SXSW Pitch

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

Regular Entry: September 10 – November 11



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SXSW Pitch Presented by Cyndx – 2019 – Photo by Beverly Schulze

SXSW Pitch Presented by Cyndx – 2019 – Photo by Beverly Schulze

About SXSW Pitch

 

The 14th annual SXSW Pitch will take place at the Hilton Austin Downtown on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13. A live audience, as well as a panel of expert judges, will discover advancements in various sectors of emerging technology. 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.

From 2009-2020, 82% of companies received funding and 17% of companies were acquired with a total of $9.4 billion in funding for SXSW Pitch alumni.

2022 SXSW Pitch will feature 45 Interactive technology companies from 9 different categories. These companies will dazzle a live audience with their company pitch and Q&A with our panel of judges. 25 companies will be featured on Saturday, March 12 and 20 companies on Sunday, March 13. A winner from each category will be announced during the SXSW Pitch Award Ceremony on Sunday, March 13 at 5:30pm CT.

Applications for SXSW Pitch are now open. Learn more about eligibility requirements and important deadlines before you apply.

2022 Schedule

 

SXSW Pitch

Saturday, March 12th

Hilton Hotel, Salon DE (4th Floor)

10:00am – 11:00am Social & Culture Technology

11:30am – 12:30pm Enterprise & Smart Data Technology

2:30pm – 3:30pm Entertainment & Content Technology

4:00pm – 5:00pm Health, Wearables and Wellbeing Technology

5:30pm – 6:30pm Extended Reality & Immersive Technology

Sunday, March 13th

Hilton Hotel, Salon DE (4th Floor)

10:00am – 11:00am Smart Cities, Transportation & Logistics

11:30am – 12:30pm Innovative World Technologies

2:30pm – 3:30pm Future of Work

4:00pm – 5:00pm Artificial Intelligence. Robotics and Voice Technology

SXSW Pitch Award Ceremony

Sunday, March 13th

Hilton Hotel , Salon H (6th Floor)

5:30pm Award Ceremony

2022 SXSW Pitch Finalists Meet Up

Monday, March 14th

Hilton Hotel, Salon C (4th Floor)

10:00am – 12:00pm SXSW Pitch Finalists Meet Up

SXSW Pitch 2022

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

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Application Deadlines & Fees

Regular Entry September 10 – November 11 $220

All deadlines end at 11:59pm PT

To be eligible:

  • Companies are eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria:
  • The company’s product and / or service must have launched no earlier than March 12, 2020;
  • The company’s product and / or service must not launch after June 13, 2022;
  • Each company may only enter one product or service to SXSW Pitch;
  • A company that enters more than one product or service will not be eligible to participate in SXSW Pitch;
  • Founders of the company applying must retain some portion of ownership in the company;
  • Each applicant is only eligible to present in one of the SXSW families of startup events (SXSW Pitch, SXSW EDU Launch). In contrast, if you have applied for one of these events (other than SXSW Pitch), and were not accepted to participate, then please feel free to apply to SXSW Pitch.
  • The Company must not have raised over ten (10) Million Dollars in funding from combined funding sources
  • The product or service must fall into one of the SXSW Pitch categories.
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    Contacts

    For any SXSW Pitch inquiries, please contact michelle@sxsw.com.

    For any press inquiries to SXSW Pitch Event, please contact interpress@sxsw.com.

    Categories

     

    Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & Voice

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

    Enterprise & Smart Data

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

    Entertainment, Gaming & Content

    Technologies and applications that are reinventing the ways humans find enjoyment through areas such as leisure, education, and entertainment. Industries these technologies address may include gaming, music, film, television, video, arts, news and publishing, streaming, and digital storytelling.

    Extended Reality & Immersive Technology

    Technologies using XR – augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and other visualization technologies. These applications may address such uses as gaming, entertainment, data visualization, education, medical care, warfare, transportation, and many more subjects.

    Future of Work

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

    
Health, Wearables & Wellbeing

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

    Innovative World Technologies

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

    Smart Cities, Transportation & Logistics

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

    Social & Culture

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

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    2022 SXSW Pitch Advisory Board

     

    The individuals listed below were instrumental to the success of the 2022 SXSW Pitch. Their hard work, diligence and support in bringing together the future of the technology industry to our event is greatly appreciated.

    Aliya Aaron
    Nursing Innovation Hub, Inc.
    Miami, FL

    Rafat Abushaban
    Riable
    Gaza, Palestine

    Nilma Achwal
    The Female Founders Lab
    Los Angeles, CA

    Lydia Aguiar
    Amazon Web Services
    Washington, DC

    Meredith Ahr
    Jackson Hole, WY

    Cristina Alessi
    Curitiba Agency of Development and Innovation
    Curitiba, Parana

    Amber Allen
    Double A Labs
    Austin, TX

    Karen Allen
    Twitch for Musicians
    Los Angeles, CA

    Javier Altamirano
    Sportradar
    Minneapolis, MN

    Robbi Kathleen Anthony
    Euphoria.LGBT Inc.
    Austin, TX

    Claudia Aparicio
    GrowthX – SingularityU Colombia
    Bogota. Colombia

    Kahlil Ashanti
    Mantis XR
    Vancouver, Canada

    Mevish Aslam
    Sprinters
    Brimingham, United Kingdom

    Kathleen Baireuther
    Ford Motor Company – Autonomous Vehicles LLC
    Austin, TX

    Elyse Ball
    UARF
    Akron, OH

    Dave Barcos
    North Bank Innovations
    Vancouver, WA

    Harley Blakeman
    Honest Jobs
    Denver, CO

    Ben Blanquera
    Covail
    Dublin, OH

    Marjan Blumberg
    Marjan B. Consultancy
    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Jan Bormans
    European Startup Network
    Brussels, Belgium

    Tim Brownstone
    KYMIRA
    Reading, England

    Leigh-Ann Buchanan
    aīre ventures
    Miami, FL

    Marcus Bullock
    Flikshop
    Washington, DC

    Sarah Burgaud
    StartOut
    San Francisco, CA

    Shawna Butler
    Exponential Medicine
    Austin, TX

    Bobbie Carlton
    Innovation Women
    Lexington, MA

    Rosario B. Casas
    VR Americas & BCPartners Tech
    Bogota, Columbia

    Niko Chauls
    Verizon
    Seattle, WA

    Raymond Chin
    Wunderman Thompson
    Shanghai, Shanghai

    Rendi Clark
    Boulder Startup Week
    Boulder, CO

    Bart Collet
    Healthskouts & Hyperadvancer
    Antwerp, Belgium

    Steven Cook
    FortuneCMO, LLC
    Charleston, SC

    Lindsey Cox
    The Company Lab
    Chattanooga, TN

    Darragh Dandurand
    DD Production
    Philadelphia, PA

    Marchondes Moreira De Araujo
    Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Brazil (MCTI)
    Brasilia, DF

    Diego De Biasio
    Technoport SA
    Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

    Ketaki Kesai
    Ontario Centre of Innovation
    Toronto, Canada

    Ashley DeWalt
    Divinc
    Houston, TX

    Simone Driessen
    Startup Foundation
    Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Siobhan Dullea
    MassChallenge
    Boston, MA

    Tarek El Saad
    inMoment
    Toronto, Canada

    Craig Elias
    Bow Valley College Interpublic Group Medibrands
    Calgary, Canada

    Ellen Erickson
    Global Entrepreneurship Network
    Washington, DC

    Paola Ferrario
    Paola Ferrario
    Battle Creek, MI

    Pedro Ferreira
    Xperience Plus
    Frankfurt, Germany

    Alvin Foo
    DAOventures
    Shanghai, China

    Nicole Forbes
    Amazon
    Austin, TX

    Jessica Ford
    Techstars
    Anaheim, CA

    Devon Fox
    PGA Tour
    Ponte Vedra, FL

    Deneisha Franklin
    HubSpot, Black Tech Columbus
    Columbus, OH

    Kathleen Fritzsche
    Kathleen Fritzsche
    Berlin, Germany

    Kyla Frye
    WT Enterprise Center
    Amarillo, TX

    Tim Fulton
    Confluence Consultants
    Columbus, OH

    Quin Garcia
    Autotech Ventures
    Melno Park, CA

    Ashley Gentry Yue
    Edelman
    Austin, TX

    Timmy Ghiurau
    Volvo Cars
    Gothenburg, Sweden

    Gregory Gibson
    HBCU Battle of the Brains/HSI Battle of the Brains/Black Sports Business Symposium
    Austin, TX

    Magdalena Giuria
    BRAVA / Universidad Catolica del Uruguay
    Montevideo, Uruguay

    Jacob Gordon
    Artiphon
    Brooklyn, NY

    Brett Greene
    New Tech Northwest
    Seattle, WA

    Maria Gross
    Germantech
    Berlin, Germany

    Nate Gross
    Doximity & Rock Health
    San Francisco, CA

    Lorin Hamlin
    Under Armour
    Baltimore, MD

    Raymond Hannes
    Seeding Studio
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands

    Norbert Hernann
    Berlin Government
    Berlin, Germany

    Natara Holloway
    National Football League
    New York, NY

    Harvey Hudes
    Caliber Corporate Advisers
    New York, NY

    Jonathan Hursh
    Utopia
    San Francisco, CA

    Daryl Hyun
    EchoScope Inc.
    Boston, MA

    Jens Ingelstedt
    WeWork
    Stockholm, Sweden

    Kayla Isabelle
    Startup Canada
    Ottawa, Canada

    Melinda Jacobs
    Subatomic / Perkio
    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Maxim Jago
    Maxim Ltd
    London, England

    Ashley Jennings
    University of Texas at Austin
    Austin, TX

    Cate Johnson
    ArborRevolutions
    Boulder, CO

    Keith Jordan
    Mastercard
    Dublin, Ireland

    Dalia Kamar
    EquiTie
    Cairo, Egypt

    Alex Kovbasko
    Sweden Foodtech
    Stockholm, Sweden

    James Kwan
    Jumpstart Media Limited
    Hong Kong, Hong Kong

    Karim Lakhani
    Harvard Business School
    Cambridge, MA

    Jay Latta
    STINT – Strategic Intelligence for New Technologies
    Munich, Germany

    Sara Ledterman
    3+ Ventures
    Folsom, CA

    Jennifer Lee
    Plympton
    San Francisco, CA

    Maren Lesche
    Vision Health Pioneer Incubator
    Berlin, Germany

    Ikram Mansori
    Curah
    San Francisco, CA

    Luis Martinez
    We Tha Plug
    San Diego, CA

    Martin Martinez
    Founder Institute Texas
    Austin, TX

    Eric Mathews
    Start Co.
    Memphis, TN

    Jean Paul Mau-Asam
    New Dutch Wave
    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Caitlin McAllister
    Workbox Company
    Chicago, IL

    Mike McCready
    Lethbridge College
    Alberta, Canada

    Elizabeth McGee
    Intel
    Houston, TX

    Patrick McHugh
    Euphoria.LGBT
    Austin, TX

    Jon Mertz
    Santa Fe Innovates
    Santa Fe, NM

    Katie Milligan
    Heartland Forward
    Bentonville, AR

    Vanessa Miranda
    IPSY
    Chula Vista, CA

    Martin Montero
    Startup Champions Network
    Mexico City, Mexico

    Jessica Moose
    Santa Fe Business Incubator
    Santa Fe, NM

    Violeta Moran
    Fundacion Emprender
    Manta, Ecuador

    Ludek Moravec
    Embassy of the Czech Republic
    Washington, DC

    Alexa-Rae Navarro
    Startup San Diego
    San Diego, CA

    Joshua Ness
    Verizon
    New York, NY

    Andrew Ngui
    Greater Peoria Economic Development Council
    Peoria, IL

    Aline Noizet
    Digital Health Connector
    Barcelona, Spain

    Christine Ntim
    Global Startup Ecosystem
    New York, NY

    Nadyli Nunez
    Ascender
    Pittsburg, PA

    Andra Nuta
    Techstars
    Berlin, Germany

    Emmanuel Nyame
    United Nations Foundation
    Accra, Ghana

    Janice Omadeke
    The Mentor Method
    Austin, TX

    Cagdas Onen
    Oppsense
    Toronto, Canada

    Liisi Org
    Startup Estonia
    Tallinn, Estonia

    Leon Pals
    Startup Foundation
    Rotterdam, Holland

    Mark Paltshon
    Redwoods Investment Climate Holding
    Melno Park, CA

    Kelly Pease
    Workbox
    Chicago, IL

    Amy Peck
    EndeavorVR
    Austin, Tx

    Sara Polak
    Paioneers
    Prague, Czech Republic

    Sammy Popat
    MAVRIC@University of Maryland, College Park
    College Park, MD

    Joanna Popper
    Hewlett Packard
    Los Angeles, CA

    Valentina Primo
    Startups Without Borders Ltd
    Rome, Italy

    Alessandro Ravanetti
    Barcelona, Spain

    Eric Redmond
    Nike
    Portland, OR

    Miki Reynolds
    Grid110
    Los Angeles, CA

    Mike Roberts
    Creating Coding Careers
    San Diego, CA

    Elianne Rodriguez
    LIST Ventures
    Monrovia, CA

    Will Rogers
    Imaginable Media
    San Francisco, CA

    Cinthya Romero
    TalentProspect / NovusConcillium
    Guadalajara, Mexico

    Emily Ross
    Inkvine Communication
    Ballinam, Ireland

    Damian Routley
    Founder Factory
    London, England

    Ghader Sadeghi
    Raychat
    Tabriz, Iran

    Mark Sanders
    Austin Technology Incubator
    Austin, TX

    David Santana
    AWS
    San Francisco, CA

    Paola Santana
    Social Glass
    San Francisco, CA

    Matthew Cohen Santorelli
    Boomy
    New York, NY

    Joy Schoffler
    Distinctive Edge Partners
    Austin, TX

    Daniel Schutte
    The Venture Center
    Little Rock, AK

    Steve Schwartz
    ProInfluence
    Redmond, WA

    Richard Seline
    Resilience Innovation Hub & Collaboratory Network
    Houston, TX

    Elisa Sepulveda
    Founder Institute
    Austin, TX

    Jonty Sharples
    WhereIsMyTransport
    London, England

    Tayla Sheldrake
    MotionLab.Berlin
    Berlin, Germany

    Yuan Shi
    Creative Destruction Lab
    Vancouver, Canada

    Tal Shmueli
    Startup Nightmares
    Tel Aviv, Israel

    Alan Smithson
    MetaVRse
    Toronto, Canada

    Julie Smithson
    MetaVRse
    Toronto, Canada

    Christoph Sollich
    The Pitch Doctor
    Berlin, Germany

    Nathalie Sonne
    leAD Sports and Health Tech Partners
    Berlin, Germany

    Bob Sopko
    Case Western Reserve University
    Cleveland, OH

    Erin Stadler
    Boomtown Accelerators
    Boulder, CO

    Sanja Stankovic
    german.innovation
    Hamburg, Germany

    Sarah Stephenson
    36 Degrees North
    Tulsa, OK

    Ryan Sturgill
    Gaza Sky Geeks
    Gaza, Palestine

    Pauly Suchy
    Global Entrepreneurship Network
    Cleveland, OH

    Jennifer Tacheff
    Manifest Advisors
    San Francisco, CA

    Todd Tate
    Bully Meow
    San Francisco, CA

    Cecilia Tham
    Futurity Studio
    Barcelona, Spain

    Frederik Tibau
    Agoria
    Brussels, Belgium

    Leonie Timmermans
    Techleap
    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Rick Turoczy
    PIE
    Portland, OR

    David Uhlif
    JIC
    Brno, Czech Republic

    Isaac Vanderburg
    Launch Alaska
    Anchorage, AK

    Heidy Vaquerano
    Fox Rothschild LLP
    Los Angeles, CA

    Pedro Vasconcellos
    BeerOrCoffee
    Belo Horizonte, Brazil

    Minh Vu
    Notely
    Austin, TX

    Lauren Washington
    Fundr
    Austin, TX

    Michael Weatherby
    BDO Canada
    Surrey, Canada

    Eric Weissmann
    Cintrifuse
    Cincinnati, OH

    Cecilla Wessinger
    Mass Collaboration
    Tulsa, OK

    Van West
    Vocalytics
    Newport Beach, CA

    Sampson Williams
    Axes and Eggs
    Sunrise, FL

    Austin Wilson
    Tauon
    Cleveland, OH

    Kevin Winston
    Digital LA
    Los Angeles, CA

    Samantha Wolfe
    PitchFWD
    New York, NY

    Kat Yalung
    Unleashed
    Los Angeles, CA

    Jason Yim
    Trigger
    Los Angeles, CA

    Hubert Zajicek
    Health Wildcatters
    Dallas, TX

    Jay Zalowitz
    Ramblist/Hackermoon
    San Francisco, CA

    2021 Winners

     

    Congratulations to this year’s eight category winners, as well as a handful of other recipients, who were announced at the SXSW Pitch Award Ceremony after the two-day virtual competition.

    Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & Voice

    Parrots
    Seattle, WA

    Enterprise & Smart Data

    Persefoni
    Tempe, AZ
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    Entertainment, Gaming & Content

    holoride
    Munich, Germany
    View Deck »

    Future of Work

    Honest Jobs
    Columbus, OH
    View Deck »

    Health, Wearables & Wellbeing

    Leda Health Company
    New York, NY
    View Deck »

    Innovative World Technologies

    MolyWorks
    Los Gatos, CA
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    Smart Cities, Transportation & Logistics

    MicroTraffic
    Winnipeg, Canada

    Social & Culture

    Applied BioPlastics
    Austin, TX
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    Best Alternative/One Minute Speed Pitch

    Colorcast
    Austin, TX
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    Best Bootstrap Company (the company who has done the most with least)

    Refiberd
    Cupertino, CA
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    Best DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)

    Sisu Global Health
    Baltimore, MD
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    Best in Show

    holoride
    Munich, Germany
    View Deck »

    Congrats again to all the winners, participants, and judges from this year’s SXSW Pitch! Read the 2021 Pitch Awards announcement blog here »

    Watch the 2021 Virtual Pitch as well as last year’s Award Ceremony

    Pitchbook Report

     

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

    Download the 2021 Report from PitchBook below to explore industry categories and data on standout past participants from the most VC capital raised to most active investors in SXSW companies and more.

    Alumni

     

    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

    Past Participants Research

    Of the 586 companies who participated in SXSW Pitch between 2009 and 2020, over 82% received funding, with combined funding in excess of almost $9.14 billion (does not include undisclosed grants, angel and seed funding). Of these 586 companies, 17% have been acquired by the likes of Google, British Telecom, Huffington Post, Apple, Live Nation, OpenTable, Constant Contact, and Harmon. Some of our prestigious alums you may know include Klout, ICON, Hipmunk, Wildfire, Tubemogul, Siri, Foodspotting and Tango.

    SXSW Pitch Archive

     

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

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

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