SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event showcases the most ambitious startup talents from around the world with the most creative new ideas to change it. Could your company be one of the fifty startups selected to compete as finalists in 2017?
We are less than a month out from the application deadline on Friday, November 11, so don't miss your opportunity to compete in this exciting startup event during the SXSW Festival. Read stories about 2015 recipients Partpic and Tinnitracks from Michelle Murdough of SXSW Accelerator below and learn more about the 2017 entry process.
Partpic – 2015 Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies Winner
In our interconnected marketplace, it's crucial for enterprise technology to suit the demand for our daily needs. With the heavy concentration on the consumer market, enterprise technology companies can find it difficult to gain attention. Nevertheless, the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event provides a platform for emerging leaders in the Enterprise and Smart Data industries. The 2015 Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies winner, Partpic, is an excellent example of how the SXSW Accelerator program gears participants to standout in a competitive and an established market.
Motivated to establish a technology brand, Burks and the team at Partpic began pursuing pitch events to build awareness. With successful runs at other pitch events, CEO Jewel Burks credits winning the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event for setting them apart in the tech community: "Being recognized by SXSW as a finalist and winner makes it clear to the general tech community that we are a company that’s worth the attention of investors and consumers. The stage set a refreshing tone as we were in the middle of fundraising and aggressively looking to close the round. Investors took interest in the fact that we won a very competitive category."
The exposure gained from the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event allowed Partpic to gain $125k in additional funding and develop relationships with investors in their industry. Furthermore, Burks and Crain have used their exposure as a platform to motivate young entrepreneurs and revitalize the tech community. "Motivating others can’t always be quantified, but it’s a mission that we strive to positively influence and motivate the future generations of tech entrepreneurs. Especially those that are minorities and underrepresented."
Tinnitracks – 2015 Digital Health and Life Sciences Technologies Winner
With the increasing integration of healthcare and technology, this year’s SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event showcased many innovative and creative technologies in the healthcare market. The 2016 Digital Health and Life Sciences Technologies category faced extreme competition, from some of the brightest minds in the healthcare sector. In order to face the finals, startups must be able to handle the pressure from the judges, bring new ideas to light, and standout amongst the crowd. As a result, the 2015 Digital Health and Life Sciences Technologies winner, Tinnitracks, not only achieved the criteria necessary to win, but more importantly brought to light an issue facing millions of patients across the world.
After successfully completing and winning the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event, the team at Tinnitracks welcomed a media tidal wave back home in Germany. Over 100+ media outlets from all over the EU began to spotlight their achievement, and helped boost their launch in Europe. However, the success of Tinnitracks would have not been forthcoming without the rigorous training and guidance from the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event. CEO Jörg Land recalls his first encounter with the program by stating, "I went to SXSW in 2014 for the first time. While sitting in the audience listening to the health pitches, I said to a friend that I would love to be on that stage next year, but I guess it is very hard to get there." The SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event stage is waiting for you – enter today!
Apply to the 2017 SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event
Taking place at SXSW Startup Village at the Hilton Austin Downtown on Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12, this event provides an outlet for companies to present their product to a panel of industry experts, early adopters, and representatives from the angel/VC community.
Watch the Spotlight on the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event video, and stay tuned to SXSW News throughout the season for announcements, including our 2017 Judges set to be revealed in late October. Enter your project before the application deadline on Friday, November 11 at 11:59pm CT.
2016 SXSW Accelerator Awards. Photo by Amanda Stronza