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 schedule.

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. These startups will be required to showcase their onsite startup pitch utilizing an immersive platform which may be provided by a SXSW Pitch partner.

    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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    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
    View Deck »

    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
    View Deck »

    Smart Cities, Transportation & Logistics

    MicroTraffic
    Winnipeg, Canada

    Social & Culture

    Applied BioPlastics
    Austin, TX
    View Deck »

    Best Alternative/One Minute Speed Pitch

    Colorcast
    Austin, TX
    View Deck »

    Best Bootstrap Company (the company who has done the most with least)

    Refiberd
    Cupertino, CA
    View Deck »

    Best DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)

    Sisu Global Health
    Baltimore, MD
    View Deck »

    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.

    Advisory Board

     

    Stay tuned for the 2022 SXSW Pitch Advisory Board coming soon.

    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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    Explore the SXSW Pitch Archive

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

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