SXSW Pitch

SXSW Pitch showcases innovative new technology to a panel of industry experts, high-profile media professionals, venture capital investors, and angel investors.



Submissions are now closed for SXSW Pitch.


SXSW Pitch Presented by Cyndx - SXSW 2019. Photo by Camille Mayor

SXSW Pitch Presented by Cyndx - SXSW 2019. Photo by Camille Mayor

About SXSW Pitch

 

SXSW Pitch returns for its thirteenth year to showcase some of the global startup ecosystem’s most exciting, innovative, and cutting-edge technology from March 17-18, 2021 as part of the SXSW Online digital experience.

This year’s SXSW Pitch will feature 40 interactive technology companies from 8 different categories. These companies will virtually pitch and participate in a 5-minute Q&A with three judges.

Meet the 2021 Advisory Board and Qualifying Committee and Coaches who contribute significantly to the success of SXSW Pitch.

Explore SXSW Pitch by the numbers. Download the 2021 SXSW Pitch Report from PitchBook, a financial data and software company, for a look at over a decade’s worth of data for the SXSW Pitch event.

Submissions are now closed for SXSW Pitch. Stay tuned for Finalist announcements later this season.

Contact Us

For questions about SXSW Pitch, please contact Chris Valentine at chris@sxsw.com.

Press

For press inquiries about the SXSW Pitch event, please contact interpress@sxsw.com.

2021 SXSW Pitch Schedule

 

Please join us for two exciting days of startup pitches from March 17-18, 2021 during SXSW Online.

Day One: Wednesday, March 17

10:05am-11:00am | Smart Cities, Transportation & Logistics 11:05am-12:00pm | Social & Culture 12:05pm-1:00pm | Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & Voice 2:05pm- 3:00pm | Innovative World

Day Two: Thursday, March 18

10:05am-11:00am | Future of Work 11:05am-12:00pm | Enterprise and Smart Data 12:05pm-1:00pm | Entertainment, Gaming and Content 2:05pm- 3:00pm | Health, Wearables & Wellbeing 3:05pm-4:00pm | SXSW Pitch Award Ceremony

Award Ceremony Emcees

To see the winners of the 2021 SXSW Pitch event announced, please join our Co-Emcees Andrew Hyde and Mandela SH Dixon during the SXSW Pitch Award Ceremony on Thursday, March 18 starting at 2:05pm.

Mandela SH Dixon is the CEO of Founder Gym, the leading online training program helping underrepresented founders build successful businesses. In less than three years, Founder Gym has trained over 500 founders across 24 countries and six continents, who have gone on to raise over $77 million in startup capital.

Andrew Hyde is the founder of Startup Weekend and Glider. Hyde has travelled to 95 countries supporting entrepreneurs.

SXSW Pitch Alums

 

SXSW Pitch Alums: $7.6 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.

Of the 553 companies who participated in SXSW Pitch between 2009 and 2019, over 80% received funding, with combined funding in excess of almost $7.6 billion (does not include undisclosed grants, angel and seed funding). Of these 553 companies, 18% have been acquired by the likes of Google, British Telecom, Huffington Post, Apple, Live Nation, OpenTable, Constant Contact, and Harmon. Some of our prestigious alums you may know to include Klout, ICON, Hipmunk, Wildfire, Tubemogul, Siri, Foodspotting, and Tango.

Explore the SXSW Pitch Archive to browse winners, finalists, and other participants from previous seasons.

2021 Categories

 

Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & Voice

Technologies related to machine-simulated intelligence, consciousness, empathy, or speech. These technologies may also cover Internet of Things and smart devices, or a machine’s ability to perform, anticipate, and streamline tasks without human assistance. These startups seek to address a wide variety of issues.

Enterprise & Smart Data

Technologies that increase productivity for businesses and/or individuals by simplifying informational data through new workflows and analytics. These startups may have applications in data collection, management, analysis, presentation, interpretation, security, and augmentation across industries such as business, finance, advertising, and more.  

Entertainment, Gaming & Content

Technologies and applications that are reinventing the ways humans find enjoyment through areas such as leisure, education, and entertainment. Industries these technologies address may include gaming, music, film, television, video, arts, news and publishing, streaming, and digital storytelling. These startups may also deploy new and hybrid entertainment delivery models such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), mixed reality (MR), and other novel visualization technologies.

Future of Work

Technologies that enable, empower, change, and expand capabilities in the future of work and the working experience. These technologies may find applications in the gig economy, remote working and connectivity, business communications, project management, workforce incentives and benefits, payments, manufacturing, human resources, education and skills training, recruiting, and others.


Health, Wearables & Wellbeing

Technologies focused on human-centric applications that advance health and connect individuals with health systems and facilities, care teams, providers, insurance, corporate and personal wellness services, and public health & social services. These startups may also include applications in aging and geriatrics, general wellness, diagnosis, treatment, fertility, genetics, exercise, home fitness, nutrition, sleep, sports, and wearable technologies.

Innovative World Technologies

This category is for any creative and innovative application, product, or service that does not fit in another SXSW Pitch category, as well as technologies that act as the infrastructure that new technologies are built on. Examples that might fit into this category include (but are not limited to) payments and financial technologies, blockchain, space and aerospace, biotechnology and nanotechnology, agriculture and natural resources, pet tech, cannabusiness, sustainability, drones, home refinancing, quantum computing and computer chip technology, energy, and others.

Smart Cities, Transportation & Logistics

Technologies that create and advance smart cities by providing services and products for local environments, which includes buildings, neighborhoods, communities, and public spaces. These innovations may find applications in real estate development, transportation, logistics, delivery, autonomous vehicles, ridesharing, infrastructure, utilities, public works, security, population data, government and civic services, and more.

Social & Culture

Technologies that explore and expand the boundaries of how humans experience life as individuals, as communities, and as global citizens. Examples of such sectors include but are not limited to social media and networking, family-tech, dating and friendship, travel and hospitality, environment and climate change, home, fashion, and consumer tech. This category also covers social enterprise technologies that aim to solve social or societal problems, impact positive change, and improve lives.

Pitchbook Report

 

Each year, PitchBook, a financial data and software company, complies over a decade’s worth of data into a report for the SXSW Pitch event.

Download the 2021 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 more.

SXSW Pitch 2021

SXSW Pitch showcases innovative new technology to industry experts, high-profile media professionals, venture capital investors, and angel investors.

Advisory Board

 

Rafat Abushaban
Riable
Gaza, Palestine

Karen Allen
Twitch for Musicians
Los Angeles, CA

Hussam Ayyad
Toronto, Canada

Kathleen Baireuther
Ford Autonomous Vehicles
Austin, TX

Lina Bartuseviciute
LITAO Consultancy Group
Shanghai, China

Alexander Bastien
Think Accelerate
Helsingborg, Sweden

Ellen Bateman
Global Entrepreneurship Network
Arlington, VA

Marjan Blumberg
Marjan B. Consultancy
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Jan Bormans
European Startup Network
Brussels, Belgium

Navjot Brar
NavBot
Santa Barbara, CA

Leigh Buchanan
Venture Café Miami
Miami, FL

Suzy Bureau
CoverMyMeds/ Give Back Hack
Columbus, OH

Sarah Burgaud
StartOut
San Francisco, CA

Shawna Butler
Singularity University
Austin, TX

Bobbie Carlton
Innovation Women
Lexington, MA

Rosario B. Casas
VR Americas
Bogota, Columbia

Rendi M Clark
Boulder Startup Week
Boulder, CO

Ben Clayton
Alkimia Conscious Capital
Montreal, Canada

Bart Collet
Hyperadvancer
Antwerp, Belgium

Steven Cook
ADoH SCIENTIFIC
Charleston, SC

Simone Driessen
Startup Foundation
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Tarek El Saad
Toronto, Canada

Craig Elias
Bow Valley College Interpublic Group Medibrands
Calgary, Canada

Alvin Foo
Magic Rainbow
Shanghai, China

Jessica Ford
Techstars
Anaheim, CA

Kathleen Fritzsche
Kathleen Fritzsche
Berlin, Germany

Brett Greene
New Tech Northwest
Seattle, WA

Lorin Hamlin
Under Armour
Baltimore, MD

Seth Hillinger
Nymusictech Meetup
Brooklyn, NY

Nina Ho
The University of Texas
Austin, TX

Harvey Hudes
Caliber Corporate Advisers
New York, NY

Clyde Hutchinson
Journey Partners
Dublin, Ireland

Ricardo Irias
Sube Lantinamerica
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Dmitry Kabanov
Techstars • ITMO University
Moscow, Russia

Dalia Kamar
Foundersmedia
Cairo, Egypt

Umesh Kumar
K&K Ventures
London, England

James Kwan
Jumpstart Media Limited
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Brian Lang
Energizing Health
Houston, TX

Jennifer Lee
Plympton
San Francisco, CA

Maren Lesche
Vision Health Pioneer Incubator
Berlin, Germany

Lisa Mallner
Copenhagen Capacity
Copenhagen, Denmark

Ikram Mansori
Curah
San Francisco, CA

Martin Martinez
Founder Institute Texas
Austin, TX

Eric Mathews
Start Co.
Memphis, TN

Jean Paul Mau-Asam
New Dutch Wave
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Caitlin McAllister
Workbox Company
Chicago, IL

Katie Milligan
Heartland Forward
Bentonville, AR

Martin Montero
Tavern
Portland, OR

Jessica Moose
Santa Fe Business Incubator
Santa Fe, NM

Violeta Moran
Fundacion Emprender
Manta, Ecuador

Richard Munassi
Tampa Bay WaVE
Tampa, FL

Joe Novello
Portland, OR

Aline Noizet
Digital Health Connector
Barcelona, Spain

Roshawnna Novellus
EnrichHER
Atlanta, GA

Nadyli Nunez
Ascender
Pittsburg, PA

Emmanuel Nyame
Accra, Ghana

Douglas Ogeto
LidiqueWorks
Nairobi, Kenya

Cagdas Onen
Oppsense
Toronto, Canada

Leon Pals
Startup Foundation
Rotterdam, Holland

Amy Peck
EndeavorVR
San Francisco, CA

Alessandro Ravanetti
Barcelona, Spain

Miki Reynolds
Grid110
Los Angeles, CA

Steven Rodriguez
Techstars
Washington, DC

Emily Ross
Inkvine Communication
Ballinam, Ireland

Mark Sanders
Austin Technology Incubator
Austin, TX

Ghader Sadeghi
Raychat
Tabriz, Azerbayjan

Matthew Cohen Santorelli
Boomy
New York, NY

Joy Schoffler
Distinctive Edge Advisors
Austin, TX

Steve Schwartz
ProInfluence
Redmond, WA

Elisa Sepulveda
Founder Institute
Austin, TX

Leah Simoncelli
AlphaLab Gear
Pittsburg, PA

Sanja Stankovic
german.innovation
Hamburg, Germany

Thomas K.R. Stovall
ImBlackInTech
Chicago, IL


Jennifer Tacheff
Manifest Advisors
San Francisco, CA

Todd Tate
Viva Data
San Francisco, CA

Laura Teicher
FORGE
Somerville, MA

Anna Thomlinson
Start It @Kbc
Brussels, Belgium

Frederik Tibau
Agoria
Brussels, Belgium

Rick Turoczy
PIE
Portland, OR

Lode Uytterschaut
Start it @KBC
Antwerpen, Belgium

Heidy Vaquerano
Fox Rothschild
Los Angeles, CA

Pedro Vasconcellos
BeerOrCoffee
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Nicolas Vega
Start-Up Chile
Santiago, Chile

Saleema Vellani
Ripple Impact
Washington, DC

Sebastien Vidal
Puerto Rico Science Technology and Research Trust
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Marian Villa
Pioneras
Medellin, Colombia

Lauren Washington
Black Women Talk Tech
Austin, TX

Daniel Wiegand
Draper Startup House
Austin, TX

Samson Williams
Space Channel
Sunrise, FL

Samantha Wolfe
PitchFWD
New York, NY

Kat Yalung
Bixel Exchange Startup Launch
Los Angeles, CA

Hubert Zajicek
Health Wildcatters
Dallas, TX

Qualifying Committee and Coaches

 

SXSW Pitch Qualifying Committee and Coaches contribute significantly to the success of SXSW Pitch. 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 Pitch coaches work closely with the finalists in the months leading up to the event to assist them in their presentations.

Facilitators

Monica Landers
Storyfit
Qualifier (Facilitator)

Dean Cruse

Tethr
Qualifier (Facilitator)

Greg Wright
HATCH pitch
Pre-Event Coach (Facilitator)

Pre-Event Qualifiers, Pre-Event Coaches

Colin Anawaty
First Dollar
Pre-Event Qualifier

Katie Baker
Anthem
Pre-Event Coach

Bart Bohn
Root Aspen
Pre-Event Coach

Kara Bortone
J&J Innovation, JLABS
Pre-Event Coach

Zach Brandon
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
Pre-Event Coach

Shelly Brenckman
Texas A&M University
Pre-Event Coach

Mary Brendza
StoryFit
Pre-Event Qualifier

Keith Casey
CaseySoftware
Pre-Event Qualifier

Julie Collins
The IronCEO
Pre-Event Coach

Alex Cooper
The IronCEO
Pre-Event Coach

Rakhee Das
Sirius Solutions
Pre-Event Coach

Liz Deering
The Un. Inc
Pre-Event Coach

Christine DiPietro
DocStation
Pre-Event Qualifier

Dorit Donoviel
Translational Institute for Space Health
Pre-Event Coach

Ben Dyer
ADTC (Atlanta)
Pre-Event Coach

Kim Evans
Seremedi
Pre-Event Coach

Sloan Foster
AutoThink
Pre-Event Qualifier

McArthur Gill
Storyfit
Pre-Event Qualifier

Steven Gonzalez
Seldor Capital
Pre-Event Coach

Jonathan Ha
Dell Technologies
Pre-Event Coach

Yael Hochberg
Rice University/MIT
Pre-Event Coach

Jacqueline Hughes
Kauffman Fellows
Pre-Event Qualifier

Amy Hurwitz
Boston Consulting Group
Pre-Event Coach

Mariam Jacob
Allergy and Asthma Clinics of Houston
Pre-Event Coach

Sue Jain
Senior Analytics & Technology Executive
Pre-Event Coach

Kaz Karwowski
Rice Center for Engineering Leadership
Pre-Event Coach

Barbara Kelso
Kelso Consultants
Pre-Event Qualifier

Katina Kenyon
Applaudo Studios
Pre-Event Coach

Kerty Levy
TechStars
Pre-Event Coach

Paulo Machado
Health Innovation Partners LLC
Pre-Event Coach

Monique Maley
Articulate Persuasion
Pre-Event Coach

Tejus Mane
AtmoSpark Technologies
Pre-Event Coach

Deborah Mansfield
DMBS
Pre-Event Coach

Erin Mays
Ebco Trends
Pre-Event Qualifier

Cara McCarty
Cognite
Pre-Event Qualifier

Lisa McDonald
Austin Technology Incubator
Pre-Event Qualifier

Jake McKee
Community5
Pre-Event Coach

Robert McKee
Cypress Associates
Pre-Event Coach

Bryan McQuary
Carrier Corporation
Pre-Event Coach

Roberto Moctezuma
Fractal River
Pre-Event Coach

Mellini Monique
Vocal Culture Garden
Pre-Event Coach

Molly Montgomery
Founder’s Haven
Pre-Event Qualifier

Marc Nathan
Texas-Squared
Pre-Event Coach

Will Neder
Universal Operations
Pre-Event Coach

Jon Nordby
MassChallenge
Pre-Event Coach

Rachelle Orbio
ValorUp
Pre-Event Coach

Darryl Peek
Google Cloud
Pre-Event Qualifier

Mark Phillips
Are You Watching This?!
Pre-Event Qualifier

Mike Steely
Vocool Technologies
Pre-Event Coach

Lisa Stuardi
Austin Technology Incubator
Pre-Event Coach

Ashland Viscosi
Creatives Meet Business
Pre-Event Quaifier

Adam Weinroth
Invoices
Pre-Event Qualifier

Tanya White
Pipeline Angels
Pre-Event Qualifier

Chen Zhang
Aquifer
Pre-Event Qualifier

Judges

 

Kwame Anku
Blackstar Fund
Sacramento, CA

Lance Armstrong
Next Ventures
Austin, TX

Mike Asem
M25
Chicago, IL

Reilly Brennan
Trucks Venture Capital
San Francisco, CA

Lisa Burton
Hearst Lab
New York, NY

Adi Levandon Chazan
Flint Capital
Tel Aviv, Israel

Jeffery Cyr
Raven Capital Partners
Ottawa, Canada

Vincent Diallo
Interlace Ventures
San Francisco, CA

Brian Dixon
Kapor Capital
Oakland, CA

Stacy Feld
Johnson and Johnson Innovation
San Francisco, CA

Renata George
Zenmen Corporate Venture
San Francisco, CA

Samara Hernandez
Chingona Ventures
Chicago, IL

Greg Horowitt
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Mohanjit Jolly
Iron Pillar
Palo Alto, CA

Justin Kan
GOAT
San Francisco, CA

Laura Kilcrease
Alberta Innovates
Edmonton, Canada

Alex Pall
The Chainsmokers
Los Angeles, CA

Rokas Peciulaitis
Contranian Ventures
Vilnius, Lithuania

Emmalyn Shaw
Flourish Ventures
Redwood City, CA

Bryan Stolle
Wildcat Venture Partners
San Mateo, CA

Stefanie Thomas
Impact America Fund
Washington, DC

Drew Taggart
The Chainsmokers
Los Angeles, CA

Werner Vogel
Amazon
Seattle, WA

Martina Welkhoff
WXR Fund
Seattle, WA

Application Information

 

Submissions are now closed for SXSW Pitch.

To be eligible:

  • A company’s product or service must have launched no earlier than March 17, 2019.
  • A company’s product or service must not have launched after June 17, 2021.
  • 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 or SXSW EDU Launch). In contrast, if you have applied for SXSW EDU event 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.
  • The product or service must fall into one of the SXSW Pitch categories.

SXSW Pitch Archive

 

Explore the the SXSW Pitch Archive for 2020 Finalists, Judges, Coaches, and more as well as finalists and winners from past seasons.

Past judges have included Tim Draper of DFJ, John Sculley of Apple/Pepsi, Robert F. Smith of Vista Equity Partners, Constantijn van Oranje of Startup Delta, Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media, Paul Graham of Y Combinator, Kay Koplovitz of Springboard Growth Capital/USA Network Co-Founder, Naval Ravikant of AngelList, Guy Kawasaki of Alltop, Cyan Banister of Long Journey Ventures, Werner Vogels of Amazon, Christine Herron of Intel Capital, Whurley,  Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures, Albert Wenger of Union Square Venture, Bob Metcalfe of 3Com/Ethernet Co-Founder, and Laurie Segall with CNN to name a few.

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