SXSW Pitch

March 9-10, 2019

The eleventh annual SXSW Pitch (formerly SXSW Accelerator) takes place in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges to discover advancements in various sectors of emerging technology.

Early Deadline: October 4 ($100 fee)
Final Deadline Period: October 5 – November 15 ($220 fee)

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Photo by Marie Ketring

Photo by Marie Ketring

About

 

The eleventh annual SXSW Pitch (formerly SXSW Accelerator) will take place at the Hilton Austin Downtown on Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10. A live audience, as well as a panel of expert judges, will discover advancements in various sectors of emerging technology at this SX event. The best part – product demonstrations by the most ambitious talents in the world with the creative new ideas to change it. Catch a glimpse of the industry’s future, with a guided tour by our emcees and judges.

2019 SXSW Pitch 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 9 and 25 companies on Sunday, March 10. On Sunday, March 10 at 7pm we will host the SXSW Pitch Award Ceremony and announce a winner from each category.

Early entry applications are now open through Thursday, October 4. The final deadline to apply is Thursday, November 15 at 11:59pm PT. Review the Entry Process and our 7 Reasons To Apply for more information on eligibility, deadlines and fees.

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SXSW Pitch 2019

SXSW Pitch showcases cutting-edge technology in a global startup space each year in Austin.

50 Finalists, representing the most leading-edge technologies from around the world, will pitch to a panel of judges and a live audience this March.

Watch our video to hear from past participants and preview what to expect for 2019!

2019 Categories

 

Artificial Intelligence

Technologies related to simulation of intelligent behavior by machines, a machine’s capability to improve and perform tasks on its own. These startups seek to address medical diagnosis, remote sensing, electronic trading, transportation, tutoring, speech and visual recognition, and many more on the subject.

Augmented & Virtual Reality

Technologies using augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), robotic automation 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.

Blockchain

Technologies using digital ledgers, decentralized internet, and other distributed applications as ways to structure and share data. These applications may address such uses as cryptocurrency, supply chain, energy, media, global trade, security, and numerous other industries.

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, security, 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 SXSW Pitch 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.

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.

Transportation & Delivery

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, logistics, delivery, and other new disruptive means.

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7 Reasons to Apply to SXSW Pitch: Funding Options, Media Exposure & More

Want to take your startup to the next level? Explore top reasons to apply to the 2019 SXSW Pitch from Event Producer, Chris Valentine.

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2018 SXSW Pitch Award Ceremony – Photo by Tico Mendoza

2018 SXSW Pitch Award Ceremony – Photo by Tico Mendoza

Entry Process Overview

 

Entry Deadlines & Fees

Early Entry Period: Monday, June 25 – Thursday, October 4 ($100 fee)
Final Entry Period: Friday, October 5 – Thursday, November 15 ($220 fee)
Final Deadline: Thursday, November 15 at 11:59pm PT

Eligibility

Companies are eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria:

  • The company’s product and / or service must have launched no earlier than March 9, 2017;
  • The company’s product and / or service must not launch after June 9, 2019;
  • Each company may only enter one product or service to SXSW Pitch;
  • A company that enters more than one product or service will not be eligible to participate in SXSW Pitch;
  • 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 Pitch, SXSW Release It, SXSW Launch EDU). In contrast, if you have applied for one of these events (other than SXSW Pitch), and were not accepted to participate, then please feel free to apply to SXSW Pitch.
  • 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 Pitch categories.

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SXSW Pitch Alums: Over $5.43 Billion in Funding

SXSW Pitch 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 453 through 2018, 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, TubeMogul, Foodspotting and Tango.

Past SXSW Pitch finalists from 2009 to 2018 achieved the following:

  • 453 companies = 71% funding
  • 16% were acquired total through 2018 = $5.43 billion

Does not include certain undisclosed funding. This data is as of May 30, 2018.

FAQ

For a listing of the Frequently Asked Questions about the SXSW Pitch read the SXSW Pitch FAQ. For any SXSW Pitch inquiries, please contact michelle@sxsw.com.

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2019 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 Pitch, and their hard work, diligence, and support in bringing together the future of the technology industry to our event is greatly appreciated.

Stay tuned for 2019 announcements throughout the season. Take a look back at the SXSW Pitch Archive for more information on past participants, judges, coaches and more.

Rob Aalders
Startup Spirit
Heerlen, Netherlands

Rafat Abushaban
Startup Grind
Gaza, Palestine

Nerma Albertorio
Centro para Emprendedores
Caguas, Puerto Rico

Danielle Alexander
Jaquar Land Rover
Portland, OR

Karen Allen
Karen Allen Consulting
Los Angeles, CA

Javier E. Altamirano
Sportradar
Minneapolis, MN

Mevish Aslam
Sprinters
Birmingham, England

Simon Azzopardi
Sherpa/Silicon Valletta
Naxxar, Malta

Kathleen Baireuther
Ford Smart Mobility, LLC
Austin, TX

Dave Barcos
North Bank Innovations
Vancouver, WA

Lina Bartuseviciute
LITAO Consultancy Group
Shanghai, China

Julia Belaya
Plug and Play Tech Center
Sunnyvale, CA

Shirley Ben-Dak
Smart Urban & iT Strategies/SWAN Forum
Tel Aviv, Israel

Robert Bennett
VIATEC
Victoria, Canada

Remi Bergues
Paris Region Entreprises
Paris, France

Adam Berk
FUNding for Founders
Detroit, MI

Katja Berkhout
StartupDelta
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Karen Boers
European Startup Network
Brussells, Germany

Beth Bond
Bosch
Chicago, IL

Robert Bouschery
PIRATE.global
Cologne, Germany

Melissa Bradley
Project 500
Washington, DC

Navjot Brar
Carpe Data
Santa Barbara, CA

Jessica Brown
XPRIZE Foundation
Oakland, CA

Suzy Bureau
GiveBackHack
Columbus, OH

Sarah Burgaud
StartOut
San Francisco, CA

Kelly Burton
Founders of Color
Atlanta, GA

Shawna Butler
Singularity University
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Bobbie Carlton
Innovation Nights/Innovation Women
Lexington, MA

Raymond Chin
Publicis.Sapient
Shanghai, China

Shona Claremont
Barclays
London, England

Rendl Clark
Stellar
Boulder, CO

Ben Clayton
Plus Four
Montreal, Canada

Bonnie Clipper
American Nurses Association
Silver Spring, MD

Jay Clouse
Unreal Collective
Columbus, OH

Bart Collet
Hyperadvancer
Antwerp, Belgium

Steven Cook
FortuneCMO
Marietta, GA

Mike Cotton
Ryerson Futures
Toronto, Canada

Joao Goncalo Cunha
KickUP Sports Innovation
Lisbon, Portugal

Allan Daisley
Startupbootcamp Digital Health
Miami, FL

Lee Davies
FoodFutureCo
New York, NY

Debra Davis
NKLS
New York, NY

Thibaut Decre
High TechXL
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Chris Denson
Innovation Crush
Los Angeles, CA

Jose Deustua
UTEC Ventures
Lima, Peru

Chandra Devam
Aris MD
Edmonton, Canada

Jean Donnelly
FinTech Sandbox
Boston, MA

Sherrell Dorsey
ThePLUG and BLKTECH Interactive
Charlotte, NC

Simone Driessen
Startup Foundation
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Sophie Durey
The Impact Evaluation Factory
San Francisco, CA

Jay Ellis
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Craig Elias
Bow Valley College Interpublic Group Medibrands
Calgary, Canada

Felipe Estrada
Universidad de los Andes
Bogota, Colombia

Paola Ferrario
Challenger
Asunción, Paraguay

Idan Fisher
UK Israel Tech Hub
Tel Aviv, Israel

Alvin Foo
Reprise
Shanghai, China

Jessica Ford
Techstars
Anaheim, CA

Kathleen Fritzsche
Specialist at Zoi
Berlin, Germany

Juliane Frommter
T-Hub Foundation
Hyderabad, India

Brian Frumberg
VentureOut
New York, NY

Tim Fulton
Horizon Two Labs
Columbus, OH

Chris Furmanski
Virtual Ventures
Portola Valley, CA

Diego Gomes
Rock Content
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Tommy Gordon
Relish Works
Chicago, IL

Brett Greene
New Tech Northwest
Seattle, WA

Andrew Greer
Accelerate Okanagan
Kelowna, Canada

Nate Gross, MD
Doximity & Rock Health
San Francisco, CA

Regina Gwynn
TresseNoire
New York, NY

Lorin Hamlin
Under Armour
Baltimore, MD

Nina Heir
Katapult Accelerator
Oslo, Norway

Jason Henrichs
FinTech Forge
Chicago, IL

Arno Hermans
Sports eXperience
Eindhoven, Netherlands

Seth Hillinger
NY MusicTech Meetup
Brooklyn, NY

Timo Hoffmann
Startup Digest Mobility & Transportation
Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

Matthew Hooper
LFT Media
New York, NY

Harvey Hudes
Caliber Corporate Advisers
New York, NY

Clyde Hutchinson
Journey Partners
Dublin, Ireland

Ricardo Irías
Sube Latinoamérica
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Gisele Ishema-Karekezi
AngelHack
Paris, France

Imran Jattala
Hult Prize Pakistan
Islamabad, Pakistan

Alejandra Jimenez
Starup Boost NY
New York, NY

Cate Johnson
United Way Worldwide
Washington, DC

Dmitry Kabanov
Techstars
Moscow, Russia

Sanjib Kalita
Guppy
Fairfax, VA

Selam Kebede
GrowthAfrica
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Marius Kraemer
Blockchain
Stuttgart, Germany

Ryan Kushner
California Clean Energy Fund
San Francisco, CA

James Kwan
Jumpstart Media Limited
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Daniel Kyne
Techstars
Dublin, Ireland

Dani Larson
GAN
Denver, CO

Jennifer Lee
Plympton
San Francisco, CA

Maren Lesche
Startjup Colors UG
Berlin, Germany

Mike Lightman
World Bank Group
New York, NY

Stina Liland
SUP46
Stockholm, Sweden

Nektarios Liolios
Startupbootcamp
London, England

Alice Loy
Creative Startups
Santa Fe, NM

Cris De Luca
Johnson & Johnson Innovation
Cambridge, MA

John Lynn
The Studio Project
New York, NY

Lisa Mallner
Nordic Startup Bits
Copenhagen, Denmark

Jordan Marsillo
YPO
Kansas City, MO

Martin Martinez
A-Player Media
Austin, TX

Jesse Martinez
Latino Startup Alliance
San Francisco, CA

Eric Mathews
Start Co.
Memphis, TN

Candice Matthews
Hillman
Cincinnati, OH

Colleen Maxwell
1871
Chicago, IL

Caitlin McAllister
Catapult Chicago
Chicago, IL

Erika Medina-Vecchini
Endeavor Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Florin Mihoc
Lampix/TPS Engage/Columbia Business School
New York, NY

Felipe Milan
SendGrid
Tallinn Harjumaa, Estonia

Aashay Mody
Astro
San Francisco, CA

Johanna Moran
Consensys
Dublin, Ireland

Richard Munassi
Tampa Bay WaVE
Tampa, FL

Wayne Murphy
Startplanet
Cork, Ireland

Rika Nakazawa
Atheer
Mountain View, CA

Miikka Neuvonen
Smash
Helsinki, Finland

Doug Newcomb
C3 Group
Hood River, OR

Gary Ng
Customindz Limited
Hong Kong, China

Christine Ntim
Global Startup Ecosystem
New York, NY

Emmanuel Nyame
Educational Communities Worldwide
Bloomington, IN

Douglas Ogeto
Fuse Catalysts
Nairobi, Keyna

Cagdas Onen
Oppsense
Toronto, Canada

Leon Pals
Startup Foundation
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Glen Patterson
City College, Zahn Center/Trifecta
New York, NY

Amy Peck
EndeavorVR
San Francisco, CA

Benjamin Penkert
SportsTechX
Berlin, Germany

Daniela Peralvo
IMPAQTO
Quito, Ecuador

John Peters
SFIA
Washington DC

Adrian Pica
Cowork Timisoara
Cluj, Romania

Egita Polanska
Startup Wise Guys
Riga, Latvia

Flavio Pripas
CUBO
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Eman Pulis
SiGMA
Msida, Malta

Carolyn Quinlan
Bank of Ireland
Dublin, Ireland

Miki Reynolds
Grid110
Los Angeles, CA

Melissa Roberts
Enterprise Center in Johnson County
Overland Park, KS

Steven Rodriguez
SUEGO LLC
Washington, DC

Matias Rojas
Socialab
Santiago, Chile

Andrea Romoli
Freelance
Milano, Italy

Jeff Rosset
Sales Assembly
Chicago, IL

Matej Rus
Start:up Slovenia & PODIM
Maribor, Slovenia

Mark Sanders
Austin Technology Incubator-UT Austin
Austin, TX

Matthew Cohen Santorelli
Atlas Digital Innovation
New York, NY

Michiel Schuurman
SingularityU The Netherlands
Barendrecht, Zuid-Holland

Steve Schwartz
ProInfluence
Bellevue, WA

Richard Seline
AccelerateH2O
San Antonio, TX

Casper Smeets
Rockstart
Nijmegen, Netherlands

Alan Smithson
MetaVRse
Mississauga, Canada

Christoph Sollich
The Pitch Doctor
Berlin, Germany

Sanja Stankovic
Hamburg Startups & StartupSpot Germany
Hamburg, Germany

Thomas K.R. Stovall
ImBlackInTech
Chicago, IL

Stefano Tambornini
Wylab
Chiavari, Italy

Todd Tate
Viva Data
San Francisco, CA

Laura Teicher
Tie Boston
Boston, MA

Anna Thomlinson
Start it @KBC
Brussels, Belgium

Kunbi Tinuoye
Urban Geekz
Atlanta, GA

Rick Turoczy
PIE
Portland, OR

Adaora Udoji
Boshia Group
New York City, NY

Uwem Uwemakpan
Startup Grind
Lagos, Nigeria

Lode Uytterschaut
Start it @KBC
Ronse, Belgium

Marie-Jose van den Boomgaard
KPN
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Isaac Vanderburg
Launch Alaska
Anchorage, AK

Sabine VanderLinden
Startupbootcamp InsurTech
London, England

Pedro Vasconcellos
BeerOrCoffee
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Heidy Vaquerano
Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin LLP
Los Angeles, CA

Lauren Washington
Black Women Talk Tech
Austin, TX

Michael Weatherby
BDO Canada
Surrey, Canada

Eric Weissmann
Cintrifuse
Cincinnati, OH

Aniyia Williams
Black & Brown Founders
San Francisco, CA

Samson Williams
Axes and Eggs
Dubai, UAE

Kevin Winston
Digital LA
Los Angeles, CA

Samantha Wolfe
PitchFWD
New York, NY

Felix Wong
Techstars
Hong Kong, China

Hubert Zajicek
Health Wildcatters
Dallas, TX

Brian Zisk
SF MusicTech Summit
San Francisco, CA

Alex Zurita
London Sport Tech Hub
London, England

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2018 Pitchbook Report

 

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

Download the SXSW Pitch Report from Pitchbook below to explore 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.



2018 Winners

 

Congratulations to this year’s ten category winners as well as Best in Show, Best Bootstrap, and Best Speed Pitch, who were announced at the SXSW Pitch Awards Ceremony after the two-day competition.

Transportation
GoKid
New York, NY
GoKid is the complete carpool solution for schools, teams, and families.

Social and Culture
ICON 3D
Austin, TX
ICON is a construction-technology company currently working toward building the first up-to-code 3D printed home in the United States (using concrete as substrate).

Enterprise and Smart Data
DroneSeed
Seattle, WA
DroneSeed provides precision forestry services to timber companies & non-profits.

Augmented and Virtual Reality
ARWall
Los Angeles, CA
We’ve created an AR display that requires no headset, no goggles, no smart device.

Hyper-Connected Communities
GrubTubs
Austin, TX
GrubTubs solves for the overabundance of food waste coming from restaurants by creating a nutrient-rich animal feed that is affordable for local family farms.

Security and Privacy
PolyPort
Atlanta, GA
PolyPort is 3D asset protection, management, and delivery company, which employs proprietary encryption technology to facilitate an end-to-end solution for 3D designers.

Payment and FinTech
FutureFuel.io
Boston, MA
FutureFuel.io makes student debt repayment easy – for employers, platforms, and users.

Sports and Performance Data
Nix
Boston, MA
Nix is taking the guessing out of hydration with a single-use sweat analytics patch that tells athletes, soldiers, and laborers their hydration status and electrolyte losses in real-time.

Entertainment and Content
Vochlea Music
London, England
At Vochlea Music we’re developing real-time vocal recognition technology for music creation.

Health and Wearables
Nanowear
New York, NY
Nanowear is a New York-based connected-self technology platform for diagnostics and disease management based on proprietary cloth-based nanosensors and analytics.

Best Bootstrap Company (the company who has done the most with least)
Leaf
Nashville, TN
Leaf provides financial services to the stateless and excluded by creating a virtual bank through blockchain technology.

Best in Show
Nanowear
New York, NY
Nanowear is a New York-based connected-self technology platform for diagnostics and disease management based on proprietary cloth-based nanosensors and analytics.

Best Speed Pitch
Roots Studio
Boston, MA
Roots Studio digitizes the creative content of traditional artists from remote areas with the global $32 billion art, interior décor, and design licensing markets.

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