SXSW Pitch

March 9-10, 2019

The eleventh annual SXSW Pitch Presented by Cyndx takes place in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges to discover advancements in various sectors of emerging technology.

2019 Finalists

Photo by Marie Ketring

Photo by Marie Ketring



The eleventh annual SXSW Pitch (formerly SXSW Accelerator) Presented by Cyndx 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. Browse the full list of 2019 Finalists and Alternates.

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 6:30pm we will host the SXSW Pitch Award Ceremony and announce a winner from each category.

Download the 2019 Report from PitchBook to explore 11 years of SXSW Pitch data including industry categories and standout alumni stats from the most VC capital raised to most active investors in SXSW companies and much more.

SXSW Pitch Presented by Cyndx

Cyndx is the leading investment search platform which utilizes predictive analytics to intelligently power fundraising processes and M&A activity. Leveraging artificial intelligence (“AI”) and advanced semantic processing technology, the platform analyzes global investor and market data patterns, to make it faster and easier for investors and companies seeking capital and investment opportunities to find each other, every time.

SXSW Pitch Presented by CyndX

SXSW Pitch Supporting Sponsor – Google Cloud

The Google Cloud for Startups Program supports startups at their earliest stages. Through the program, companies gain access to Google product discounts and cloud credits, technical training and support, and a thriving community of founders and developers globally. Eligible startups can join today and start building and scaling with the same infrastructure and tools used by Google.

SXSW Pitch Supporting Sponsor - Google Cloud

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.

Explore the Past Winners Archive to browse winners and other participants from previous SXSW Pitch seasons.

Spotlight on SXSW Pitch 2019

Showcasing cutting-edge technology in a global startup space – 50 finalists from around the world will pitch to a panel of judges and a live audience this March 9-10, 2019 in Austin, Texas.

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

Awards Ceremony


SXSW Pitch Awards Ceremony presented by Cyndx is where you can see the world’s top startups that have emerged as the best of the best at the 2019 SXSW Pitch Event. After two days of pitches, our judges will select a winner from each category. The ceremony is held on Sunday, March 10 from 6:30pm-8:00pm at the Hilton Hotel (6th Floor, Salon H).


Andrew Hyde
Chairman | Glider

Andrew is a technologist that has roots in design. He started Startup Weekend which reached half a million participants and 162 countries around the world. He runs a nonprofit helping build community around the world.

Lisandra Rickards
Chief Entrepreneurship Officer | Branson Centre Caribbean

Lisandra Rickards is Chief Entrepreneurship Officer at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean, the region’s leading business accelerator for scale-up entrepreneurs. Rickards has developed and delivered scaled initiatives to over 2,500 Caribbean entrepreneurs and counting. She has also spearheaded the Centre’s strategy to support growth stage entrepreneurs towards investment raised funding for the expansion of the Centre’s mission, and relocated its headquarters from Montego Bay to the business hub of Kingston. She holds an MBA with Honors from Harvard Business School.



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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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2019 Finalists


Artificial Intelligence

Dubai, UAE

1.3M people die from crashes every year. Autonomous Vehicle technologies are coming, but “mute” autonomous systems won’t solve all safety problems. Derq, an MIT spin-off and Techstars Mobility alum, develops software that helps eliminate crashes and save lives by using patented and award-winning AI algorithms to predict crashes with enough time to prevent them.
Edmonton, Canada

Testfire Labs is an award-winning software company that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to build next-generation productivity tools. Our flagship product is, an AI-assistant that transcribes notes and action items, audits meeting history, and drops it all into a searchable dashboard, for unprecedented organization and productivity insights.

Pittsburgh, PA

RoadBotics is an infrastructure technology company that uses AI to revolutionize how governments and engineering firms make data-driven pavement management decisions. The company uses cutting-edge deep learning and a simple smartphone to disrupt the highly subjective and expensive pavement inspection process.

London, England

Imagine you never had to deal with insurance again. Sherpa’s proprietary AI assesses all the risks you face, and builds you a personalised, all-in-one insurance solution. What’s more, our insurance will automatically keep up to date as your life changes, so you can sleep easy, knowing you are always perfectly protected. Insurance reinvented: better, simpler, cheaper.

San Diego, CA

Autonomous livestock farm management. Livestock produce 30% of global protein. Vence reduces the cost of sustainably raised meat by eliminating the need for infrastructure (fences) and labor on livestock farms and giving customers real-time control. Our AI/ML also provides farmers with additional insight into animal behavior, health and fertility.


Clean Robotics
San Francisco, CA

CleanRobotics utilizes robotics and AI to properly sort recyclables and landfill waste, at the bin level, while gathering useful data and educating the public.

San Francisco, CA

Track is on a mission to make it easier to be self-employed, starting with automatically detecting 1099 income, then withholding and submitting what you owe. No more tax surprises.

Berlin, Germany

XAIN AG is a Berlin-based AI, Cybersecurity and Distributed Systems company. We combine academic research with industry experience to develop unique solutions around enterprise data, resource and knowledge sharing challenges.

Augmented and Virtual Reality

Gainesville, FL

BehaviorMe has created a SaaS that enables therapists to increase the independence of kids and young adults with autism and developmental disabilities. The software is used as part of a therapy session where therapists can run multiple scenarios during a single appointment. Currently the software is being deployed as a web portal and standalone VR headsets.

Healium by StoryUP
Columbia, MO

Healium by StoryUP is the world’s first XR mindfulness channel powered by the user’s brain and heart rate. The biometrically controlled VR & AR stories heal themselves via data from the user’s wearables. In published studies, Healium has been shown to reduce moderate anxiety in as little as 4 minutes.

LinkVR Robot
Austin, TX

LinkDyn provides cutting-edge robots that enable new human-robot interaction in VR applications with realistic force feedback, robotic rehabilitation with seamless assistance, and more. The VR Haptic Robot can drastically improve VR training efficacy by allowing users to feel virtual objects and environment like those in the real world.

New York, NY

Obsess is an immersive e-commerce platform that uses mobile & web-based VR and AR (no headsets needed) to create a new, highly engaging online shopping experience. Our mission is to re-invent the grid interface that hasn’t changed since it was invented by Amazon 20 years ago to sell books online.

Cologne, Germany

DigitalTwin Technology founded in Cologne, Germany aiming to create digital twins of civil infrastructure. Tunnelware is a product that provides digital twin of construction site and Tunnel Boring Machine in order to monitor and manage the construction process in real-time on 5D platform virtually for safer and productive environment.


Austin, TX

myHouseby is the leading platform for new home construction allowing home buyers to discover, design and build homes for their unique lifestyles. From home plan discovery to designing and creating a new home, myHouseby is revolutionizing the new home construction marketplace.

Screen Door
Los Angeles, CA

Screen Door Laboratories augments team capabilities with real-time mission-critical information.

Tampa, FL

Using virtual reality technology, Verapy enhances patient experiences through fun exercise games – reimagining the way therapists engage with their patients.


Golden, CO

Bext360 develops technologies that leverage blockchain, artificial intelligence and IoT, to: streamline critical supply chains in emerging economies, provide a traceable fingerprint for commodities from producer to consumer, and enable organizations to track sustainability and CSR policies and progress. Bext360 was named to Forbes’ 25 Most Innovative AgTech Startups In 2018.

Austin, TX

Eggschain exists to preserve hope of life and peace of mind in the fertility industry and beyond. Leveraging the blockchain, we enable consumers to track their frozen eggs, embryos, sperm and genetic materials. We deliver the above by providing immutable records of ownership information and estate plans.

Knowbella Tech
Cincinnati, OH

Knowbella Tech is an open science collaboration company that uses blockchain to deliver free tools, services, intellectual property, and equipment to researchers, particularly the underserved. Those researchers who collaborate within the Platform will be awarded AnthroCoin cryptocurrency. The Company will initially generate revenues by matchmaking scientists with employers who pay to access the scientists looking for employment.

Nebula Genomics
San Francisco, CA

Nebula Genomics offers consumers and patients affordable personal genome sequencing and enables control over personal genomic data, while researchers get access to a network of individuals for on-demand genomic data generation, access and analysis.

Milwaukee, WI

SteamChain is unlike any other Industrial IoT company in the market today. We don’t just create dashboards that need to be monitored. We enable new business models that bring purpose to clients IIoT investments by connecting financial transactions to machinery performance.


Miami, FL

Bioverse is changing the way our society values the natural ecosystem and biodiversity by creating an entirely new economy that leverages biological and genetic diversity. Using blockchain to secure access and ownership of digital genomics and associated IP, Bioverse is creating a mechanism to ensure that investments in biological and genetic discoveries are generating capital gains to indigenous communities, local government, and ecosystem restoration initiatives.

Los Angeles, CA

Lucidity uses blockchain technology to bring transparency to digital advertising so brands always get what they pay for, honesty is rewarded, dishonesty isn’t, and measurement standards are enforced. We provide the transparency brands need to buy media with confidence.

San Francisco, CA

NuID is a pioneer in trustless authentication and decentralized digital identity. The NuID platform leverages zero knowledge cryptography and blockchain technology to eliminate the need for businesses to store passwords.

Enterprise and Smart Data

Geospiza Swift
Denver, CO

Geospiza uses big data analytics to save lives in disaster. We automate data integration and provide rich, evidence-based decision support to emergency managers, elected officials, and corporate continuity planners.

Austin, TX

Based on Pilosa, Molecula is a computational analysis engine that enables scientists and engineers to focus on the fundamental research needed to solve complex problems without the expensive and difficult data management usually required. Molecula is shifting the focus to extracting knowledge and intelligence from information.

New York, NY

Novo is a banking platform that provides better business checking accounts to today’s companies and is powered by a network of FDIC-insured community banks. Novo is bringing small business banking into the modern age with easy-to-use tools for founders on the go.

Austin, TX

Osano’s platform utilizes ML to provide users with insights regarding data sharing.

Singapore, Singapore

TransferFi is creating the world’s first long-range, safe and efficient Wireless Power Network (WPN). It will be used to power IoT sensor networks to high-power applications that will provide easy access to primary sources of energy. TFi is revolutionizing the way we access power.


Clovis Technologies
San Francisco, CA

Clovis is the next generation anti-money laundering solution: we’re building AI that stops criminals from using our financial systems to terrorize and exploit people around the world.

San Francisco, CA

Research global networks, cloud regions, and interconnected data centers in one place.

Entertainment and Content

Los Angeles, CA

Acciyo’s mission is to transform reading the news from a survivalist exercise into a rich, motivating experience. Our debut product is a tool that populates a timeline of previous articles published on the subject you’re reading. No matter what you read, get the context you need to understand it with ease.

Sacramento, CA

Fantag is the easiest, fastest way for teams, schools, broadcasters and streamers to manage video – for hassle-free sharing of highlights. Using patented cloud video synchronization technology and an app, Fantag automates delivery of personalized highlights and transforms the fan experience. We create a world where no moment is ever lost.

Toronto, Canada

Horizon makes blockchain-powered video games for dreamers, futurists, and digital citizens. We’re pioneering a new dimension of gaming that belongs to its players.

Kyoto, Japan

Stroly is an online platform for illustrated maps linked with geolocation technology. Our service also provides user behavior feedback for data-driven marketing.

Austin, TX

Tankee helps parents protect their kids from inappropriate online content while allowing kids to watch gaming videos they love on mobile devices. From Minecraft adventures to ROBLOX music videos, Tankee’s team of real live humans review, create, and curate the best gaming content in a family-friendly, worry-free environment.


Austin, TX

Ibble helps people build financial confidence by unlocking investment knowledge. With curated news, daily interactive live-streams and weekly trading competitions, we make investing accessible for everyone.

Immersive Systems
Los Angeles, CA

Immersive Systems is delivering a media platform to power the next generation of fan engagement and revenue growth in competitive esports. The platform seamlessly integrates all the stats, highlights, images and content that fans want and delivers it in a beautiful, interactive app.

Atlanta, CA

Vidgo is a prepaid streaming service that targets the unbanked. Vidgo has developed a disruptive pre-payment ecosystem for television to accept cash paying customers.

Health and Wearable

San Francisco, CA

Boost Biomes is using the powerful social networks among microbes to provide novel, sustainable solutions to feed and heal people everywhere. Our first products seek to reduce the enormous waste in agricultural products due to crop loss to fungal pests in the field and post-harvest.

San Francisco, CA

Kegg aims to disrupt fertility industry by cutting of the unnecessary costs, providing meaningful data to women through fertility hardware and access to remote 1:1 fertility specialists. This will make fertility care affordable to millions of women and provide the necessary data for the foundation of preventive healthcare.

Ann Arbor, MI

Pathware is creating hardware and software solutions to simplify the digital pathology workflow. Our whole slide imaging and cloud-based management system, Bioptic, rapidly returns a biopsy quality determination to verify that a viable biopsy was collected with over 96% certainty.

Portable Surgical Visualization System
Philadelphia, PA

X-Biomedical is commercializing surgical visualization technologies developed over several years at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Our novel all-inclusive portable surgical visualization solution is at the convergence of multiple enabling digital technologies & provides more value & costs significantly less compared to status quo systems, disrupting a ~$2B market.

Zibrio SmartScale
Houston, TX

Zibrio: The balance company is dedicated to giving people an edge in their performance, and preventing unnecessary deaths, injuries and costs from falls through a connected smart-scale that measures balance and identifies fall risk. Falls are not a normal part of aging, and we give you the health span you crave.


InvestAcure, PBC
New York, NY

InvestAcure, PBC is building a spare change investment platform to help you invest in companies working on a cure for Alzheimer’s. Our vision is to see a world where drug companies are owned by millions of spare change investors committed to a cure.

Chicago, IL

Rhaeos is a noninvasive wearable flow sensor designed by Northwestern University materials scientists and neurosurgeons for the care of patients with hydrocephalus.

Triad Health AI
Boulder, CO

Using smart speakers to make smarter exercises for Parkinson’s, Triad Health AI takes advantage of emerging smart speaker ecosystems to help people living with Parkinson’s stay healthy, safe and independent.

Hyper-Connected Communities

FT Aviator
Houston, TX

Fluidity Technologies is redefining movement through 3-dimensional space. Founded by former NASA astronaut, pilot and physician, Scott Parazynski, the company’s mission is to simplify and improve motion. Its flagship product, FT Aviator, is a drone controller that puts intuitive flight control in one hand and much-improved camera control in the other.

Seattle, WA

NODE’s patent-pending technology and platform makes the most sustainable and healthy homes affordable. We slash time and cost by turning construction into assembly, activating a new workforce to assemble our flexible system that results in high quality, zero emission, homes.

Munich, Germany

ObjectBox enables Edge Computing in IoT and Mobile with the fastest Edge Database: smaller than 1MB, 10x faster than any alternative, and easy natural language APIs. With ObjectBox, companies develop decentralized products independent from the cloud, that perform in real-time. On top of the database we‘re building a synchronization solution.

Washington, DC

TwentyTables re-imagines the relationship between patrons, restaurants and the food insecure. Our multi-sided marketplace offers consumers affordable fixed-cost meals, and increases vendor efficiencies, while also helping feed the hungry. A-Community-of-Food.

Los Alamos, New Mexico

UbiGro is a nanotech-enabled greenhouse film by UbiQD, Inc. that red-shifts the sun’s spectrum for improved crop yield and quality. UbiGro has been shown effective for tomatoes, cucumbers, leafy greens, hemp, and cannabis in various climates. UbiQD enabled this innovation with its safer, cheaper, and more reliable quantum dot technology.


Austin, TX

Fieldcraft is a sourcing platform harnessing better data so buyers can simplify ingredient discovery and leverage plant-based and clean label solutions for the next generation of food and beverage.

Chicago, IL

Mesh++ builds battery- and solar-powered WiFi nodes that can host huge, high-speed mesh networks anywhere.

Austin, TX

We make it easy for people to take checkbook control of their retirement savings and invest in anything allowed by the IRS, with no penalties.

Social and Culture

EnrichHER Funding
Atlanta, GA

EnrichHER Funding is fueling the growth of women-led businesses by enabling women founders to secure capital in an affordable and non-dilutive way. Similar to Kiva, we provide investors with an opportunity to lend to small businesses. EnrichHER loans range from $50,000 to $75,000 and are made to pre-screened women-led companies.

Ann Arbor, MI

MySideKick is a complete web-based application that addresses all the issues of sexual violence, with a mobile interface to help better engage college students. We discovered 4 reasons why sexual violence is not properly being addressed on college campuses and created 7 powerful components to address and remedy these issues.

New Age Meats
San Francisco, CA

At New Age Meats, we make meat from animal cells instead of animal slaughter. We can craft meat to be tastier, healthier, and more sustainable than any other meat.

Berkeley, CA

Supportiv —The Support Network—delivers NLP-driven precision peer support and hyper-targeted resource recommendations for daily life struggles like work stress, family pressures, relationship conflict, or loneliness. The proprietary NLP instantly matches users into topic-specific peer groups that dynamically convene for real-time emotional support. People healing people, globally scalable.

VOLO Career Volunteering Platform
London, England

VOLO Group is transforming career development to help people build happier, more fulfilling careers. Their Career Volunteering platform offers a differentiated approach to professional development that addresses skill-building through volunteering; offering hands-on opportunities to learn and grow, while making a positive impact in the local community.


San Francisco, CA

Explorest is modernizing how people discover, experience and photograph the world’s greatest places via highly curated insights from today’s top travel influencers.

iAccess Innovations
Atlanta, GA

A lifestyle application to allow users with mobility impairments to access life!

Tris Holdings
Los Angeles, CA

Tris started as a search and chat extension for google, talk to others searching the same thing, now we are a social browser in play store and App Store.

Sports and Performance

Bisecu Smart Bike Lock
Seongnam-si Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

Bisecu, world’s first fully automatic smart bike lock. Bisecu, which allows bicycle users to forget the presence of the lock and enjoy the bike riding experience fully. Bisecu is not only a completely new type of lock but also the lightest smart bike lock. Furthermore, Bisecu acts as a smart cycling device that analyzes users riding data.

Islamabad, Pakistan

We are a sports technology company with our first product, CricFlex – world’s first wearable technology for Cricket. An arm sleeve, embedded with sensors, tracks illegal bowling actions, arm force, action time & spin to determine player performance, consistency and effort, helping them improve. It’s a US patented technology.

Fan Controlled Football League
Los Angeles, CA

The FCFL is reimagining sports for the digital age: taking the passion of live sport, the competition of fantasy sports, the engagement of video games, and the global reach of esports and combining them into a fan-controlled, live sport, streamed on Twitch and built for the next generation of fan.

MIRO – Human Body AI
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Miro uses AI & computer vision to instantly identify athletes, individual consumer insights & more from running event photos/video. Miro analyzes the human body in motion to unlock value for athletes, events, sponsors & brands. Miro’s proprietary AI has powered the raceday experience for more than 7MM athletes globally.

Limassol, Cyprus

Learn2Play is an international eSports EdTech company offering gamers a platform to improve their skills. L2P counts with over 1M subscribed users on its two platforms, MoreMMR and MoreLegends, which make use of AI to provide a match analysis for Dota 2 and League of Legends, respectively. The platforms also counts with video lessons and its own tournaments.


Marina Del Rey, CA

Mobalytics is the first personal performance analytics platform and gaming assistant for gamers. The platform measures player performance, helps them define their strengths and weaknesses and provides personalized advice on how to improve. You can think of it as an AI coach for gamers.

Uru Sports
Denver, CO

Uru Sports is an online sports recruitment platform connecting players, coaches and teams. Athletes use Uru to find available roster positions on teams worldwide. Teams use Uru to recruit talent.

Xplosion Technology
Missouri City, TX

Xplosion Technology is a sports-technology company based in Texas and centered around our cutting-edge human performance software platform. Think Google Analytics for athletes. Our state of the art, patented data collection process prevents and identifies key injuries among players. Xplosion leverages validated testing methods coupled with wearable sensors to provide training staff comprehensive reports about each athlete’s susceptibility to injury.

Transportation and Delivery

Autonomous Electric Transport System
Gothenburg, Sweden

By challenging conventional thinking, by utilizing big data and cutting-edge technology — and by inspiring people to take responsibility for the planet and each other — Einride is making the movement of goods more intelligent: emission-free, safe, cost-effective, and ultimately, sustainable.

Gothenburg, Sweden

Electristructure is an infrastructure developer for electric charging stations focused on public transport buses. The market for electric buses in public transport is experiencing a major breakthrough this year. Electristructure will take responsibility for long-term investments and optimization of public transport systems.

ENSO – Sustainable Tires for Electric Vehicles
London, England

ENSO innovates in the tire industry by making sustainable tires for electric vehicles that fundamentally reduce toxic tire emissions and increase EV driving range up to 20%. ENSO’s eco-friendly tires are significantly more sustainable and energy efficient than the standard tires currently equipped on some of the World’s best-selling EVs.

Seattle, WA

Migo is the free app for discovering new and existing ways to get from A to B without jumping from app to app. Migo helps riders discover the right ride, at the right time. Options include rideshare, carshare, taxi, scooter, and bikeshare, to specialty transport and public transportation.

Smart B/L
Ljubljana, Slovenia

CargoX is the first open, neutral, and independent decentralized blockchain platform for the shipping industry, built with CargoX’s Blockchain Document Transaction System (BDTS). Freight forwarders, platforms exporters and importers can now enjoy superb data security, documentation transaction speed, and comprehensive integrity with CargoX’s revolutionary Smart Bill of Lading.


Kaizen Health
Chicago, IL

Kaizen Health is changing mobility for healthcare and municipalities to ensure every person, regardless of physical ability, has access to transportation that they need to lead healthy and happy lives.

Kilroy Blockchain
Austin, TX

Kilroy Blockchain helps innovators disrupt their industries by specializing in building custom integrated systems using blockchain, artificial intelligence, and ecommerce technology to streamline business processes and create a smarter organization.

Millebot, Inc.
Orlando, FL

Millebot is a privately held deep-tech company that designs and builds a modular digital-manufacturing platform within the ISO shipping container. Our mission is to accelerate access to sustainable production.

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2018 SXSW Pitch Award Ceremony – Photo by Tico Mendoza

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Pitchbook Report


PitchBook, a financial data and software company, has complied a decade’s worth of data into a report for SXSW Pitch Presented by Cyndx.

Download the 2019 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.



SXSW Pitch relies on hand-picked judges, qualified to determine the viability of a startup based on their demonstrated business and investment experience. The judging process will determine which of the finalists has the most innovative product or service. The following individuals have agreed to contribute their expertise toward the success of the 2019 SXSW Pitch event.

Scott Amyx
Amyx Ventures  
New York, NY

William Bao Bean
Shanghai, China

Christina Bechhold Russ
London, England

Reilly Brennan
Trucks Venture Capital
San Francisco, CA

Lisa Burton
New York, New York

Carman Chan
Click Ventures
Hong Kong

Raphael Christian-Roy
Front Row Ventures
Montreal, Canada

Marco DeMiroz
The Venture Reality Fund
San Francisco, CA

Brian Dixon
Kapor Capital  
Oakland, CA

Barry Downes
Suir Valley Ventures  
London, England

Chinedu Enekwe
Washington, DC

Kristen Faulkner
Menlo Park, CA

Stacy Feld
Johnson & Johnson Innovation
San Francisco, CA

Renata George
Zenmen, VC Academy  
San Francisco, CA

Cat Hernandez
Primary Venture Partners  
New York, NY

Greg Horowitt
T2 Venture Creation  
La Jolla, CA

Mohanjit Jolly
Iron Pillar  
Palo Alto, CA

Laura Kilcrease
Alberta Innovates  
Edmonton, Canada

Kay Koplovitz
Springboard Enterprise  
New York, NY

Sarah Kunst
Cleo Capital  
San Francisco, CA

Byron Ling
New York, NY

Nicolas Jacques-Bouchard
Panache Ventures
Montreal, Canada

Jalak Jobanputra
Future/Perfect Ventures
New York, NY

Akif Malik
San Francisco, CA

James McVeigh
New York, NY

Jesse Middleton
Flybridge Capital  
New York, NY

Sarah Morgenstern
Omidyar Network  
Washington, DC

Marlon Nichols
Cross Culture Ventures  
Los Angeles, CA

Lynne O’Keefe
Define Ventures  
San Francisco, CA

Peng T. Ong
Monk’s Hill Ventures  
Singapore, Singapore

Manny Padda
New Avenue Capital  
Vancouver, Canada

Anil Pereira
High-Growth Companies  
San Carlos, CA

Flavio Pripas
Redpoint eventures  
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Adeo Ressi
Founder Institute  
Mountain View, CA

Oliver Ressler
Courtside Ventures  
Los Angeles, CA

Ralph Sampson
SeventySix Capital  
Los Angeles, CA

Jenna Seiden
Lumo Labs  
Los Angeles, CA

Mandela SH Dixon
Founder Gym  
Oakland, CA

Cary Smith
Big Ass Fans  
Austin, TX

Bryan Stolle
Wildcat Venture Partners  
San Mateo, CA

Kathleen Warner
American Heart Association  
Dallas, TX

Martina Welkhoff
WXR Fund  
Seattle, WA

Austin, TX

Lukasz Wojtowicz
UEFA Events SA  
Nyon, Switzerland

Rene Yang Stewart
Vista Equity Partners  
Austin, TX

Laura Yao
EQT Ventures  
San Francisco, CA

Santiago Zavala
500 Startups  
Mexico City, Mexico

Advisory Board


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

Explore the 2019 Advisory Board below as well as the Qualifying Committee, Coaches and On-Site Coaches.

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

Roushaira Alexander
Humans of Willemstad
Curaçao, Netherlands

Karen Allen
Karen Allen Consulting
Los Angeles, CA

Javier E. Altamirano
Minneapolis, MN

Mevish Aslam
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

Ilias Benjelloun
Desjardins Lab | Montreal New Tech
Montreal, Canada

Robert Bennett
Victoria, Canada

Remi Bergues
Paris Region Entreprises
Paris, France

Adam Berk
FUNding for Founders
Detroit, MI

Katja Berkhout
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Karen Boers
European Startup Network
Brussells, Germany

Beth Bond
Chicago, IL

Kat Borlongan
La French Tech
Paris, France

Robert Bouschery
Cologne, Germany

Melissa Bradley
Project 500
Washington, DC

Navjot Brar
Carpe Data
Santa Barbara, CA

Jessica Brown
XPRIZE Foundation
Oakland, CA

Suzy Bureau
Columbus, OH

Sarah Burgaud
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
Shanghai, China

Shona Claremont
London, England

Rendl Clark
Boulder, CO

Ben Clayton
Plus Four
Montreal, Canada

Bonnie Clipper
American Nurses Association
Silver Spring, MD

Jay Clouse
Unreal Collective
Columbus, OH

Bart Collet
Antwerp, Belgium

Steven Cook
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
New York, NY

Debra Davis
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
Asunción, Paraguay

Idan Fisher
UK Israel Tech Hub
Tel Aviv, Israel

Alvin Foo
Shanghai, China

Jessica Ford
Anaheim, CA

Kathleen Fritzsche
Specialist at Zoi
Berlin, Germany

Juliane Frommter
T-Hub Foundation
Hyderabad, India

Brian Frumberg
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
New York, NY

Lorin Hamlin
Under Armour
Baltimore, MD

Tim Hayden
Stadia Ventures
St. Louis, MO

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
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
Moscow, Russia

Sanjib Kalita
Fairfax, VA

Selam Kebede
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Marius Kraemer
Stuttgart, Germany

Mike Kelly
Ford Smart Mobility
Dearborn, MI

Om Kundu
New York, NY

Ryan Kushner
California Clean Energy Fund
San Francisco, CA

James Kwan
Jumpstart Media Limited
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Daniel Kyne
Dublin, Ireland

Dani Larson
Denver, CO

Jennifer Lee
San Francisco, CA

Maren Lesche
Startjup Colors UG
Berlin, Germany

Mike Lightman
World Bank Group
New York, NY

Stina Liland
Stockholm, Sweden

Nektarios Liolios
London, England

Nicholas Longano
New York, NY

Alejandro Lopez
Medellin Startup City
Medellin, Colombia

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
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
Cincinnati, OH

Colleen Maxwell
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
Tallinn Harjumaa, Estonia

Aashay Mody
San Francisco, CA

Johanna Moran
Dublin, Ireland

Violeta Moran
Fundacion Emprender
Manabi, Ecuador

Richard Munassi
Tampa Bay WaVE
Tampa, FL

Wayne Murphy
Cork, Ireland

Rika Nakazawa
Mountain View, CA

Miikka Neuvonen
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
Toronto, Canada

Leon Pals
Startup Foundation
Rotterdam, Netherlands

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

Amy Peck
San Francisco, CA

Benedikt Peckruhn
Jolly Roger UG
Cologne, Germany

Benjamin Penkert
Berlin, Germany

Daniela Peralvo
Quito, Ecuador

John Peters
Washington DC

Adrian Pica
Cowork Timisoara
Cluj, Romania

Egita Polanska
Startup Wise Guys
Riga, Latvia

Eman Pulis
Msida, Malta

Carolyn Quinlan
Bank of Ireland
Dublin, Ireland

Miki Reynolds
Los Angeles, CA

Melissa Roberts
Enterprise Center in Johnson County
Overland Park, KS

Steven Rodriguez
Washington, DC

Matias Rojas
Santiago, Chile

Andrea Romoli
Milano, Italy

Emily Ross
Sportstech Ireland
Dublin, Ireland

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
Bellevue, WA

Richard Seline
San Antonio, TX

Marcus Shaw
The Company Lab
Chattanooga, TN

Casper Smeets
Nijmegen, Netherlands

Alan Smithson
Mississauga, Canada

Christoph Sollich
The Pitch Doctor
Berlin, Germany

Sanja Stankovic
Hamburg Startups & StartupSpot Germany
Hamburg, Germany

Thomas K.R. Stovall
Chicago, IL

Stefano Tambornini
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
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
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Isaac Vanderburg
Launch Alaska
Anchorage, AK

Sabine VanderLinden
Startupbootcamp InsurTech
London, England

Pedro Vasconcellos
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

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

Stacey Wallin
BC Tech
Vancouver, Canada

Lauren Washington
Black Women Talk Tech
Austin, TX

Michael Weatherby
BDO Canada
Surrey, Canada

Eric Weissmann
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
New York, NY

Felix Wong
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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Qualifying Committee, Coaches and On-Site Coaches


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, Coaches work closely with the finalists in the months leading up to the event to assist them in their onstage presentations. On-site Coaches work with the finalist as they rehearse their presentation on Friday, March 8, 2019.


Lindsey Schell
Civitas Learning
Qualifier (Facilitator)

Dean Cruse
Qualifier (Facilitator)

Greg Wright
HATCH pitch
Pre-Event Coach (Facilitator)

Brian Lang
Energizing Health
On-site Coach (Facilitator)

Pre-Event Qualifiers, Pre-Event Coaches and On-Site Coaches

Tony Averbeck
Pre-Event Qualifier

Katie Baker
Kauffman Foundation
Pre-Event Coach

April Beasley
Tiny Rocket Marketing
Pre-Event Coach

Kim Bond-Evans
On-Site Coach

Sara Brand
True Wealth
On-Site Coach

Zach Brandon
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
On-Site Coach

Shelly Brenckman
The McFerrin Center for Entrepreneur
Pre-Event Coach

William Clark
On-Site Coach

Julie Collins
I-Corps South
On-Site Coach

Michael Crider
Pre-Event Qualifier

Cassandra Cuellar
Shearman & Sterling, LLP
Pre-Event Qualifier

Lindsay Deneault
Atrium Health
On-Site Coach

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

Tyler Drake
ACC Bioscience Incubator
On-Site Coach

Gary Fomi
On-Site Coach

David Fossas
WP Engine
Pre-Event Qualifier

Benjamin Glenn
Shay Glenn
On-Site Coach

Jonathan Ha
Dell Technologies
Pre-Event Coach

Joanna Heinrich
Pre-Event Qualifier

Yael Hochberg
Rice University/MIT
On-Site Coach

Jacqueline Hughes
Austin Startup Week
Pre-Event Qualifier

Amy Hurwitz
Boston Consulting Group
On-Site Coach

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

Monica Landers
Pre-Event Qualifier

Blanca Lesmes
BB Imaging and Healthcare Consulting

Paulo Machado
Health Innovation Partners LLC
Pre-Event Coach

Monique Maley
Articulate Persuasion
On-Site Coach

Deborah Mansfield
Pre-Event Coach

Susan Masson
University of Texas System
On-Site Coach

Lisa McDonald
Austin Technology Incubator
On-Site Coach

Amanda McGuckin-Hager

Robert McKee
On-Site Coach

Roberto Moctezuma
Fractal River
Pre-Event Coach

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

Will Neder
Universal Operations
On-Site Coach

Paul O’Brien
MediaTech Ventures
On-Site Coach

Rachelle Orbio
Pre-Event Coach

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

Gabriella Rowe
Station Houston
On-Site Coach

Ada Ryland
Ada Ryland Consulting
Pre-Event Coach

Joy Schoffler
Casoro Capital
On-Site Coach

Chris Shonk
ATX Seed Ventures
On Site Coach

Kristin Spindler
IncubatorCTX at Concordia University
On-Site Coach

Mike Steely
Vocool Technologies
Pre-Event Coach

Mark Streich
Pre-Event Coach

Rick Timmins
On-Site Coach

Chris Treadaway
Polygraph Media

Sharon Wallace
Mbira Group
Per-Event Coach

Marcus Whitney
On-Site Coach

Rich Winley
Pre-Event Coach

Sabrina Wojtewicz
Bunker Labs
Pre-Event Qualifier

Ron Yerkes
Pre-Event Coach

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