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

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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

Day Three: Saturday, March 20

3:00pm-4:00pm | SXSW Pitch Award Ceremony


To see the winners of the 2021 SXSW Pitch event announced, please join our Co-Emcees Andrew Hyde, Paige Hendrix Buckner, 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.

Paige Hendrix Buckner is the COO 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 $80 million in startup capital.

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

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.

2021 Finalists and Alternates


Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & Voice


Bloomfield Robotics
Pittsburgh, PA
Specialty crop growers across the US use Bloomfield’s Flash cameras and deep learning to inspect any type of crop. The result is very early and precise yield prediction, well-timed harvests and early detection of and protection from infestation and disease. In a sense, every single plant is monitored from seed through harvest, creating an unprecedented level of transparency in the life of every grower’s plants.

San Francisco, CA
Cradlewise is a smart crib that spots the first signs of wakeup, learns from the baby’s sleep patterns and starts rocking automatically along with soothing music to soothe the baby back to sleep.

Our Kettle
Berkley, CA
The first reinsurer in the world using deep learning to protect people against climate change.

Seattle, WA
Parrots Inc. has built “Polly” which is an inclusive platform using AI and ML to give a smart voice and telecare to people with neurological disorders. Our solutions empower them with real-time communication, control their environments, and provide telecare services to improve patient-centered care and maximize independence.

Paris, France
Wisear enables people to finally get seamless, voiceless & touchless control of their devices, by licensing our neuronal biosensing solution to device makers.


Genus AI
San Francisco, CA
Genus AI is an artificial intelligence company focused on scaling emotional intelligence in interactions between brands and customers to drive business growth. The Genus AI Growth Platform includes all AI-powered digital tools needed for better customer understanding and engagement, which lead to next generation efficiencies for business growth.

Epic Blue
Brussels, Belgium
Epic Blue is a leading technology company providing high-performance and highly accurate location intelligence for business critical operations. We are re-inventing how people can be located in the most demanding environments, even when GPS or other infrastructures are not available.

Enterprise and Smart Data


Vancouver, Canada
Matidor offers the best way to visualize and collaborate on location-based projects by putting all key project information into one secure, centralized database, eliminating the need to switch between multiple fragmented tools. With its user-friendly GIS tools and easy integration with 3rd party data sources, Matidor makes it easy for non-technical users to update and share geospatial information.

Tempe, AZ
Persefoni is a ClimateTech startup that enables enterprises and institutional investors to calculate and report their carbon footprints through its SaaS platform. Launched in 2020, the company is based in Tempe, Arizona but operates across the globe. Our mission is to enable every organization and person with the technology to positively impact the health of planet Earth.

San Francisco, CA
RudderStack is the smart customer data pipeline. Easily build pipelines connecting your whole customer data stack, then make them smarter by pulling analysis from your data warehouse to trigger enrichment and activation in customer tools for identity stitching and advanced use cases like lead scoring and in-app personalization.

Slate Digital
New York, NY
Slate is both a content creation and digital asset management platform that gives enterprises the ability to control their brand output on social media and produce social content in seconds. Slate gained traction among top sports brands in 2020 for allowing them to streamline their social media content creation, empower influencers, and monetize their ephemeral content.

Costa Mesa, CA
Vocalytics is a machine-listening platform that listens to ambient sound, analyzes events & trends, and sends real-time alerts when you need them most. We turn dumb noise into intelligent sound to improve health, safety, security, and experience with ambient intelligence solutions across healthcare, smart buildings, defense, and other sectors.


Austin, TX
Dearduck help retailers talk to each customer like they are best friends.

Fort Worth, TX
Patturn helps resellers monetize and crosspost their old, used, and vintage products across multiple marketplaces. In addition, it contains features that support ReCommerce. Whether it’s managing online/offline inventory, shipping and fulfilling orders, or tracking costs on a per item level, Patturn is a built as an end-to-end software solution for resellers.

Entertainment, Gaming & Content


Anything World
London, England
Anything World is a platform for creating endless 3D worlds. In realtime, using your voice if you wish, with AI behaviours applied!

DanceFight App
Austin, TX
DanceFight is a social head-to-head video competition platform that allows users to challenge each other to virtual “dance offs.” Within the context of a challenge, users record their dance, challenge friends or the world and the crowd then votes on their favorites. This generates leaderboards and a gamified environment that’s engaging for creators and audience alike.

Munich, Germany
holoride takes everyday journeys and transforms them into hyper-immersive experiences by combining navigational and car data with XR. The technology has the power to change backseat entertainment forever, can help reduce motion sickness, and opens up a new layer of immersion in games and educational content.

Los Angeles, CA
Teleportal is a spatial computing company building technologies that empower people to develop and experience multi-user spatial software. With Vortex, Teleportal’s virtual production toolkit for mobile, the next generation of creators can collaborate on VFX and 3D animation videos in real-time.

Virsix Games
Austin, TX
Virsix Games is an award-winning, interactive gaming and entertainment company co-founded by Nolan Bushnell (founder of Atari) and Zai Ortiz (Hollywood Creative Director behind J.A.R.V.I.S. in Iron Man). At Virsix Games we are creating next-gen play, gaming and entertainment, enhanced by cutting-edge technologies that get people playing together like never before.


Austin, TX
Colorcast is changing live sports and events forever by supporting the creation and consumption of user-generated, synchronized, over-the-top audio content. We’re basically “Twitch for TV” or “Clubhouse with Context.”

Andromeda Entertainment
Austin, TX
The first game publisher to super-serve the growing interest in wellness with transformative interactive experiences.

Future of Work


New York, NY
Clair is a social impact fintech that helps America’s workers get paid as soon as they clock out of work. We do this by embedding our financial services and instant payment products within the payroll, workforce management, and freelancing apps that these workers already use every day.

Honest Jobs
Columbus, OH
The Honest Jobs marketplace helps people impacted by the criminal justice system find employment fast. Our proprietary technology analyzes job descriptions and considers the most important data points to make “smart matches” that are unique for each job seeker.

Melville, NY
OthersideAI takes in a simple summary of what you want to say and generates a perfect email in your unique style, using the world’s most powerful AI technology.

Pittsburgh, PA
TalkMeUp is an AI based software company focused on communication training. We integrate industry leading training methodologies and cutting edge AI technologies, and provide individuals and organizations with on-demand, analytical, and customizable communication training solutions, reducing training costs by over 90%.
Los Angeles, CA is the easiest place to build and monetize a native mobile app by bringing in designs right from canva.


Hardly Dash
Dallas, TX
Hardly is here to help you work smarter—not harder. Our first product, Hardly Dash, improves your workflow by simplifying actions and keeping important information front and center. By using our wrist-activated shortcut buttons, you can navigate apps while your hands stay on the keyboard—saving you both time and headaches!

San Francisco, CA
Lendtable helps people build generational wealth, by giving them all of the money upfront to max out their 401k match, ESPP and employee benefits

Health, Wearables & Wellbeing


Eindhoven, The Netherlands
AlphaBeats is an application that uses an ingenious algorithm to help the user relax with music. The AlphaBeats app turns your smartphone or wearable into a biosensor that registers your HRV or even brainwaves. Then our algorithm uses this biofeedback to tweak the quality of whatever music you like listening to. This stimulates your brain to slide into the relaxing alpha-mode faster.

Leda Health Company
New York, NY
At Leda Health, our mission is to support sexual assault survivors at all stages following a sexual assault. We work toward sexual assault prevention, care, and justice in an effort to better serve survivors and the communities in which they live.

Birmingham, UK
Nourished is the world’s first personalised nutrition product. We’ve developed a patented 3D printing technology which allows us to combine 7 different, high impact active ingredients into customised nutrition gummy stacks. Our passionate & dedicated team are devoted to making truly tailor-made nutrition which is also 100% vegan, sugar free & packed in 100% plastic free packaging.

Redwood, CA
Endiatx makes tiny pill robots that actively swim inside the stomach. We use a quad-pumpjet propulsion system to swim the way quadcopters fly. Skip an invasive and expensive hospital visit, and let your doctor give you a world-class active diagnostic in the comfort of your own home.

Sisu Global
Baltimore, MD
Sisu Global designs medical devices made for low-resource settings, from emerging markets to combat zones. Sisu is proving its model with Hemafuse: a handheld autotransfusion device addressing the global blood shortage. Hemafuse is currently sold in Africa: the first step of an expansion strategy focused on emerging markets and the military.


Sonic Incytes Medical
Vancouver, CA
Sonic Incytes believes in creating accessible and affordable solutions for healthcare providers with health insights they can count on. Our lead product, Velacur, is redefining the standard of care in quantifying chronic liver disease with diagnostic accuracy comparable to MRI.

Arlington, VA
OxiWear is committed to reducing patient vulnerability to hypoxic injury through wearable, continuous oxygen monitoring, to help increase safety and peace of mind for those prone to silent-hypoxia, to help reduce healthcare costs and save lives.

Innovative World


Freiburg, Germany
We provide precise, global temperature data for a growing planet. As a spin-out of Europe’s largest organization for applied science, we employ space technology to enable a sustainable agriculture on the planetary scale.

Los Angeles, CA
We are Dimer. Our mission is to prevent infections by making hospital grade UV disinfection available in all work environments. Our unique patented designs consistently deliver faster and more comprehensive disinfection than our competition at a fraction of the cost.

Future Fields
Edmonton, Canada
Future Fields makes the most important ingredient for lab grown meat – cell growth media. We harness the power of nature to produce recombinant proteins 1000 times cheaper than anyone else through our novel, bioreactor-free technology.

Lofty AI
Los Angeles, CA
We help real estate investors instantly find the best A.I. vetted, off-market properties across the U.S.

Los Gatos, CA
MOLYWORKS Materials Corporation, a California-based, developer of the circular economy for metal was founded in a shipping container on our home driveway. The MolyWorks’ Greyhound has expertise in over 21 metals for AM and has been contracted for land, air, sea, and space applications.


Queensland, Australia
AgUnity Response creates resilient food supply chains in the face of COVID-19 with our technology platform that enables farmers to safely connect with buyers and ensure uninterrupted food supply chains worldwide.

Los Angeles, CA
Exosonic is developing the world’s first quiet supersonic passenger airliner to fly supersonic everywhere — overland and overwater with a muted boom. The company already has interest from a major international carrier and the USAF to produce both commercial and executive transport versions of the airliner.

Smart Cities, Transportation & Logistics


ClearFlame Engine
Geneva, ILL
ClearFlame Engine Technologies provides the fastest pathway to scalable and equitable emissions reductions for heavy duty engines. Our patented technology meets all emissions regulations using decarbonized liquid fuels, leveraging existing global infrastructure. We offer lower costs than using petroleum fuels enabling rapid adoption in developing nations and frontline communities.

New York, NY
Lucky enables eCommerce brands to utilize retailers and specialty stores as distribution networks.

Winnipeg, Canada
MicroTraffic measures near-misses at intersections with AI-powered computer vision. We help cities to plan and monitor the effectiveness of intersection safety improvements by combining our diagnostic technology with their existing overhead cameras.

Toronto, Canada
TransPod is developing the next generation of affordable and sustainable ultra-high-speed transportation for a better connected and fossil fuel-free society.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
VideowindoW is a startup based in the Delft University in The Netherlands. Our 8 people strong team aims to disrupt conventional glare control by developing a transparent, interactive video screen in glass façades. Offered as a service, VideowindoW reduces the carbon footprint, adds experience and yields an immediate return by showing commercial content.


Orinda, CA
Airflow is building the first electric Short Take-Off and Landing (eSTOL) aircraft designed for sustainable same-day e-commerce. ‍ Airflow’s eSTOL aircraft can move cargo quickly and cost-effectively by flying over traffic.

Dastgyr Technologies
Singapore, Singapore
30% of the entire GDP of Pakistan is spread across 2 million small retailers. However, the industry is highly fragmented causing retailers to face procurement challenges as they are charged high prices, face in-convenience, and can’t get a loan.

Social and Culture


Applied BioPlastics
Austin, TX
Applied Bioplastics enables manufacturers to materially and affordably reduce their CO2 footprint. We have brought together the IP, the team, market-ready products, and interested buyers to substitute carbon-negative plant material for petrochemical feedstock without sacrificing quality or margin.

Collective Liberty
Washington, DC
Collective Liberty gets actionable intelligence to law enforcement, equipping them with curated data to arrest & convict human traffickers.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dayrize is a consumer marketplace that has developed a proprietary scoring tool driven by machine-learning (AI) that will assess and standardise the sustainability credentials of products across all categories. For the first time, consumers will be able to compare and buy products based on their measured environmental impact.

Cupertino, CA
Refiberd is solving the 93 million ton problem of global textile waste. We are developing a novel textile recycling system that uses AI and a patent-pending green chemical recycling process to convert used, discarded textiles into new, reusable thread.

Toronto, Canada
Readocracy gives you credit for all the articles, books, podcasts, videos you consume and contribute. So you can understand your information diet, showcase the best of it to prove yourself on any subject, and unlock exclusive perks. All privacy-first. For a less polarized world where how we inform ourselves counts.


Cairo, Egypt
Agrona makes wood out of agriresidues without cutting a single tree. We are not only protecting forests but we also save the earth GHG gasses when burning the agriresidues; instead we turn it to composite panels that are strong, durable to be used in many furniture and construction applications

Austin, TX
Euphoria builds first-in-the-world technology solutions to restore individual agency to the process of gender transition. We help transgender individuals accomplish life-saving transition goals in a manner that is quicker, safer, and more dignified than ever before. Euphoria aims to augment the phrase “It Gets Better” into “How It Gets Better.”

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
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
Santa Barbara, CA

Leigh Buchanan
Venture Café Miami
Miami, FL

Suzy Bureau
CoverMyMeds/ Give Back Hack
Columbus, OH

Sarah Burgaud
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
Antwerp, Belgium

Steven Cook
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
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
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
San Francisco, CA

Maren Lesche
Vision Health Pioneer Incubator
Berlin, Germany

Lisa Mallner
Copenhagen Capacity
Copenhagen, Denmark

Ikram Mansori
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
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
Atlanta, GA

Nadyli Nunez
Pittsburg, PA

Emmanuel Nyame
Accra, Ghana

Douglas Ogeto
Nairobi, Kenya

Cagdas Onen
Toronto, Canada

Leon Pals
Startup Foundation
Rotterdam, Holland

Amy Peck
San Francisco, CA

Alessandro Ravanetti
Barcelona, Spain

Miki Reynolds
Los Angeles, CA

Steven Rodriguez
Washington, DC

Emily Ross
Inkvine Communication
Ballinam, Ireland

Mark Sanders
Austin Technology Incubator
Austin, TX

Ghader Sadeghi
Tabriz, Azerbayjan

Matthew Cohen Santorelli
New York, NY

Joy Schoffler
Distinctive Edge Advisors
Austin, TX

Steve Schwartz
Redmond, WA

Elisa Sepulveda
Founder Institute
Austin, TX

Leah Simoncelli
AlphaLab Gear
Pittsburg, PA

Sanja Stankovic
Hamburg, Germany

Thomas K.R. Stovall
Chicago, IL

Jennifer Tacheff
Manifest Advisors
San Francisco, CA

Todd Tate
Viva Data
San Francisco, CA

Laura Teicher
Somerville, MA

Anna Thomlinson
Start It @Kbc
Brussels, Belgium

Frederik Tibau
Brussels, Belgium

Rick Turoczy
Portland, OR

Lode Uytterschaut
Start it @KBC
Antwerpen, Belgium

Heidy Vaquerano
Fox Rothschild
Los Angeles, CA

Pedro Vasconcellos
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
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
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.


Monica Landers
Qualifier (Facilitator)

Dean Cruse

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
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
Pre-Event Qualifier

Keith Casey
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
Pre-Event Qualifier

Dorit Donoviel
Translational Institute for Space Health
Pre-Event Coach

Ben Dyer
ADTC (Atlanta)
Pre-Event Coach

Kim Evans
Pre-Event Coach

Sloan Foster
Pre-Event Qualifier

Ben Glen
Shay Glenn LLP
Pre-Event Coach

McArthur Gill
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
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
Pre-Event Coach

Erin Mays
Ebco Trends
Pre-Event Qualifier

Cara McCarty
Pre-Event Qualifier

Lisa McDonald
Austin Technology Incubator
Pre-Event Qualifier

Jake McKee
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
Pre-Event Coach

Will Neder
Universal Operations
Pre-Event Coach

Jon Nordby
Pre-Event Coach

Rachelle Orbio
Pre-Event Coach

Darryl Peek
Google Cloud
Pre-Event Qualifier

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

Isabella Schmitt
Proxima Clinical Research
Pre-Event Coach

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
Pre-Event Qualifier

Chris Westfall
Westfall and Associates LLC
Pre-Event Coach

Sabrina Wojtewicz
Bunker Labs
Pre-Event Qualifier

Tanya White
Pipeline Angels
Pre-Event Qualifier

Chen Zhang
Pre-Event Qualifier



Kwame Anku
Black Star Fund
Sacramento, CA

Lance Armstrong
Next Ventures
Austin, TX

Mike Asem
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
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 Vogels
Seattle, WA

Martina Welkhoff
WXR Fund
Seattle, WA

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.

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


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