March 13-17

Interactive Track

The Startups Track brings together founders and funders of all stages to talk about current best practices. This track showcases the most exciting new companies, new products, new services, and new business models across many different verticals and industries.

2019 Featured Session: Arlan Hamilton - Photo by Mike Jordan/Getty Images for SXSW

2019 Featured Session: Arlan Hamilton - Photo by Mike Jordan/Getty Images for SXSW

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Austin CEO Diaries: So You’ve Been Acquired. Now What?

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Get Funded: Beating Bias in Early Stage Venture

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2019 Speaker Highlights

Austin CEO Diaries - 2019 - Photo by Christy Pohler

Michelle Skupin

Sr Director Marketing & Communications


Acquisition Strategies The Tortoise or the Hare - 2019 - Photo by Debra Reyes

Ahmed Khaishgi

President, CEO & Co-founder


Get Funded Beating Bias - 2019 - Photo by David Walker

Robin Hauser


Finish Line Features LLC

Get Funded Beating Bias - 2019 - Photo by David Walker

Julie Hanna

Venture Partner

Obvious Ventures

Why VCs Have Joined The Block Party - Jimmy Song - 2019 - Photo by Anthony Moreno

Jimmy Song

Bitcoin Core Contributor & Venture Partner

Blockchain Capital

Bee-Suite to C-Suite - 2019 - Photo by Bianca Hooks

Mikaila Ulmer

Owner & CEO

Me & the Bees Lemonade

Why VCs Have Joined The Block Party - Alyse Killeen - 2019 - Photo by Anthony Moreno

Alyse Killeen



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Startups Highlights


SXSW Pitch

The eleventh annual SXSW Pitch (formerly SXSW Accelerator) will take place Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15. 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.

SXSW Release It

SXSW Release It is a special pitch competition held on the opening day of the 2020 SXSW Conference, Friday, March 13. Ten cutting-edge companies launching a new product or services 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.

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Attend SXSW 2020

Join the world’s brightest creators March 13-22 at the 2020 SXSW Conference & Festivals. Register to attend and book your hotel to begin your SX adventure!

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About the SXSW Conference


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.

Learn more about Keynotes, Featured Speakers, and Session Formats across the 22 Tracks of programming for the 2020 SXSW Conference.

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