Entrepreneurship & Startups

CONVERGENCE. The Entrepreneurship & Startups Track brings together founders and funders of all stages to talk about current best practices as well as the most exciting new companies and services across industries.

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About Entrepreneurship & Startups Track


Session topics include establishing and growing businesses; strategic investment and the future of venture capital; as well as emerging markets and services.

Entrepreneurship & Startups Highlights


SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event

The tenth annual SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event will take place at the Startup and Tech Sectors Track on Saturday, March 10, Sunday, March 11, and Monday, March 12. A live audience, as well as a panel of expert judges, will discover advancements in various sectors of emerging technology.

SXSW Release It

SXSW Release It is a special pitch competition during the Startup & Tech Sectors Track on the opening day of the SXSW Conference, Friday, March 9. Ten cutting-edge companies launching a new product or service during this SXSW season will present to a panel of industry experts and a winner will be chosen based on which product or service is most likely to succeed in the marketplace.

2018 Speaker Highlights

Ernestine Fu

Venture Partner

Alsop Louie Partners

Ray Dalio How to Build a Company Where the Best Ideas Win Out session SXSW 2018 - Photo by Jon Currie

Ray Dalio

Chairman & Co-Chief Investment Officer

Bridgewater Associates

Daymond John Swim with a Shark: Rise & Grind to Maximize Your Day session SXSW 2018 - Photo by Debra Reyes

Daymond John

Star of ABC’s Shark Tank & CEO

The Shark Group

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis Avatars IRL! A New 0M XPRIZE.Competition SXSW 2018 - Photo by Marie Ketring

Dr. Peter Diamandis

Founder & Exec Chairman


Ingrid Vanderveldt Empowering a Billion Women With $1B in Capital by 2020 session SXSW 2018 - Photo by Jeremiah Dearinger

Ingrid Vanderveldt

CEO & Founder


Featured Speaker Whitney Wolfe Herd at SXSW 2018 - Photo by Scott Paxton

Whitney Wolfe Herd

CEO & Founder


2018 Featured Speaker, Kristen Green

Kristen Green

Founder & Managing Dir.

Forerunner Ventures

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SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries.

The SXSW Conference provides an opportunity for global professionals at every level to participate, learn, and network. Featuring a variety of tracks that allow attendees to explore what’s next in the worlds of entertainment, culture, and technology, SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.

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