SXSW Release It – Archive

SXSW Release It is a special pitch competition during Startup & Tech Sectors on the opening day of the SXSW Conference. Ten cutting-edge companies launching a new product or service during this SXSW season present to a panel of industry experts and the winner is chosen based on which product or service is most likely to succeed in the marketplace.

Browse winners, finalists, judges, and other SXSW Release It participants from previous years below.

2018
Winner | Finalists | Emcees | Judges | Coaches

2017
Winner | Finalists | Emcees | Judges | Coaches

2016
Winner | Finalists

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2018 Winner

The 2018 Winner of the SXSW Release It, Potrero Medical, makes predictions about critical illnesses. Potrero’s goal is to enhance human care with machine insights.

Potrero Medical
San Francisco, CA

Potrero Medical has developed the Accuryn system, a smart urinary catheter and monitor that tracks multiple vital signs via the bladder continuously and automatically, and is developing algorithms for the early prediction of kidney failure, sepsis, hemorrhage, and other diseases, thus saving lives and dramatically reducing the cost of care.

2018 Finalists

BabyNoggin
San Francisco, CA

BabyNoggin is a developmental screening solution that works to improve your operational efficiency. Parents track their children’s development through our mobile app using tools that reflect the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Screening results are automatically scored, easily reimbursed, and conveniently accessible through your EMR system.

Botanalytics
San Francisco, CA

Botanalytics is a conversational analytics & engagement tool for all conversation platforms. It helps bot makers improve their human-to-bot communication with its services to identify bottlenecks, segment conversations & users, and measure engagement. The company is based in San Francisco, has two other offices in New York and Istanbul. Botanalytics has raised $1.5M in venture funding.

Femly
Baltimore, MD

Launched after the realization that over 20 billion disposable feminine care products end up in landfills and take centuries to breakdown, EcoFlow is a hi-tech reusable product line that provides healthier, sustainable, and eco-friendly alternatives to toxic feminine care.

Kilroy Blockchain
Austin, TX

Kilroy Blockchain is an award-winning provider of artificial intelligence and blockchain products. As an IBM Partner and North America Winner of the Watson Build Challenge, our goal is to leave the world a better place than it was when we found it, and lead the way to a responsible future.

Partake
Austin, TX

Partake creates a more seamless purchasing experience in the Sports and Entertainment Industry by allowing sports fans, and loyal customers, to order food ahead of time or directly from their seat. With Partake, venues are able to increase food and beverage sales by up to 30%, while streamlining orders, operations, and data collection.

Potrero Medical
San Francisco, CA

Potrero Medical has developed the Accuryn system, a smart urinary catheter and monitor that tracks multiple vital signs via the bladder continuously and automatically, and is developing algorithms for the early prediction of kidney failure, sepsis, hemorrhage, and other diseases, thus saving lives and dramatically reducing the cost of care.

SHOP
Seattle, WA

SHOP is a brand and shopper led commerce platform with a mandate to decentralize the shopping experience onto blockchain. Our open-sourced and cryptographically secure SHOP Protocol supports tokenized digital commerce experiences atop the Ethereum distributed ledger.

Swift Shift
New York, NY

Swift Shift, a HIPAA-compliant workforce recruitment and management platform for home healthcare enterprises, connects home healthcare providers with qualified caregivers and nurses to address the national nursing shortage. With real-time digital communications between the provider and their staff, Swift Shift is pioneering mobile-first solutions to revolutionize home healthcare.

Uvii
New York, NY

Uvii is an embedded video commentary platform and privately curated app enabling users to respond to social media posts and blogs with video content. Uvii shares messages – public and private through the mobile’s video capture screen engaging brands and influencers in meaningful ways.

Zero Waste Asset Management
Dallas, TX

Democratizes and Decentralizes information, markets, services, and payments previously controlled by third-party waste management companies. The protocol lowers disposal costs while optimizing the value of recyclable material assets once considered waste. Producers are immediately rewarded for their sustainable behaviors and for providing information that helps others do the same.

2018 Alternates

Global Trade Specialist
Dallas, TX

We are a software company building applications to make the $1 trillion dollar import industry more efficient and scalable

Neuro Rehab VR
Dallas, TX

Neuro Rehab VR creates VR/AR cognitive and physical neurological therapy games leveraging the breakthroughs in neuroplasticity. Our games are designed by physical therapists and customized according to each patient’s needs. Our goals are to bring down the costs of therapy, make it more efficient and within the reach of everyone who needs it.

RNDS
Austin, TX

RNDS brings together patients, doctors, & nurses on an all-in-one patented HIPPA compliant platform. Created by 2 local Austin physicians (& former Veterans), RNDS allows secure in-app calling & texting, along with providing real-time analytics on quality of care & actionable data for improving healthcare.

2018 Emcees, Judges & Coaches

Release It relies on hand-picked emcees and 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 Release It event.

2018 Emcees

Trey Bowles
Dallas Entrepreneur Center
Dallas, TX

Trey Bowles is Cofounder and CEO of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center where he leads strategy, vision, and drives the overall planning and development efforts for the DEC. Bowles cofounded and launched the Dallas Innovation Alliance, a public partnership to develop a Smart Cities initiative for the City of Dallas. Bowles is cofounder and Chairman of the Mayor’s Star Council which is created with City of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to engage culturally diverse and civically minded group of young professions to make impact on the city.

Jen Consalvo
TechCo Media
Las Vegas, NV

Jen Consalvo is Co-Founder and COO of the tech-focused media company, Tech Cocktail, as well as the Founder of Thankfulfor, an online gratitude journal community. She has worked in product development for over a decade, leading large and small teams in a range of product areas such as digital imaging, community & social platforms and personalization. The majority of her career was at AOL, planning and building products used by millions of people globally.

2018 Judges

Susan Amat, MBA, Ph.D.
Venture Hive
Miami, FL

Dr. Susan Amat is the CEO and founder of Venture Hive, a software and training company that provides accountability and transparency tools and content to support innovation management and entrepreneurship programs. A serial entrepreneur, she built businesses in the entertainment industry for over a decade, including the first CD-Rom magazine and a national television show

Andy Stoll
The Kauffman Foundation
Kansas City, MO

Andy Stoll is a serial entrepreneur and a senior program officer at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he is responsible for the implementation and management of the Foundation’s ecosystem development strategy. Before joining the Kauffman Foundation, Stoll co-founded Seed Here Studio, a social good company specializing in building innovation ecosystems in unexpected places.

Felecia Hatcher
Black Tech Week / Code Fever

Felecia Hatcher is on a mission to rid communities of innovation deserts by working with community leaders and government officials to create inclusive and diverse tech/startup ecosystems as the Co-Founder of Code Fever, Black Tech Week and Tribe Cowork and Urban Innovation Lab. Hatcher has raised over 3 million dollars to support Code Fever’s work which sits at the intersection of economic development and inclusive innovation.

2018 Coaches

Release It coaches work closely with the finalists in the months leading up to the event to assist them in their onstage presentations.

Melissa Bradley
Project 500
Washington, DC

Craig Buerstatte
U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, DC

Tom Chapman
Chapman and Company
Omaha, NE

Clarisa Lindenmeyer
Proximity To Power
Dallas, TX

Scott Resnick
StartingBlock Madison
Madison, WI

Michelle Williams
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center
Dallas, TX

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2017 Winner

While each company in the competition proved to be insightful and offer innovative services, Abartys Health emerged as the winner of the competition. Abartys Health (Puerto Rico) works to unify the three major components of healthcare: patients, doctors, and insurers. The team hopes to lower healthcare costs by helping companies manage and streamline their data.

Abartys Health
San Juan, Puerto Rico

2017 Finalists

Congratulations to the ten finalists selected to participate in the 2017 SXSW Release It pitch event. SXSW Release It provides a platform for companies to launch a new and innovative product or service at Startup Village during the SXSW Conference. A panel of judges comprised of technology industry experts, venture capitalists and high-profile media select the product or service most likely to succeed in the marketplace.

90 Seconds
San Francisco, CA

90 Seconds is a cloud video production platform making it easier for brands to connect with creators and get videos created all over the world.

Abartys Health
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Abartys Health has created a unified system for the three major components of healthcare – patients, doctors, and insurers; streamlining services, communication, and treatment. Our technology is moving healthcare from the existing disjointed state to a centralized hub.

EpicMD
Miami, FL

EpicMD™ is an affordable mobile healthcare solution that allows members to virtually connect with a network of U.S. board-certified doctors 24/7 from your smartphone, tablet or laptop device.

InstaChk
Singapore, Singapore

Instachk has been incorporated in Singapore in 2016 for productising Instachk – the Google for offline marketing. Amit Chatterjee, Indian and Shayn Ong, Singaporean are the co-founders and are currently supported by part-timers.

Jukedeck
London, United Kingdom

Jukedeck has developed artificial intelligence that can create and adapt music. Over 10K videos have used our music, and we won a Cannes Lions Innovation award in 2016.

myAlfred
Linz, Austria

myAlfred improves your work-life balance by managing your schedule. Its artificial intelligence finds time for the priorities in your life. Family trips, workouts or simply drinks with friends. myAlfred brings your life into balance again.

Populace
Bellvue, WA

Populace is the world’s-best community platform for visualizing popular places. We catalogue, predict, and interpret crowd density with a map-assist capability.

SkinVision
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

SkinVision USA puts a highly accurate app for skin cancer detection in the hands of the US risk population. The imaging technology is driven by a machine learning algorithm which captures a medically graded photo, makes the risk assessment and provides the outcome instantly. People are urged to see a doctor if needed.

soundBYTE App
Chicago, IL

soundBYTE App makes audio sharing easy and fun. It allows you to record audio, called BYTES, and share conveniently with followers around the world. soundBYTE App users consume and share: comedy, music, news, sports, and much more!

Storyo
Lisbon, Portugal

Storyo 2.0 is the world’s only collaborative storytelling app that collects and combines everyone’s photos, Facebook posts, maps and other amazing details to document life experiences in long-lasting video memories to review and relive.

Alternates

Chore Check
Chicago, IL

Chore Check helps parents raise kids who are self-sufficient, accountable, and charitable – kids who know how to manage money. Connected families enjoy household chore list management and super convenient fee-free prepaid debit cards.

UAV-IQ
San Juan, Puerto Rico

With expertise in drones, remote sensing and agriculture, UAV-IQ bridges the gap between the booming industry of drone-based data collection and agriculture clients who need the resulting information to be actionable.

Deary
Washington, DC

Deary solves the senior technology gap and makes seniors’ lives happier, safer, and healthier. Deary provides seniors with in-home services by responding to their voice and simple input commands, while streamlining senior housing service provision and saving costs for operators.

ProPlanr
Sacramento, CA

Sacramento California: ProPlanr is an integrative planning and task management collaboration software system for teams. All your plans, projects, and tasks organized in ONE system. Accessible anytime, anywhere, on any device.

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2017 Emcees, Judges & Coaches

SXSW Release It relies on hand-picked emcees and 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 Release It event.

Emcees

Trey Bowles Dallas Entrepreneur Center
Dallas, TX

Jen Consalvo
TechCo Media
Las Vegas, NV

Judges

Jess Knox
Venture Hall
Portland, ME

Julie Lenzer
University of Maryland
College Park , MD

Andy Stoll
The Kauffman Foundation
Kansas City, MO

Coaches

Release It coaches work closely with the finalists in the months leading up to the event to assist them in their onstage presentations.

Susan Amat
Venture Hive
Miami, FL

Joseph Kapp
Behavioral Business
Lost City, WV

Marc Nager
Telluride Venture Accelerator
Telluride, CO

Mike Nemeth
S3 Planning
Columbus, OH

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2016 Recap

2016 SXSW Release It Winner

Inteliclinic Inc.
San Francisco, CA
NeuroOn is an intelligent sleep mask that measures all important biological signals and provides accurate sleep analytics to users. It also has a bright light therapy to help users manage their circadian rhythm and optimize sleep to meet the needs of a 21st century lifestyle.

SXSW Release It Runners Up

Cinamaker Technologies Inc.
Atlanta, GA
Cinamaker Technologies tools empower todays video creators with easy-to-use, powerful, and insanely fast digital workflows for multi-camera capture and production using smartphones, tablets and compatible digital video-cameras.

Mend
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX Mend brings on-demand medical care to patients at the touch of a button. We provide convenient, transparent and affordable healthcare to our community using the best of both high-touch and high-tech.

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2016 SXSW Release It Finalists

DENTSU, Inc.
Tokyo, Japan
Ideas that reach beyond the imaginable. Technology crosses the bounds of possibilities. Entrepreneurship that surpasses the expected. Three sources of strength, driving DENTSU innovation, bringing positive change to people and society. MotionScore will be the one creating big innovation in the field of music and motion.

Mend
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
Mend brings on-demand medical care to patients at the touch of a button. We provide convenient, transparent and affordable healthcare to our community using the best of both high-touch and high-tech.

MyChange
Albuquerque, NM
What if your spare change could create change? MyChange rounds up the change from your everyday credit and debit card transactions to donate to your favorite cause or candidate. Consider MyChange a tip jar for your personal values.

NUEYORKER
New York, NY
NUEYORKER is a New York based tech start-up that’s building the world’s largest closet of designer clothes, bags, shoes and jewelry by connecting the community. An on-demand closet with a million options dry-cleaned, packaged and delivered to you.

Scoper
Bellevue, WA
Scoper facilitates decision making by allowing people to see what’s happening at the moment they need it most. Allowing people to experience happenings they are interested in, products or services they care about, or simply to experience a cool place.

taptl
St. Louis, MO
taptl invented a see through touch screen TV. Whether the technology is used in retail to revolutionize “window shopping” or in residential spaces to save space and energy, the applications are endless. Founded in 2014, taptl has four patents pending.

videmic
Berlin, Germany
The Berlin-based startup videmic GmbH is developing and marketing an ad-hoc video app. The videmic app allows users everywhere to watch HD videos as often as they like and instantly share them with others nearby. Without data usage!

WhereFor
Santa Monica, CA
WhereFor.com is the first travel search engine to show where you can travel for how much you want to spend. It not only reveals amazing destinations, but also the optimal flight and hotel for each destination.

2016 SXSW Release It Alternates

BoomCloud 360
San Mateo, CA
With offices in San Diego, Austin and Houston, BoomCloud 360 is pioneering the new standard in global entertainment listening. Powered by celebrated academic and industry innovators, BoomCloud 360 creates transformational sound on all headphones, profoundly changing the way consumers experience games, movies, music and streaming across any device.

QuikForce
Allston, MA
QuikForce was founded with the belief that moving should be simple, not stressful. We want to bring an antiquated moving industry into the 21st century, using data analysis and machine learning algorithms to pave the way.

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