platform for finalists with great ideas with the goal of matching them with top investors both nationally and internationally.

From our inaugural year of 23 participants to a total of 403 through 2017, we are proud to be the catalyst of many dreams and successes. Some of our prestigious alums you may know include Klout, Hipmunk, Wildfire, Siri, Foodspotting and Tango.

Some winners you may not know, but will have garnered funding in the millions like WeVideo and Trustev that promise to disrupt and get attention very soon.

Past SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event finalists from 2009 to 2017 achieved the following:

  • 403 companies = 70% funding
  • 16% were acquired
  • Total through 2017= $4.63 billion

Does not include certain undisclosed funding. This data is as of June 6, 2017.


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Hotel Information for Finalists

If you are selected as SXSW Accelerator finalist, you have access to a limited number of rooms being protected for participants through SXSW Housing & Travel. Rooms are limited to one per registrant and will sell out fast so be sure to make your hotel reservation as soon as you are registered. Requests can be completed in your Shopping Cart or SXSW Social account. In the meantime, check out SXSW Housing & Travel for more information about our hotel’s, pricing, reservation policies, and travel information.

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2018 Advisory Board


Each year, the Advisory Board lend their industry expertise as they evaluate hundreds of applications and help determine the companies that will present in March. These individuals are instrumental to the success of the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event, and their hard work, diligence, and support in bringing together the future of the technology industry to our event is greatly appreciated.

Rafat Abushaban
Startup Grind
Gaza, Palestine
Martin Adair
Invest Northern Ireland
Belfast, Ireland
Kaan Akin
Hackquarters Accelerator
Istanbul, Turkey
Karen Allen
Karen Allen Consulting
Los Angeles, CA
Jonas Almeling
Business Sweden
Stockholm, Sweden
Simon Azzopardi
London, England
Imran Baghirov
Azercell Telecom
Baku, Azerbaijan
Kathleen Baireuther
Rocky Mountain Institute
Austin, TX
Julia Beleya
Plug and Play Tech Center
Sunnyvale, CA
Lisa Besserman
Startup Buenos Aires
Austin, TX
Jaroslaw Bialeck
Malta Information Technology Agency
Gdynia, Poland
Sussi Bianco
Konsulenthuset Sussi Bianco
Aarhus, Denmark
Taylor Bloom
London, England
Karen Boers
European Startup Network/
Brussels, Belgium
Robert Bouschery
Cologne, Germany
Cheri Bradish
Ryerson University
Toronto, Ontario
Navjot Brar
Carpe Data
Santa Barbara, CA
Jakob Breddam
Aarhus, Denmark
Shawna Butler
Singularity University
Austin, TX
David Capo
TAMA-The African Marketer Agency
Abidjan, Africa
Bobbie Carlton
Innovation Women/Carlton Pr & Marketing
Lexington, MA
Gianmarco Carnovale
Roma Startup Association
Rome, Italy
Peter Chee
Seattle, WA
Ben Clayton
Plus Four
Montreal, Quebec
Jay Clouse
Unreal Collective
Columbus, OH
Bart Collet
Antwerp, Belgium
Steven Cook
Champion Capital Group
Marietta, GA
Eoin Costello
Scale Labs
Dublin, Ireland
Mike Cotton
Zone Startups Sports + Media
Toronto, Ontario
Cris De Luca
Johnson & Johnson Innovation
Cambridge, MA
Kristof De Mey
Victoris-Ghent University
Ghent, Belgium
Thibaut Decré
High TechXL
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Chris Denson
Innovation Crush
Los Angeles, CA
David Ding
DBS Bank
Singapore, Singapore
Simone Driessen
Startup Foundation
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Joshua Duboff
Reuters News Agency
New York, NY
Michel Duchateau
Brussels, Belgium
Danielle Duplin
FreeWind Productions
Boston, MA
Marwan Elfitesse
Station F
Paris, France
Stephanie Enders
Startup Edmonton
Edmonton, Alberta
Jay Fajardo
Manila, Phillippines
Joanne Fedeyko
Connection Silicon Valley
San Francisco, CA
Yaniv Feldman
Tel-Aviv, Israel
Jenny Fielding
New York, NY
Edward Fitzgibbon
NYZ Consulting
New York, NY
Kathleen Fritzsche
Startup Evangelist & Blogger
Berlin, Germany
Chris Furmanski
Virtual Ventures
Menlo Park, CA
Monique Giggy
Singularity University
Palo Alto, CA
Parm Gill
Gill Group
Ottawa, Ontario
Mike Grabham
Package Guard
Seattle, WA
Brett Greene
New Tech Northwest
Seattle, WA
Charles Greenwood
Charles Greenwood Consulting
London, England
Andrew Greer
Accelerate Okanagan
Kelowna, British Columbia
Nate Gross
Doximity & Rock Health
San Francisco, CA
Lorin Hamlin
Under Armour
Baltimore, MD
Cortney Harding
Friends with Holograms
Brooklyn, NY
Michal Harustiak
Startup Slovakia
Bratislava, Slovakia
Myma Hausseguy
Startup Europe Week
Brussels, Belgium
Tim Hayden
Stadia Ventures
St. Louis, MO
Jason Henrichs
Chicago, IL
Arno Hermans
Sport eXperience
Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
Brett Holland
Creative HQ
Wellington, New Zealand
Krisztina ‘Z’ Holly
The Art of Manufacturing
Los Angeles, CA
Clyde Hutchinson
Journey Partners
Dublin, Ireland
Hugh Jedwill
Chicago, IL
Dmitry Kabanov
Moscow, Russia
Sanjib Kalita
Money 20/20
Fairfax, VA
Omar Kandil
Prime Minister’s Office-Arab Youth Center
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Cam Kashani
COACCEL-The Human Accelerator
Santa Monica, CA
Eric Kavanagh
The Bloor Group
Austin, TX
Courtney Klein
Washington, DC
Joshua Krammes
San Francisco, CA
Om Kundu
New York, NY
Jan Küster
Founders Fight Club
Munich, Germany
Steven Kuyan
NYU Future Labs
New York, NY
April Lane
Catapult Chicago
Chicago, IL
Dani Larson
Boulder, CO
Jennifer Lee
San Francisco, CA
Maren Lesche
YourStory Germany
Berlin, Germany
Mike Lightman
World Bank
Buffalo, NY
Ester Lokhost
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Lisa Mallner
Nordic Startup Bits
Copenhagen, Denmark
Jordan Marsillo
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Kansas City, MO
Martin Martinez
A-Player Media, Inc.
Austin, TX
Eric Mathews
Start Co.
Memphis, TN
Caitlin McAllister
Catapult Chicago
Chicago, IL
Florin Mihoc
Tech Executive & Advisor
New York, NY
Jonathan Milne
Ottawa, Ontario
Amirreza Mohammadi
Startup Digest
Tehran, Iran
Gene Murphy
Bank of Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
Wayne Murphy
Cork, Ireland
Rika Nakazawa
San Francisco, CA
Doug Newcomb
C3 Group
Hood River, Oregon
Dimitri Ntempos
Thessaloniki, Greece
Christine Ntim
Global Startup Ecosystem
New York, NY
Emmanuel Nyame
Africa Startup Cup
Accra, Africa
David Odom
Denver, CO
Douglas Ogeto
Fuse Catalysts
Nairobi, Kenya
Cagdas Onen
Istanbul, Turkey
Jenny Osman
New York, NY
Jiro Otsuka
Urban Future Lab
New York, NY
Nate Pagel
San Francisco, CA
Leon Pals
Startup Foundation
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Glenford Patterson
Harlem Tech Summit
New York, NY
Amy Peck
San Francisco, CA
John Peters
Sports & Fitness Industry Association
Washington, DC
Adrian Pica
Cluj, Romaina
Jeremie Poirier
Malmö Startups
Malmö, Sweden
Egita Polanska
Startup Wise Guys
Riga, Latvia
Tanuja Rajah
Malaysia Global Innovation & Creativity Centre

Shah Alam, Malaysia
John Richards
Startup Ignition
Provo, UT
Andrea Romoli
Freelance Consultant
Milan, Italy
Matej Rus
Initiative Start:up Slovenia & PODIM
Maribor, Slovenia
Red Russak
Seattle, WA
Kamran Samadli
Dubai, UAE
Mark Sanders
Austin Technology Incubator/UT Austin
Austin, TX
Matthew Cohen Santorelli
Xylo Corporation
New York, NY
Joy Schoffler
Leverage PR
Austin, TX
Michiel Schuurman
SingularityU The Netherlands
Barendrecht, The Netherlands
Steve Schwartz
Seattle, WA
Shradha Sharma
Bangalore, Karnataka
Ingi Björn Sigurðsson
Icelandic Startups
Reykjavik, Reykjavik
Helen Situ
Virtual Reality Pop
New York, NY
Christoph Sollich
Berlin, Germany
Pauli Sosa
ZeroPoint Ventures
Auckland, New Zealand
Jewell Sparks
Berlin, Germany
Xavier Stewart
American Entrepeneurship Award
Brooklyn, NY
Unity Stoakes
StartUp Health
New York, NY
Jamie Sundsbak
Collider Coworking
Rochester, MN
Wayne Sutton
Change Catalyst
San Francisco, CA
Stefano Tambornini
Chiavari, Italy
Sebastien Tanguay
Quebec, Canada
Todd Tate
Musical Turk
San Francisco, CA
Tuba Terekli
Jeddah, Saudia Arabia
Pedro Torres-Mackie
Quotidian Ventures
Brooklyn, NY
Rick Turoczy
Portland, OE
Uwem Uwemakpan
Startup Grind Chapter Director
Lagos, Nigeria
Cecile van der Waal
Canopy Lisbon
Lisbon, Portugal
Astrid Høegh Tyrsted
Aarhus, Denmark
Marianne Vikkula
Helsinki, Finland
Gonzalo Villaran
Ministry of Production Peru
Lima, Peru
George Vou
Larnaca, Cyprus
Mandy Webber
North Liberty, IA
Kevin Winston
Digital LA
Los Angeles, CA
Bert-Jan Woertman
Eindhoven University of Technology
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Bacely YoroBli
Paris, France
Gloria Zaionz
Innovation Learning Network
San Francisco, CA
Hubert Zajicek
Health Wildcatters
Dallas, TX
Wei Zhou
Shanghai, China
Brian Zisk
SF Music Tech Summit
Paia, HI

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Qualifying Committee, Coaches, and On-Site Coaches


SXSW Accelerator Qualifying Committee, Coaches, and On-site Coaches contribute significantly to the success of SXSW Accelerator. The Qualifying Committee focuses on the intake of all plans submitted and is responsible for the validating the applications for accuracy, completeness, veracity and proper categorization.

With their vast experience, SXSW Accelerator coaches work closely with the finalists in the months leading up to the event to assist them in their onstage presentations. And the on-site coaches work with the finalist as they rehearse their presentation on Friday, March 9.


Lindsey Schell
Civitas Learning
Qualifier (Facilitator)

Dean Cruse
Union Metrics
Qualifier (Facilitator)

Greg Wright
HATCH pitch
Pre-Event Coach (Facilitator)

Brian Lang
Energizing Health
On-site Coach (Facilitator)

Qualifiers, Coaches and On-Site Coaches

Tony Averbeck

Katie Baker
Kauffman Foundation
Pre-Event Coach

Bart Bohn
Translational Research Institute
Pre-Event Coach

Kim Bond-Evans
On-Site Coach

Sara Brand
True Wealth
On-Site Coach

Robert Brackenridge
Game Factor-e
Pre-Event Coach

Zach Brandon
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
On-Site Coach

Shelly Brenckman
The McFerrin Center for Entrepreneur
Pre-event Coach

Bob Bridge
Southwest Angel Network
On-Site Coach

William Clark
On-Site Coach

Michael Crider
Byrne Boadle

Randall Crowder
TEXO Ventures
On-Site Coach

Cassandra Cuellar
Andrews Kurth, LLP

Tim Dietz
Formely IBM
On-Site Coach

Dorit Donoviel
Baylor College of Medicine, Center for Space Medicine
On-Site Coach

Gary Fomi
On-Site Coach

Adrian Fortino
Mercury Fund
On-Site Coach

David Fossas
WP Engine

Benjamin Glenn
Shay Glenn LLP
On-Site Coach

Jonathan Ha
Pre-Event Coach

Stephen Hays
Deep Space Ventures
On-Site Coach

Joanna Heinrich
Spoke Marketing

Emanuel Ibarra
The University of Texas at Austin, Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship

Monica Landers

Blanca Lesmes
BB Imaging and Healthcare Consulting

Paulo Machado
Health Innovation Partners LLC
Pre-Event Coach

Deborah Mansfield
Houston Technology Center
Pre-Event Coach

Amanda McGuckin-Hager

Jake McKee
Pre-Event Coach

Robert McKee
On-Site Coach

Roberto Moctezuma
Fractal River
Pre-Event Coach

Marc Nathan
Miller, Egan, Molter, & Nelson
Pre-Event Coach

Will Neder
On-Site Coach

Paul O’Brien
Startup Executive and VC Development
On-Site Coach

Joe Payton
Genius Den
On-Site Coach

Mark Phillips
Are You Watching This?!

John Reale
Station Houston
On-Site Coach

Amos Schwartzfarb
Techstars Austin
Pre-Event Coach

Chris Shonk
ATX Seed Ventures
On Site Coach

Mike Steely
Cobbler Media
Pre-Event Coach

Mark Streigh
Pre-Event Coach

Rick Timmins
On-Site Coach

Chris Treadaway
Polygraph Media

Cindy Walker-Peach
Austin Technology Incubator

Marcus Whitney
On-Site Coach

Ron Yerkes
Pre-Event Coach

Joon Yun
Palo Alto Investors
On-Site Coach

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Learn More

Apply to 2018 SXSW Release It

Apply to have your product or service considered for the 2018 SXSW Release It pitch competition. Deadline: Friday, January 13, 2018.

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Explore the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event Archive

Browse winners, finalists, judges, and other SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event participants from previous years.

2017 Archive

2017 Winners


Enterprise and Smart Data

Deep 6 Analytics
Pasadena, CA

Deep 6 AI applies artificial intelligence to medical records to find more patients for clinical trials faster, getting cures to the people who need them more quickly.


Austin, TX

SPLT is a transportation platform changing the way people commute worldwide through enterprise carpooling in a closed network and in partnership with Lyft, providing non-emergency medical transportation.

Social and Culture

San Diego, CA

Lily helps women discover and buy clothes that make them look and feel their best.

Entertainment and Content
San Francisco, CA is the first and only streaming app dedicated to stand-up comedy.

Health and Wearable

Sound Scouts
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Sound Scouts utilizes game-based technology to deliver an accessible, reliable, low cost hearing screening solution to eliminate undetected hearing loss and elevate life outcomes.


Toronto, Canada

Brizi automates and monetizes fan content in stadiums.

Payment and FinTech

Oakland, CA

CNote earns you a 40x better return on your savings with 100% social impact.

Security and Privacy

San Francisco, CA

UnifyID revolutionizes authentication by discovering what makes us unique.

Augmented and Virtual Reality

San Francisco, CA

Lampix is a software, hardware and cloud platform that makes augmented reality without glasses by transforming surfaces into smart surfaces.

Innovative World
Buffalo, NY

Thimble teaches beginners a basic understanding of building electronics through a monthly kit with carefully curated and easy to follow instructions.

Best Bootstrap Company – “The company who has done the most with least”

Reading, United Kingdom

KYMIRA have developed a disruptive business model do deliver medical innovation through their Sportswear brand.

Most Innovative Company

Helixworks Technologies
Cork, Ireland

Helixworks makes synthetic DNA for research in Biotech and has developed a technology to store digital data in DNA.

Best One Minute Speed

New York, NY

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