SXSW Pitch

March 9-10, 2024

SXSW Pitch showcases innovative new technology to a panel of industry experts, high-profile media professionals, venture capital investors, and angel investors.

Application Deadline: November 12, 2023

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2023 SXSW Pitch – Innovative World Technologies – Photo by Kimmi Cranes

About SXSW Pitch


SXSW Pitch returns for its 16th year to showcase some of the global startup ecosystem's most exciting, innovative, and cutting-edge technology! According to Pitchbook, finalists involved in this competition since 2009 have raised more than $23.2 billion in funding.

The event provides an outlet for companies to present the latest ideas across eight categories to a panel of industry experts, early adopters, and representatives from the investment community. We invite you to join us for this incredible pitch event as we highlight startup technologies' most impressive innovations from March 9-10, 2024 at the SXSW 2024 Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas.

Apply to SXSW Pitch 2024

Don't miss your opportunity to pitch your startup live at SXSW 2024! Applications are open through November 12, 2023.

Learn more about important application deadlines, eligibility criteria and more. 2024 Categories include Artificial Intelligence, Voice, & Robotics; Enterprise & Smart Data; Entertainment, Media & Content; Extended Reality and Web3; Future of Work; Food, Nutrition, & Health; Innovative World Technologies; and Smart Cities, Transportation & Sustainability, Student Startup.

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Discover What's Next at SXSW Pitch 2024

SXSW Pitch has been supporting innovative ideas and driving deals for early-stage startups for 16 years.

Explore this year's 8 Categories and submit your application by November 12, 2023 for the chance to join the ranks of alumni greats!

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2024 Categories


Artificial Intelligence, Voice, & Robotics

Technologies related to machine-simulated intelligence, consciousness, empathy, or speech. These technologies may also cover Internet of Things and smart devices, or a machine's ability to perform, anticipate, and streamline tasks without human assistance. These startups seek to address a wide variety of issues and may include Super Apps, generative AI, AI chips, and more.

Enterprise & Smart Data

Technologies that increase productivity for businesses and/or individuals by simplifying informational data through new workflows and analytics. These startups may have applications in data collection, management, organization, big data simulation, analysis, presentation, interpretation, security, and augmentation across industries such as business, finance, advertising, and more.

Entertainment, Media & Content

Technologies and applications that are re-inventing the experience of leisure, information and entertainment. Industries these technologies address may include gaming, music, film, television, video, arts, news and publishing, streaming, and digital storytelling.

Extended Reality and Web3

Technologies that enhance the way people connect, communicate, and share unique life experiences with those around them in a digital ecosystem. Startups within this category aim to better immerse consumers within their digital experiences through Web 3.0 applications, wearables, blockchain technology, multi-sensory incorporation, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and other visualization technologies. These startups may have applications in dating and friendship, professional networking, gaming, data visualization, warfare, content creation, NFT/blockchain, social media, instant messaging, extended reality, mass media, and more.

Food, Nutrition, & Health

Technologies focused on human-centric applications that advance nutrition and connect individuals with health systems and facilities, care teams, providers, insurance, corporate and personal wellness services, and public health & social services. These startups may also include applications in food and CPG, agriculture and farming, aging and geriatrics, vaccines, mRNA technology, general wellness, assistive technology, diagnosis, treatment, fertility, genetics, exercise, home fitness, nutrition, sleep, sports, cannabis, and medical wearable technologies.

Future of Work

Technologies that enable, empower, change, and expand capabilities in the future of work and the working experience. These technologies may find applications in the gig economy, remote working and connectivity, business communications, project management, workforce incentives and benefits, payments, manufacturing, human resources, employee education and skills training, recruiting, and others.

Innovative World Technologies

This category is for any creative and innovative application, product, or service that does not fit in another SXSW Pitch category, as well as technologies that act as the infrastructure that new technologies are built on. Examples that might fit into this category include (but are not limited to) societal good, social networking, supply chain, payment and fintech, Aerospace and flight technology, biotechnology and nanotechnology, pet tech, drones, home refinancing, defense and security measures, quantum computing and computer chip technology, and others.

Smart Cities, Transportation & Sustainability

Technologies that create and advance smart cities by providing services and products for local environments, which includes buildings, neighborhoods, communities, and public spaces. These innovations may find applications in sustainability, climate change, renewable power sources, real estate development, transportation, tourism, logistics, product delivery, autonomous vehicles, ridesharing, infrastructure, utilities, public works, security, population data, government and civic services, and more.

Student Startup

Student startup that is showcasing innovative technology with a focus on Artificial Intelligence, Voice & Robotics; Enterprise & Smart Data; Entertainment, Media & Content; Extended Reality and Web3 Future of Work; Food, Nutrition & Health; Innovative World Technologies; Smart Cities, and/or Transportation & Sustainability. A student from the startup management team will need to present at SXSW Pitch if selected as a Finalist or Alternate, as well as must be enrolled at a College or University during the SXSW Pitch March 2024 event.

Please note that high school students are not eligible to enter the Student Startup Category for SXSW Pitch — if you are a high school student, then you should enter the EDU Student Impact Competition.

2024 SXSW Pitch Applications


SXSW Pitch is a featured startup showcase event that has an open call for startups to apply for the chance to participate at SXSW each March. Explore SXSW Pitch 2024 deadlines, criteria, and categories before you submit your application.

Submit your application before the final deadline on November 12, 2023 at 11:59pm PT. Late entries will not be accepted.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • The company’s product and/or service must have been conceived no earlier than March 9, 2022.
  • Each company may only enter one product or service into SXSW Pitch. A company that enters more than one product or service will not be eligible to participate in SXSW Pitch.
  • Startups are encouraged to apply to multiple SXSW competitions, including SXSW Pitch, SXSW Innovation Awards and SXSW EDU Launch (if you are an education-related startup). But because we want to showcase as many different compelling startups as possible at SXSW, know that your startup will only be selected as a finalist in one of these three competitions.
  • Founders of the company applying must retain some portion of ownership in the company.
  • The Company must not have raised over eight (8) million dollars in funding from combined funding sources.
  • Startups should be legally registered and compliant with all relevant regulations and laws in their respective jurisdictions.
  • The product or service must fall into one of the SXSW Pitch categories.

Final entry deadline: Sunday, November 12, 2023 at 11:59pm PT.

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For questions about eligibility, the selection process, and more, please see the FAQ.

2024 PitchBook Report


Each year, PitchBook, a financial data and software company, complies over a decade’s worth of data into a report for the SXSW Pitch event.

Download the 2024 Report from PitchBook below to explore industry categories and data on standout past participants from the most VC capital raised to most active investors in SXSW companies and more.

2024 Advisory Board

Rafat Abushaban
Gaza, Palestine
Nilima Achwal
The Female Founders
Los Angeles, CA
Stephen Adler
Tel Aviv University Canada
Toronto, Canada
Nafis Ahmed
YSpace of York University
Toronto, Canada
Christina Alessi
Curitiba Agency
Curitiba, Brazil
Saif Ali
Dastgyr Technologies
Karachi, Pakistan
Karen Allen
Infinite Album
Los Angeles, CA
Amber Allen
Double A Labs
Austin, TX
Claudia Aparicio
GrowthX-SingularithyU Colombia
Bogota, Colombia
Nina Archie
Washington, DC
Kahil Ashanti
Mantis XR
Vancouver, Canada
Kathleen Baireuther
Breakthrough Energy
Austin, TX
Dave Barcos
Vancouver, WA
Ana Barjasic
Connectology: European Innovation Council
London, England
Ivan Barron
PREA Foundation
Seattle, WA
Elizabeth Becerril Wong
Mexico City, Mexico
Uranik Begu
Innovation Centre Kosovo
Prishtina, Kosovo
Ben Blanquera
Dublin, OH
Marjan Blumberg
Marjan B. Consultancy
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Natara Branch
Super Group
Houston, TX
Amalie Briden
British Phonographic Industry
London, England
Deanna Brown
Austin, TX
Dirk Brown
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC
Tim Brownstone
Reading, England
Leigh-Ann Buchanan
aīre ventures
Miami, FL
Sarah Burgaud
Oakland, CA
Andy Burkemper
Coker University
Florence, SC
Aprille Busch
NSF Southwest Innovation Corps
Austin, TX
Shawna Butler
Nurse Economist
Austin, TX
Bobbie Carlton
Innovation Women
Lexington, MA
Bobby Carlton
FS Studio
Saratoga Springs, NY
Cordell Carter
Festival of the Diaspora
Rockville, MD
Rosario B Casas
XR Americas & BCPartner Tech
New York, NY
Dana Catron
Arrowhead Center at NMSU
Santa Fe, NM
Raymond Chin
Wunderman Thompson
Shanghai, Shanghai
Mollie Coleman
High Caliber Events
Washington, DC
Bart Collet
Antwerp, Belgium
Steve Cook
Liquorem Holdings
Charleston, SC
Liz Coufal
Austin, TX
Lindsey Cox
Nashville, TN
Buke Cuhadar
Boston, MA
Todd Cullen
Northwestern Mutual
Milwaukee, WI
Jeremy Dalton
Austin, TX
Darragh Dandurand
New York, NY
Tracy Deforge
The Players’ Impact
Franklin, MA
Gijs den Butter
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Izabela Derda
Erasmus University
Leiden, Netherlands
Joyce Deuley
Zpryme Research
San Antonio, TX
Chandra Devam
Wilmington, DE
Ashely DeWalt
Houston, TX
Simone Driessen
Startup Foundation
Cappelle aan den Ijssel, Netherlands
Chloe Duckworth
Valence Vibrations
Los Angeles, CA
Sophie Durey
Tamar Capital x Le Studio
San Francisco, CA
Tarek El Saad
Toronto, Canada
Ellen Erickson
Global Entrepreneurship Network
Arlington, VA
Paola Ferrario
Region 9 Development Commission
Chicago, IL
Pedro Ferreira
Havas Media
Frankfurt, Germany
Charles Finlay
Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst
Toronto, Canada
Jessica Ford
Anaheim, CA
Devon Fox
PGA Tour
Ponte Vedra, FL
Kathleen Fritzsche
Company Name
Berlin, Germany
Tim Fulton
Horizon Two Labs
Columbus, OH
Andrea M Garcia
New Mexico Start-Up Factory
Sante Fe, NM
Timmy Ghiurau
Volvo Cars
Gothenburg, Sweden
Brett Greene
New Tech Northwest
Seattle, WA
Nate Gross
Doximity and Rock Health
San Francisco, CA
Micheal Gutkowski
New York, NY
Lorin Hamlin
Under Armour
Baltimore, MD
Bryan J. Hansen
Janssen Research & Development
Springhouse, PA
Catherine Henry
Los Angeles, CA
Norbert Herrmann
Berlin Senate Department for Economics
Berlin, Germany
Corey Herscu
MCI Groups
Los Angeles, CA
Anna Hight
San Francisco, CA
Nina Ho
The LaunchPad at UT Austin
Austin, TX
Cherie Hu
Water & Music
New York, NY
Harvey Hudes
Caliber Corporate Advisers
New York, NY
Grace Huefner
Build In SE
Nashville, TN
Ashley Huffman
TITAN Haptics
Mississauga, Canada
Lucie Hustolesova
Prague, Czech Republic
Daryl Hyun
Vancouver, Canada
Melinda Jacobs
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Maxim Jago
Maxim Limited
London, England
Ashley Jennings
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX
Cate Johnson
Arbor Revolutions
Boulder, CO
Yeni Joseph
The Next Web
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dalia Kamar
Cairo, Egypt
Natalia Karbasova
FitTEch Company
Munich, Germany
Gregg Katano
Los Angeles, CA
Lisa Katz
William Davidson Foundation
Troy, MI
Henry Keyser
New York, NY
Denis Kulikov
Los Angeles, CA
James Kwan
Jumpstart Media Limited
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Yee-Lin Lai
Walton Family Foundation
Bentonville, AK
Jerri LaMirand
Uncharted Learning
Austin, TX
Jay Latta
Munich, Germany
Tiana Laurench
Founder Institute Austin
Austin, TX
Sara Ledternan
3+ Ventures
San Francisco, CA
Jennifer Lee
Las Vegas, NV
Sly Spencer Lee
Marina del Rey, CA
Maren Lesche
Applied Data Incubator
Berlin, Germany
Aisha Lewis
Austin, TX
Rebecca Lovell
Denali Founder Consulting
Seattle, WA
Ivy Mahsciao
New York, NY
Cynthia Maller
San Francisco, CA
Cindy Mallory
American Technology Services
New York, NY
Ikram Mansori
San Francisco, CA
Javier Martinez
Founder Institute Dallas
Dallas, TX
Luis Martinez, MSOL
We Tha Plug
San Diego, CA
Martín Martinez
Founder Institute
Austin, TX
Luis Martins
Odivelas, Lisbon
Eric Mathews
Start Co.
Memphis, TN
Jean-Paul Mau-Asam
New Dutch Wave
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mara McCann
EveryGirl World
New York, NY
Alex Meland
Contact CI
Phoenix, AZ
Jon Mertz
Santa Fe Innovates
Santa Fe, NM
Martin Montero
Tavern XR
Mexico City, Mexico
Jessica Moose
Santa Fe Business Incubator
Santa Fe, NM
Violeta Moran Carofilis
Fundacion Emprender
Manta, Ecuador
Melissa Nebot Bohrer
Girls in Tech
Miami, FL
Leon Neville
London, England
Doug Newcomb
Automotive News
Hood River, OR
Aline Noizet
Digital Health Connector
Barcelona, Spain
Nadyli Nunez
Pittsburgh, PA
Damola Omotosho
Microsoft for Startups
Vancouver, WA
Cagdas Onen
Toronto, ON
Rafael Pagés
Dublin, Ireland
Leon Pals
Progress Foundation
Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland
David Parisi
College of Charleston
Charleston, SC
Amy Peck
San Francisco, CA
Christina Pellicane
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
Hersh Perlis
Legal Innovation Zone
Toronto, Ontario
Cristina Pimentel
Universal Music Group
Los Angeles, CA
George Ploss
Austin, TX
Corey Ponder
em|PACT Strategies
Brooklyn, NY
Jenny Poon
Phoenix, AZ
Sammy Popat
The University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, MD
Joanna Popper
Los Angeles, CA
Varun Ramdevan
Johnson & Johnson Innovation / OneVenture
Cambridge, MA
Eric Renz-Whitmore
Emergent Wave
Albuquerque, NM
Lesley Robinson
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX
Steven Rodriguez
Queens, NY
Emily Ross
Dublin, Ireland
Zoë Sabajo
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ghader Sadeghi
Tabriz, Iran
René Salomón
Fundación Trabajo Empresa
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Santa Cruz
Farzin Samadani
curious me
Los Angeles, CA
Mark Sanders
University of Minnesota
Saint Paul, MN
Matthew Cohen Santorelli
New York, NY
Mina Sartipi
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN
Joy Schoffler
Distinctive Edge Partners
Austin, TX
Ivy Schultz
Columbia Engineering
New York, NY
Daniel Schutte
Little Rock, AR
Samantha Schwartz
Chicago, IL
Allison Sekuler
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
Eric Shamlin
Los Angeles, CA
Jonty Sharples
London, England
Tal Shmueli
Austin, TX
Roshni Shokar
Michigan Central
Detroit, MI
Harry (Skeeva) Skigis
Between Realities
Mesa, AZ
Christoph Sollich
The Pitch Doctor
Berlin, Germany
Marian Spier
Den Haag, Zuid-Holland
Sanja Stankovic
The Social Chain AG/german.innovation
Hamburg, Germany
Jim Stefansic
Cumberland Emerging Technologies
Nashville, TN
Casandra Strauss
Universal Music Group
London, England
Elizabeth Strickler
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA
Hunter Sunrise
Portland, OR
Jennifer Tacheff
Manifest Advisors
San Francisco, CA
Cecilia Tham
Futurity Systems
Barcelona, Spain
Charles Thomas
Ideal City Design Group Inc
Toronto, Canada
Corine Thommen
Swissnex in San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Frederik Tibau
Brussels, Belgium
Kunbi Tinuoye
Atlanta, GA
Abby Trotter
Life Science Tennessee
Nashville, TN
Rick Turoczy
Portland, OR
Jasmine Uniza
VR with Jasmine
San Jose, CA
Pedro Vasconcellos
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Minh Vu
Austin, TX
Glenn Walker
Los Angeles, CA
Thomas Wavering
University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, OK
Michael Weatherby
BDO Canada
Surrey, Canada
Van West
Newport Beach, CA
Troy Wilford
The University City Science Center
Philadelphia, PA
Austin Wilson
Tauon, LLC
Cleveland, OH
Kevin Winston
Digital LA
Los Angeles, CA
Steve Winter
Brotman|Winter|Fried Communications
McLean, Virginia
Joey Womack
Goodie Nation
Atlanta, GA
Colleen Wong
Endeavor Global
New York, NY
Chika Yamamoto
Berlin & Tokyo
Jason Yim
Trigger XR
Los Angeles, CA
Matej Zahradnik
New York, NY
Hubert Zajicek
Health Wildcatters
Dallas, TX
Anna Zò
Music Innovation Hub
Milan, Italy

2023 Winners


2023 Winners By Category

Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & Voice: Reality Defender (New York, NY)

Enterprise & Smart Data: Climatiq (Berlin, Germany)

Entertainment, Media & Content: PentoPix (London, UK)

Food, Nutrition & Health: General Prognostics GPx (Boston, MA)

Future of Work: Reach Pathways (Chicago, IL)

Innovative World Technologies: SXD Ai (New York, NY)

Metaverse & Web3: Numbers Protocol (Taipei, Taiwan)

Smart Cities, Transportation & Logistics: Urban Machine (Oakland, CA)

2023 Special Award Winners

"Best In Show" | Entertainment, Media & Content: PentoPix (London, UK)

"Best Boostrap Company" | AMA — Environmental Agents (Curitiba, Brazil)

“Best Speed Pitch” | LeadrPro (Los Angeles, CA)

“Best In DEI” | CreditRich (Washington, DC)

SXSW Pitch Alumni Archive


SXSW Pitch proudly applauds our alumni and the millions of funding along the way. Over the years, we launched our startup platform for finalists with great ideas with the goal of matching them with top investors both nationally and internationally.

Of the 647 companies that participated in SXSW Pitch between 2009 and 2023, over 93% received funding, with combined funding over almost $23.2 billion (does not include undisclosed grants, angel and seed funding). Of these 647 companies, 17% have been acquired by Google, British Telecom, Huffington Post, Apple, Live Nation, OpenTable, Meta, Michelin, Constant Contact, and Harmon. Some of our prestigious alums you may know include Klout, ICON, Hipmunk, Wildfire, Tubemogul, Siri, Foodspotting, and Tango.

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