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.

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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

About Startups Track


Women in Startups

Since the startups status quo has held women down, they’ve found their own way to subvert existing systems – all in the name of improving from within.

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Bee-Suite to C-Suite - Mikaila Ulmer - SXSW 2019 - Photo by Bianca Hooks

Bee-Suite to C-Suite - Mikaila Ulmer - SXSW 2019 - Photo by Bianca Hooks


Zebras vs Unicorns: Money & Power in the Valley

Capitalism is a hell of a drug. Learn why purpose and profit do not have to be mutually exclusive, why creating alternatives to the venture capital status quo is a moral and economic imperative, and how innovation in business financing can help us solve the world’s big challenges.

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Deaf Entrepreneurs: Stories That Change Perception

An inside look at the nation’s first venture fund for deaf owned and operated businesses generating social impact.

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Startups Highlights


SXSW Pitch

The 12th annual SXSW Pitch 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.

2020 Speaker Highlights

Josh Luber - SXSW 2020 Speaker - Photo Courtesy of Speaker

Josh Luber



Maurya_Ash SXSW 2019 - Photo Courtesy of Speaker

Ash Maurya


Lean Stack

Amy Nelson - SXSW 2020 Speaker - Photo Courtesy of Speaker

Amy Nelson

Founder & CEO

The Riveter

Melissa Khasbagan - SXSW 2020 Speaker - Photo courtesy of speaker

Melissa Khasbagan


1000 Books For

Jay Clayton


Securities and Exchange Commission

Chip Conley - 2020 SXSW Speaker - Photo courtesy of speaker

Chip Conley


Modern Elder Academy

Sean Sheppard - SXSW 2020 Speaker - Photo Courtesy of Speaker

Sean Sheppard


GrowthX & GrowthX Academy

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600+ PanelPicker® Sessions Announced

Presenting 600+ curated sessions from the SXSW community across our 22 Tracks of Conference programming.

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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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Register to join us for SXSW Online 2021, a digital experience from March 16-20.

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Session Formats

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