SXSW Pitch

The eleventh annual SXSW Pitch (formerly Accelerator) will take place during Startup & Tech Sectors on at SXSW 2019. A live audience, as well as a panel of expert judges, will discover advancements in various sectors of emerging technology at this SX event.

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SXSW Pitch

2017 SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event – Photo by Alexa Gonzalez Wagner



Stay tuned to SXSW News and this page for information on SXSW Pitch, 2019 registration, application periods, and more coming in Summer 2018.

2019 SXSW Pitch will feature 50 Interactive technology companies from 10 different categories. These companies will dazzle a live audience with their company pitch and Q&A with our panel of judges. Join us each year at the SXSW Accelerator Award Ceremony when we announce a winner from each category.

Applications for 2019 open on Monday, June 25. Stay tuned for details.

2018 Pitchbook Report


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

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

2018 Winners


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2018 Finalists & Alternates


More than six hundred companies submitted their web-based products to the tenth annual SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event presented by DASH. The competition was tough, and we’re incredibly grateful for all of the great submissions we received this year. Congratulations to the Interactive finalists who will be showcasing their products on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Austin.

Augmented and Virtual Reality Technologies

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


Culver City, CA

Blocker by AfterNow is changing how creative people communicate. Blocker is an augmented reality director’s viewfinder that allows filmmakers to preview their shots using virtual cameras and set elements. On a film set, testing ideas are expensive; we aim to make planning shots agile and expressive.

Los Angeles, CA

We’ve created an AR display that requires no headset, no goggles, no smart device. Our first product, ARwall FX, is poised to disrupt film/TV production. Our second product, AR3D, creates a “virtual window” illusion for businesses and consumers.

Montreal, Canada

CieAR is a developer of an augmented reality platform, tools and customized interactive and immersive augmented reality content that takes storytelling to a new level, completely changing the cinematic experience. The CieAR AR platform enables unique interactive film experiences with unprecedented interactivity and integration of life-size 3D virtual characters.

Munich, Germany revolutionizes television by combining first and second screen into one seamless, interactive and highly entertaining experience. is renewing the way of watching TV by bridging the world of the TV with AR to provide additional information and interaction features for direct response to advertisement and broadcasting content.

wrnch AI
Montreal, Canada

Wrnch is teaching computers to read human body language. The wrnch AI engine is a real-time AI platform to digitize human motion and behavior from the standard video. wrnch AI is a computer vision deep learning company based in Montreal, Canada.


Aris MD
Wilmington, DE

Aris MD is mixing augmented and virtual reality with surgery and training. We are as different on the inside as we are on the outside. We provide a map of each patients’ anatomy giving surgeons an individualized guide on where to cut, and more importantly where not to cut.

Future Sight AR
Houston, TX

Future Sight provides augmented reality and immersive solutions to equip engineering and construction projects with expert skills, know-how, and support.

San Francisco, CA

Marketplace for roofing using artificial intelligence to provide instant satellite-based roofing estimates.

Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies

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


Agrarian Labs
Phoenix, AZ

Agrarian Lab is a multidisciplinary team building automated business intelligence for farms.Along the way we’ve faced combines catching fire, equipment going missing, and weather devastating freshly planted fields.Our first product, Leaf, combines low-cost sensors & mobile devices with advanced algorithms to automatically generate a history of the farm.

Palo Alto, CA

Bluefield’s microsatellite sensors will provide global monitoring of emissions of methane, the world’s most dangerous and valuable greenhouse gas. Our AI-enhanced imaging and analysis will provide oil and gas customers with the data they need to repair costly pipeline leaks and provide the climate risk disclosures that investors are demanding.

Seattle, WA

DroneSeed provides precision forestry services to timber companies & non-profits. We’re paid per acre to plant tree seeds & spray to protect them — by drone swarm.

FastVisa US
Dallas, TX

FastVisa is the new standard for Immigration workflow. We are re-inventing the current immigration process as an automated process. We are committed to transforming America’s broken immigration system into one that is more accessible, safer, and easier to navigate. We help people and professionals manage every part of their immigration journey. by
Austin, TX is a universal messaging platform for the workplace. Users of popular chat tools like Slack, Cisco Spark, Microsoft Teams, and Atlassian Stride can natively send each other direct messages or join a universal channel.


Next Play
San Francisco, CA

We are an enterprise talent development and retention software. Career development is an ill-defined path, and it’s left up to the employees to navigate their careers. We developed a mobile chatbot named Ellen that personally connects with every employee, understands their goals, perceives their blindspots and matches them to the relevant mentors and growth opportunities at their company.

Portland, OR

Tali is your conversational productivity assistant, powered by artificial intelligence. With Tali, you can track your time and manage your productivity using nothing more than your voice. Tali even integrates with your existing invoicing and billing system, eliminating the chore of manual time entry.

Unmanned Life
San Francisco, CA

U-Life’s AI driven IoT software platform creates a fully integrated autonomous system, operated remotely over WiFi, 4G, 5G LTE that is aimed at boosting the productivity and value added of high Operating Expenditure (OPEX) industries such as the telecommunication, mobility, logistics, and transport.

Entertainment and Content Technologies

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.


Paris, France

Antescofo is a Mobile Music/AI company in Paris, after an award-winning algorithm by Founders when they were researchers. Our products leverage content you listen, to content that you can perform with thanks to unique AI allowing real-time adaptation to a user, whether for singing Cover Songs or playing with an orchestra.

FanFood App
Chicago, IL

FanFood is a mobile ordering platform that provides consumers with technology to receive concessions at any live event via delivery or express-line pick up. FanFood enhances the consumer experience while assisting venue owners in generating higher sales.
San Francisco, CA is an AI-powered platform for voice-activated advertising. provides audio publishers with tools to monetize their ad inventory with highly engaging voice-activated ads.

London, England

The future of OTT & TV viewing re-imagined for today’s society. Sceenic’s ‘Watch Together’ SaaS solution enables media companies to create interactive co-viewing experiences for dispersed viewers. “Hidden gem at IBC 2017” by BroadcastProME.

Vochlea Music
London, England

At Vochlea Music we’re developing real-time vocal recognition technology for music creation. Imagine beatboxing triggering live drum samples, vocal ‘twanging’ controlling an awesome guitar solo, or applying an effect such as ‘wah-wah’ all using the voice. Liberate your musical ideas quickly, easily and intuitively with Vochlea Music.


Atlanta, GA

Crescendo helps musicians boost their confidence through interactive performance assessment software powered by Artificial Intelligence.

Waterloo, Canada

Hyku builds the world’s most interactive video technology. Helping television shows, online videos and mobile videos sync relevant content, interactions, social media, and shopping. This patented technology makes videos more engaging for viewers and provides better monetization for content creators and TV stations.

Toronto, Canada

Robin is an AI-assisted personal concierge that is revolutionizing the way you discover, and access live experiences. Engaging via chat and SMS, Robin provides personalized and curated recommendations to the experiences and events you’ll love – and secures tickets, bookings and reservations entirely on your behalf.

Health and Wearables Technologies

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.


Shanghai, China

AirPop is pioneering the innovation of air wearables for personal and public health. Its line of sensing, high-efficiency air pollution accessories for the 4B+ people living in pervasive ambient air pollution enables insight-based breathing through a connected breathomics platform.

Cambridge Cancer Genomics
Cambridge, England

Cambridge Cancer Genomics is developing tools to enable clinicians and scientists to understand therapeutic response in real time. Through the use of artificial intelligence, we can predict a tumor’s evolutionary trajectory and what this may mean for cancer treatment.

Santa Monica, CA

HealthTensor uses artificial intelligence to automatically review all patient data, diagnose the most common conditions, and create documentation for physicians. These evidence-backed notes save physicians time, ensure diagnoses are not missed and improve finances for physicians and hospitals.

New York, NY

Nanowear is a New York-based connected-self technology platform for diagnostics and disease management based on proprietary cloth-based nanosensors and analytics. This is the first and only cloth-based platform that has been approved by the FDA for remote cardiac monitoring. Nanowear’s first product, SimpleSense, focuses on Congestive Heart Failure management.

San Diego, CA

Halo applies in seconds to the ear & wirelessly monitors 100+ vitals (pulse oximetry, heart rate, respiratory rate, and core body temperature) non-invasively in non-sterile conditions. Being deployed first with SOCOM/DoD providing triage, cuffless blood pressure, communications and more. Coming to civilians soon for telemedicine & wellness – Sempulse Saving Lives.


New York, NY

We create elegant, accurate, custom-fit medical braces, orthopedics, and prosthetics in a fast, safe, accessible process. With machine learning, 3D printing, and our patent-pending AI driven CAD platform; we are bringing digital innovation to the end-to-end process.

New York, NY

Lilu builds tech-enabled products for the modern mom. They have created the first automated pumping bra, that mimics expert-recommended breast massage and compression techniques, to enable mothers to get up to 50% more milk each pumping session, hands-free and in less time.

Hyper-Connected Communities Technologies

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


Austin, TX

Apptronik is a robotics company focused on creating the next generation of robotic systems for humans to make our lives safer, more productive, and easier. We specialize in the building blocks of advanced robotics, high-performance electric actuators and real-time embedded control circuits optimized for human-robot interaction.

Oslo, Norway

Diwala is a digital economy platform, powered by blockchain, that enables displaced individuals to build their identity through skills and resources. By digitally documenting and verifying refugee’s skills and providing aid organizations with an overview of their activities, Diwala will improve the whole supply chain with data driven reporting.

San Francisco, CA

Crickets are efficient at converting food and water into nutritionally dense protein, but outsized labor costs make them expensive to grow. Ovipost builds automation systems that help cricket farmers do more with less.

Goma, The Democratic Republic of the Congo

GoTech is a tech company based in Congo and Rwanda, resolved to develop, design and implement solutions for its community in response to its fire problems. Pushed by the desire to make a difference, the founders stay driven by the thirst for being the change they want to see.

Austin, TX

GrubTubs solves for the overabundance of food waste coming from restaurants by creating a nutrient-rich animal feed that is affordable for local family farms. By diverting waste from landfills and improving the business economics for small farmers, we are working to reimagine America’s food, energy, and waste cycles.


Chicago, IL

Smart Apps, LLC is developing EventQueue (EQ), a smart city mobile technology platform that streamlines traffic, navigation, parking, crowd control, and evacuation procedures in real time around events and mass gatherings. EQ will change how cities handle crowds and traffic and will make cities safer and more sustainable.

Kansas City, MO

Homebase is a connected building and community management platform for multi-family and student housing. We make apartments smarter and more livable.

Louisville, KY

MailHaven is a hyper-local logistics startup solving the problem of missed deliveries and stolen packages. Our first products are, a package tracking app and Haven; a smart mailbox that receives packages on behalf of home owners.

Payment and Fintech Technologies

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


San Francisco, CA

Cushion helps consumers safeguard their hard-earned money. Their first product is a Facebook Messenger bot, called Fee Fighter, that disputes bank fees & interest charges on your behalf – saving you time and getting back wasted dollars. In the future, Cushion aims to anticipate and resolve financial issues before they come up.
Boston, MA makes student debt repayment easy – for employers, platforms, and users. offers student debt pay down as a service, and refinancing and other value-add products, shaving years off the lifespan of the loan.

New York, NY

Goalsetter is a goal-based savings and gifting platform for kids and their families, combining the best of goal-based savings platforms like Acorns with gift-registries like Zola. In so doing, Goalsetter enables families to save for kids’ goals easily and simultaneously teaches kids healthy financial habits early.

Nashville, TN

Leaf provides financial services to the stateless and excluded by creating a virtual bank through blockchain technology. Leaf offers a safe way for refugees to protect and transport savings while escaping conflict. By facilitating the movement and storage of assets, Leaf reduces the risk of theft and creates economic identities.

Nairobi, Kenya

Pawame is lighting up rural communities with our clean, affordable and reliable solar solution. Our use of mobile money platforms for payment gives our customers a means of finance that is not limited by distance, enabling us to access frontier markets. Using the data collected from digital payments, Pawame can create credit profiles for our customers, enabling us to distribute our further financial services.


Dublin, Ireland

ID-Pal is a SaaS solution for KYC that enables businesses to onboard their customers simply, securely and conveniently. Using advanced mobile technologies, ID-Pal reduces the cost and risk associated with verifying a customer’s identity, while removing any friction from the user experience, resulting in top-line revenue growth for the business.

New York, NY

StackSource is a tech-enabled commercial real estate loan platform. We connect investors who are developing or acquiring commercial properties with financing options like banks, insurance companies, and private lenders through an easy, transparent process. We’re taking the best of commercial mortgage brokerage and updating it for the 21st century.

Seattle, WA

Tomorrow helps families make future financial decisions today to protect the ones you love. Create a legal will – which includes guardianship for your kids – and living trust for free and then make sure you have enough life insurance to cover financial needs.

Security and Privacy Technologies

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


Lake St Louis, MO

Bandura’s Easy, Open, Secure technologies enable organizations to control their cyber risk exposure at a time when threats are increasing exponentially, and existing security infrastructure is overcome. Bandura takes action at scale to stop attacks on-premises and in the cloud-as first mover in the emerging threat intelligence gateway category.

Atlanta, GA

PolyPort is 3D asset protection, management, and delivery company, which employs proprietary encryption technology to facilitate an end-to-end solution for 3D designers. Moreover, PolyPort allows designers to use their tools, shortcuts, and capabilities in their environment across all platforms.

14bis Supply Tracking
Houston, TX

14bis Supply Tracking provides trustworthy asset tracking, streamlining supply chain processes and combatting unapproved parts. We improve supply chains with exceptional tracking capabilities leveraging blockchain technology and our patent-pending system.

Secure Code Warrior
London, England

In a world that depends on software, Secure Code Warrior makes software development better and more secure. Our proven suite of secure coding tools sits within one powerful platform that moves the focus from reaction to prevention, training and equipping developers to think and act with a security mindset.

Storro B.V.
Hengelo, Netherlands

Storro is a high-tech software company that contributes to a safer world through enabling secure communication via peer-to-peer and blockchain technology, which allows you to collaborate directly with each other, without the need to trust a third party.


San Francisco, CA

Cleo provides a real-time data gathering platform that enables true information privacy and security for sources and panelists to sell data directly to organizations. Cleo uses advanced encryption and data validation techniques to ensure pseudo-anonymity of sources and quality of information.

Atlanta, GA

Gyomo’s PeerPreview(tm) protects against email and web-based phishing attacks utilizing just-in-time training(tm) that combines machine learning, gamification, and crowd-sourcing to deliver training right when people need it most – the exact moment they click on a suspicious link.

Suffern, NY

SAAVHA leverages blockchain technology to enable EU General Data Protection Regulatory compliance through a semi-automated SaaS IT solution that provides EU data subjects with ultimate control over their data and offers businesses with better data security, improved efficiency, and reduced compliance costs.

Social and Culture Technologies

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.


San Francisco, CA

70 million Americans have criminal records. They all experience pain in finding a job. We’re the first for-profit marketplace for folks deserving a second chance and companies eager to access a vast, untapped pool of labor. Y Combinator S17

Austin, TX

ICON is a construction-technology company currently working towards building the first up-to-code 3D printed home in the United States (using concrete as substrate). The company is working in Austin, Texas on a contract from New Story (YC S15) in bringing to market the promise of robotic home-building.

Moms Can: Code
Pittsburgh, PA

Moms Can: Code is a membership-based online community for moms learning how to code. We provide opportunities to connect online and offline, learning resources via our website and community platform, and real-life inspiration by featuring female leaders from around the world.

Seattle, WA

Samaritan equips cities and citygoers to elevate their homeless from the street. Small Bluetooth beacons are given to the homeless, enabling citygoers to learn the stories of the people they pass by daily and invest directly into their lives.

Synervoz Communications
Toronto, Canada

The Switchboard App enables new styles of voice chat and shared experiences with music and video. The Switchboard Platform makes these experiences available to third-party developers looking to engage users and differentiate their offerings. Switchboard uses patented technologies leveraging deep audio and voice processing capabilities.


BBy – Milk Sharing
New York, NY

BBy is a physician created a peer to peer marketplace for android and ios that connects nursing mothers with new parents to buy and sell breast milk in a safe and reliable manner. Leading the way with revolutionary milk sharing technology to nurture the next generation of humans.

New York, NY

Envested’s workplace engagement product is a next-generation solution that takes a social approach to building community and culture at work. Their enterprise SaaS solution allows employees to seamlessly self-organize around leisure activities, workplace events and local volunteer opportunities. Envested was named an Inc 30 under 30 company in 2017.

Roots Studio
San Fransico, CA

Roots Studio digitizes the creative content of traditional artists from remote areas with the global $32 billion dollar art, interior decor, and design licensing markets. We have digitized hundreds of unseen art from 1200+ artists (India, Indonesia, and Syria), and licensed them onto stationery, and clothing, amidst other products.

Sports and Performance Data Technologies

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.


Rotterdam, Netherlands

DashTag introduces the Dash Soccer League. Leveraging technology and the online nature of new generation soccer players, we offer a sports experience that doesn’t feel outdated. The Dash, a wearable sensor, turns field performance into FIFA like stats to participate in competitions, challenges and pave the way to global recognition.

Fremont, CA

KidzToPros is leading platform for Child enrichment sports and activities. Our technology makes us a leading provider for parents to enroll their kids in an after-school program at school facilities.

Boston, MA

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

Helsinki, Finland

Tellyo is a web-based video platform for near-live video production, editing, streaming and distribution. It allows rights holders (sports federation, leagues, event organizers or broadcasters) to easily create unique stories from live content and share them to engage fans on social media in real-time.

Walnut Creek, CA

UPGRADED converts event tickets into secure interactive digital assets protected by the Blockchain. These tickets work with existing entry systems (no hardware upgrades necessary) while delivering encryption, sales restrictions, stored value, loyalty data, and other dynamic elements that turn a ticket into a “smart ticket”.


Pittsburgh, PA

Hustle is the most comprehensive collection of sports drills and practice resources for youth coaches and players, packaged in a convenient and user-friendly smartphone application. We’ve created a marketplace for professional coaches to distribute and sell premium content, letting anyone learn from the pros.

Perth, Western Australia

myKicks is a mobile application built on world first sports vision technology to enable any soccer player with a smartphone to film their kicks, analyze their kicking performance (speed, placement, and trajectory) and simulate real-world scoring situations against virtual goalies, enabling users to become better soccer players.

Torq Labs
Madison, WI

Torq Labs created smart leggings for injury prevention, called K-Tech Smart Leggings. Using lightweight, low-power sensors, Torq Labs helps professional athletes & triathletes prevent knee and hip injuries. Torq Labs’ proprietary movement mapping software identifies asymmetries & gait imbalances that are known precursors to developing lower body injuries.

Transportation Technologies

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


Boulder, CO

Commutifi is a wellness platform that optimizes mobility for commuters, enterprises, business districts, campuses, and cities. It captures holistic commuting data, measures time, cost and carbon efficiencies, generates recommendations, and administers benefits and subsidies that inspire optimum commuting.

Seattle, WA

Goin’s integration platform introduces ridesharing companies to the markets of flexible transit, ADA paratransit, and medical transportation so smart cities can fund greater access and equity. Goin is an FTA Mobility on Demand grant partner. Customers include first transit agency to partner with Uber, government organizations and medical facilities.

New York, NY

GoKid is the complete carpool solution for schools, teams, and families. Easy-to-use apps enable families to set up and manage carpools with people they know and trust. GoKid is an alumnus of Techstars Mobility backed by Fontinalis Partners and InMotion Ventures. GoKid is headquartered in New York.

Pittsburgh, PA

Gridwise is a mobile platform that increases rideshare drivers’ earnings 39% by helping them know when and where to drive. Through the unique data models it has developed, Gridwise can help improve the efficiency of existing and new multimodal transit solutions for fleet operators and cities.

Livonia, MI

Ushr is a software and technology company offering HD mapping data and software to autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicle manufacturers. Ushr has the most accurate, comprehensive and advanced high-definition mapping technology in production today. Ushr’s technology is critical for safe vehicle operation and is transforming the transportation industry.


Ion Motor Company
Austin, TX

ION is a team of experienced electric motorcycle enthusiasts who came together in the Fall of 2017 in Austin, Texas to make the fastest production electric motorcycle in the world … under $10,000. ION transforms your daily commute into a thrill you look forward to every day. No loud noise, no vibrations, no shifting, just twist the throttle and feel the G-forces pull a smile across your face.

Portland, OR

Mogol has invented Connected Traffic Management(TM), a virtual traffic management platform that uses the vehicle as sensor and communicates to the driver via dashboard, navigation or smartphone instead of expensive roadside sensors and digital message signs for traffic management.

Portland, OR

Tripgrid was built to help teams of all shapes and sizes better organize their travel. Powerful technology coupled with an intelligent interface provides our customers with a workspace that is a part spreadsheet and completely customizable. Teams can organize all of their travel information any way they want.

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

2018 Sponsors


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2018 Advisory Board


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

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

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

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2018 Judges and Emcees


SXSW Accelerator 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 SXSW Accelerator event.

Hussein Al Baya
Sageview Capital
Greenwich, CT

Matt Bigge
Crosslink Capital
San Francisco, CA

Christina Chase
Boston, MA

Tipatat Chennavasin
The Venture Reality Fund
San Francisco, CA

Lynne Chou OKeefe
Kleiner Perkins
Menlo Park, CA

Sara Deshpande
Maven Ventures
San Francisco, CA

Brian Dixon
Kapor Capital
San Francisco, CA

Don Dodge
Boston, MA

David Dufresne
Panache Ventures
Montreal, Canada

Stacy Feld
Johnson & Johnson Innovation
San Francisco, CA

Quin Garcia
Auto Tech Ventures
San Francisco, SA

Renata George
San Francisco, CA

J Kelly Gray
Service Group
Austin, TX

Trisha Harry
Stanley Ventures
San Francisco, CA

Chip Hazard
Flybridge Capital Partners
Boston, MA

Jody Holtzman
Longevity Venture Advisors
New Rochelle, NY

Leah Hunter
Created Here
San Fracisco, CA

Mohammad Islam
Menlo Park, CA

Mohanjit Jolly
Iron Pillar
Palo Alto, CA

Dhani Jones
Qey Capital
Cincinnati, OH

Laura J. Kilcrease
Alberta Innovates
Edmonton, Canada

Kay Koplovitz
Springboard Enterprises
New York, NY

Scott Lenet
Touchdown Ventures
Los Angeles, CA

Akif Malik
Podium VC
San Francisco, CA

Michael Meyer
MiddleGame Ventures
Washington, DC

Sarah Morgenstern
Omidyar Network
Washington, DC

Ben Narasin
San Francisco, CA

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

Deepen Parikh
Courtside Ventures
New York, NY

Heidi Patel
Rethink Impact
San Francisco, CA

Adam Plotkin
ff Ventures
New York, NY

Wendy Schadeck
New York, NY

Christopher Thomas
Fontinalis Partners
Detroit, MI

Phil Toronto
New York, NY

Andy Tryba
Austin, TX

Constantijn van Oranje
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ryan Walsh
Floodgate Ventures
San Francisco, CA

Rei Wang
First Round Capital
San Francisco, CA

Martina Welkhoff
Women in XR
Seattle, WA

Jeremy Yap
Angel Investor
London, United Kingdom

Co-Emcees for our Awards Ceremony

Meet the world’s top startups that have emerged as the best of the best at the 2018 SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event. After two days of pitches our judges will select a winner from each category and we will honor them at the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event Awards Ceremony.

Sunday, March 11, 2018
Hilton Hotel (4th Floor: Salon AB)

Andrew Hyde
Origin Protocol
Head of Community

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 works in cryptocurrency

Bob Metcalfe
University of Texas
Professor of Innovation

Bob Metcalfe is Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise at The University of Texas at Austin. An Internet pioneer starting 1970, he invented Ethernet 1973, founded 3Com Corporation 1979. He was a journalist in 1990s, venture capitalist in 2000s, awarded 2003 National Medal of Technology.

Robyn Metcalfe

Robyn Metcalfe is a Visiting Scholar and Lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Director of Food+City, an innovative project that explores the future of feeding cities. She is an author of two books, a recovering farmer of heritage livestock, and the producer of the Food+City startup competition.

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2018 Qualifying Committee, Coaches, and On-Site Coaches


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

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


Lindsey Schell
Civitas Learning
Qualifier (Facilitator)

Dean Cruse
Union Metrics
Qualifier (Facilitator)

Greg Wright
HATCH pitch
Pre-Event Coach (Facilitator)

Brian Lang
Energizing Health
On-Site Coach (Facilitator)

Qualifiers, Coaches and On-Site Coaches

Tony Averbeck

Katie Baker
Kauffman Foundation
Pre-Event Coach

Bart Bohn
Translational Research Institute
Pre-Event Coach

Kim Bond-Evans
On-Site Coach

Sara Brand
True Wealth
On-Site Coach

Robert Brackenridge
Game Factor-e
Pre-Event Coach

Zach Brandon
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
On-Site Coach

Shelly Brenckman
The McFerrin Center for Entrepreneur
Pre-Event Coach

Bob Bridge
Southwest Angel Network
On-Site Coach

William Clark
On-Site Coach

Michael Crider
Byrne Boadle

Randall Crowder
TEXO Ventures
On-Site Coach

Cassandra Cuellar
Andrews Kurth, LLP

Tim Dietz
Formely IBM
On-Site Coach

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

Gary Fomi
On-Site Coach

Adrian Fortino
Mercury Fund
On-Site Coach

David Fossas
WP Engine

Benjamin Glenn
Shay Glenn LLP
On-Site Coach

Jonathan Ha
Pre-Event Coach

Stephen Hays
Deep Space Ventures
On-Site Coach

Joanna Heinrich
Spoke Marketing

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

Monica Landers

Blanca Lesmes
BB Imaging and Healthcare Consulting

Paulo Machado
Health Innovation Partners LLC
Pre-Event Coach

Deborah Mansfield
Pre-Event Coach

Amanda McGuckin-Hager

Jake McKee
Pre-Event Coach

Robert McKee
On-Site Coach

Roberto Moctezuma
Fractal River
Pre-Event Coach

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

Will Neder
On-Site Coach

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

Joe Payton
Genius Den
On-Site Coach

Mark Phillip
Are You Watching This?!

John Reale
Station Houston
On-Site Coach

Amos Schwartzfarb
Techstars Austin
Pre-Event Coach

Chris Shonk
ATX Seed Ventures
On Site Coach

Mike Steely
Cobbler Media
Pre-Event Coach

Mark Streigh
Pre-Event Coach

Rick Timmins
On-Site Coach

Chris Treadaway
Polygraph Media

Cindy Walker-Peach
Austin Technology Incubator

Marcus Whitney
On-Site Coach

Adam Wulf
Milestone Made
Pre-Event Coach

Ron Yerkes
Pre-Event Coach

Joon Yun
Palo Alto Investors
On-Site Coach

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Learn More

Apply to 2018 SXSW Release It

Apply to have your product or service considered for the 2018 SXSW Release It pitch competition. Deadline: Friday, January 19, 2018.

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

2017 Archive

Entry Process Overview


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


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


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

For any SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event inquiries, please contact

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SXSW Accelerator Alums: Over $4.63 Billion in Funding

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

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

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

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

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

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


For any press inquiries to SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event, Startup & Tech Sectors Track, and the SXSW Interactive Festival, please contact

Hotel Information for Finalists

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

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2017 Winners


Enterprise and Smart Data

Deep 6 Analytics
Pasadena, CA

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


Austin, TX

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

Social and Culture

San Diego, CA

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

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

Health and Wearable

Sound Scouts
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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


Toronto, Canada

Brizi automates and monetizes fan content in stadiums.

Payment and FinTech

Oakland, CA

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

Security and Privacy

San Francisco, CA

UnifyID revolutionizes authentication by discovering what makes us unique.

Augmented and Virtual Reality

San Francisco, CA

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

Innovative World
Buffalo, NY

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

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

Reading, United Kingdom

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

Most Innovative Company

Helixworks Technologies
Cork, Ireland

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

Best One Minute Speed

New York, NY

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