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SXSW Pitch

March 11–12, 2023

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


SXSW Pitch 2022 – Photo by Lauren Hartmann

SXSW Pitch 2022 – Photo by Lauren Hartmann

About SXSW Pitch

 

The 15th annual SXSW Pitch will take place at the Hilton Austin Downtown on Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12. 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.

2023 SXSW Pitch will feature 40 Interactive technology companies from eight different categories: Artificial Intelligence, Voice, & Robotics; Enterprise & Smart Data; Entertainment, Media & Content; Food, Nutrition, & Health; Future of Work; Innovative World Technologies; Metaverse & Web3; and Smart Cities, Transportation & Sustainability.

These companies will dazzle a live audience with their company pitch and Q&A with our panel of judges. We will feature 20 companies on Saturday, March 11 and 20 companies on Sunday, March 12. On Sunday, March 12 at 6:30pm we will host the SXSW Pitch Award Ceremony and announce a winner from each category.

Applications for the 2023 SXSW season and now closed. Stay tuned for the Finalists announcement later in the season.

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2023 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.

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, 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.

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, aging and geriatrics, general wellness, 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, 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, payment and fintech, space and Aerospace, biotechnology and nanotechnology, agriculture and natural resources, pet tech, drones, home refinancing, quantum computing and computer chip technology, energy, and others.

Metaverse & Web3

Technologies that enhance the way people connect, communicate, and share unique life experiences with those around them in a digital ecosystem, including but not limited to the Metaverse and Web3 integration. Startups within this category aim to better immerse consumers within their digital experiences through augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), multi-sensory incorporation, wearables, Web 3.0 applications, and blockchain technology. These startups may have applications in dating and friendship, professional networking, content creation, NFT/blockchain, social media, instant messaging, extended reality, mass media, and more.

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, real estate development, transportation, logistics, product delivery, autonomous vehicles, ridesharing, infrastructure, utilities, public works, security, population data, government and civic services, and more.

2023 Advisory Board

 

The individuals listed below were instrumental to the success of the 2023 SXSW Pitch. Their hard work, diligence, and support in bringing together the technology industry’s future to our event is greatly appreciated.

Rafat Abushaban
Riable
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

Meredith Ahr Goldman
linkedin.com/in/meredithahr/
Jackson, WY

Christina Alessi
Curitiba Agency
Curitiba, Brazil

Candice Alger
Creative Media Industries Institute GSU
Atlanta, GA

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
NSIN
Washington, DC

Kahil Ashanti
Mantis XR
Vancouver, Canada

Kory Bailey
UpSurge Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

Kathleen Baireuther
Breakthrough Energy
Austin, TX

Dave Barcos
Formos
Vancouver, WA

Ana Barjasic
Connectology: European Innovation Council
London, England

Juan Barraza
Portland State University Center for Entrepreneurship
Portland, OR

Ivan Barron
PREA Foundation
Seattle, WA

Elizabeth Becerril Wong
Techstars
Mexico City, Mexico

Uranik Begu
Innovation Centre Kosovo
Prishtina, Kosovo

Ben Blanquera
Rackspace
Dublin, OH

Marjan Blumberg
Marjan B. Consultancy
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Leticia Bordón Medina
Ministry of Information Technology and Communications / Gellify Iberia
Barcelona, Spain

Natara Branch
Super Group
Houston, TX

Frank Brennan
Republic of Work
Cork, Ireland

Amalie Briden
British Phonographic Industry
London, England

Deanna Brown
PMC
Austin, TX

Dirk Brown
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC

Tim Brownstone
KYMIRA
Reading, England

Leigh-Ann Buchanan
aīre ventures
Miami, FL

Sarah Burgaud
StartOut
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

Semra Celebi
Female Works & Startup Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Raymond Chin
Wunderman Thompson
Shanghai, Shanghai

Jan Chmelik
Ministry of Industry and Trade of The Czech
Prague, Czech

Mollie Coleman
High Caliber Events
Washington, DC

Bart Collet
Hyperadvancer
Antwerp, Belgium

Shelia D. Collins
AARP Innovation Labs
Washington, DC

Steve Cook
Liquorem Holdings
Charleston, SC

Liz Coufal
Valkyrie
Austin, TX

Lindsey Cox
LaunchTN
Nashville, TN

Buke Cuhadar
EKOS.AI
Boston, MA

Todd Cullen
Northwestern Mutual
Milwaukee, WI

Jeremy Dalton
PwC
Austin, TX

Darragh Dandurand
Independent
New York, NY

Tracy Deforge
The Players’ Impact
Franklin, MA

Gijs den Butter
SenseGlove
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Izabela Derda
Erasmus University
Leiden, Netherlands

Joyce Deuley
Zpryme Research
San Antonio, TX

Chandra Devam
ArisMD
Wilmington, DE

Ashely DeWalt
DivInc
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

Asha Easton
Immerse UK
London, England

Tarek El Saad
InMoment
Toronto, Canada

Ellen Erickson
FedTech
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
Techstars
Anaheim, CA

Devon Fox
PGA Tour
Ponte Vedra, FL

Kathleen Fritzsche
kathleenfritzsche.com
Berlin, Germany

Tim Fulton
Horizon Two Labs
Columbus, OH

Andrea M Garcia
New Mexico Start-Up Factory
Sante Fe, NM

John Gauch
Synervoz
Toronto, Canada

Timmy Ghiurau
Volvo Cars
Gothenburg, Sweden

Jaime Gloshay
Native Women Lead
Albuquerque, NM

Brett Greene
New Tech Northwest
Seattle, WA

Nate Gross
Doximity and Rock Health
San Francisco, CA

Micheal Gutkowski
JustAnswer
New York, NY

Lorin Hamlin
Under Armour
Baltimore, MD

Bryan J. Hansen
Janssen Research & Development
Springhouse, PA

Catherine D. Henry
Media.Monks
Los Angeles, CA

Norbert Herrmann
Berlin Senate Department for Economics
Berlin, Germany

Corey Herscu
MCI Groups (MCI Group)
Los Angeles, CA

Alexander Hertel
Intuit
Victoria, Canada

Anna Hight
CzechInvest
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
CzechInvest/Erste
Prague, Czech Republic

Daryl Hyun
Echoscope
Vancouver, Canada

Melinda Jacobs
Subatomic/Perkio
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Maxim Jago
Maxim Limited
London, England

Ashley Jennings
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Cate Johnson
Arbor Revolutions
Boulder, CO

Kasey Jones
A Better Jones and Virtual Inc.
Portland, OR

Yeni Joseph
The Next Web
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dalia Kamar
EquiTie
Cairo, Egypt

Natalia Karbasova
FitTEch Company
Munich, Germany

Gregg Katano
HOLOGATE
Los Angeles, CA

Lisa Katz
William Davidson Foundation
Troy, MI

Henry Keyser
SeeBeyondTheHype
New York, NY

Denis Kulikov
Glaza
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

Hannah Lange
North Dakota Department of Commerce
Fargo, ND

Jay Latta
Jaylatta
Munich, Germany

Tiana Laurench
Founder Institute Austin
Austin, TX

Sara Ledternan
3+ Ventures
San Francisco, CA

Jennifer Lee
Plympton
Las Vegas, NV

Sly Spencer Lee
Emerge
Marina del Rey, CA

Maren Lesche
Applied Data Incubator
Berlin, Germany

Aisha Lewis
Zendesk
Austin, TX

Rebecca Lovell
Denali Founder Consulting
Seattle, WA

John Machacek
Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation
Fargo, ND

Ivy Mahsciao
evrmore
New York, NY

Cynthia Maller
Walmart
San Francisco, CA

Cindy Mallory
American Technology Services
New York, NY

Ikram Mansori
VetsinTech
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
KIT-AR
Odivelas, Lisbon

Eric Masher
Andromeda Entertainment/Q2c Vr Gamer
Cohoes, NY

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

Neela Mollgaard
Launch Minnesota
St. Paul, MN

Martin Montero
Tavern XR
Mexico City, Mexico

Jessica Moose
Santa Fe Business Incubator
Santa Fe, NM

Violeta Moran Carofilis
Fundacion Emprender
Manta, Ecuador

Ludek Moravec
Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, DC
Washington, DC

Melissa Nebot Bohrer
Girls in Tech
Miami, FL

Joshua Ness
Verizon
New York, NY

Leon Neville
BPI
London, England

Doug Newcomb
Automotive News
Hood River, OR

Andrew Ngui
Greater Peoria Economic Development Council
Peoria, IL

Aline Noizet
Digital Health Connector
Barcelona, Spain

Nadyli Nunez
Ascender
Pittsburgh, PA

Damola Omotosho
Microsoft for Startups
Vancouver, WA

Cagdas Onen
Oppsense
Toronto, ON

Rafael Pagés
Volograms
Dublin, Ireland

Leon Pals
Progress Foundation
Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland

David Parisi
College of Charleston
Charleston, SC

Amy Peck
EndeavorXR
San Francisco, CA

Christina Pellicane
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ

Hersh Perlis
Legal Innovation Zone
Toronto, Ontario

Jan Pflueger
advisXR
Karlsfeld, Germany

Cristina Pimentel
Universal Music Group
Los Angeles, CA

George Ploss
Oracle-NetSuite
Austin, TX

Corey Ponder
em|PACT Strategies
Brooklyn, NY

Jenny Poon
HUUB/CO+HOOTS
Phoenix, AZ

Sammy Popat
The University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, MD

Joanna Popper
CAA
Los Angeles, CA

Jeremy Raley
Nashville Entrepreneur Center
Nashville, TN

Varun Ramdevan
Johnson & Johnson Innovation / OneVenture
Cambridge, MA

Venki Rao
CAS
Columbus, OH

Eric Renz-Whitmore
Emergent Wave
Albuquerque, NM

Lesley Robinson
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Steven Rodriguez
SUEGO
Queens, NY

Emily Ross
Twitter
Dublin, Ireland

Zoë Sabajo
TechLeap
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ghader Sadeghi
Raychat
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
Boomy
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
Momentum
Little Rock, AR

Samantha Schwartz
Workbox
Chicago, IL

Steve Schwartz
ProInfluence
Redmond, WA

Allison Sekuler
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada

Luke Shabro
Divergent Futures Consulting
Chesapeake, VA

Eric Shamlin
Media.Monks
Los Angeles, CA

Jonty Sharples
Airalo
London, England

Tal Shmueli
Stacked
Austin, TX

Roshni Shokar
Michigan Central
Detroit, MI

Harry (Skeeva) Skigis
Between Realities
Mesa, AZ

Christoph Sollich
The Pitch Doctor
Berlin, Germany

Bob Sopko
Case Western Reserve University, Jumpstart, Youngstown Business Incubator
Cleveland, OH

Marian Spier
FEM-START
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

Zhaina Sultanova
Plug and Play Tech Center
Astana, Kazakhstan

Hunter Sunrise
Instapage
Portland, OR

Takayuki Suzuki
ParadeAll
Tokyo, Japan

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

Nate Thompson
HTX Sports Tech
Houston, TX

Frederik Tibau
Agoria
Brussels, Belgium

Kunbi Tinuoye
UrbanGeekz
Atlanta, GA

Abby Trotter
Life Science Tennessee
Nashville, TN

Rick Turoczy
PIE
Portland, OR

Jasmine Uniza
VR with Jasmine
San Jose, CA

Pedro Vasconcellos
BeerOrCoffee
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Minh Vu
Indeed
Austin, TX

Glenn Walker
Luminate
Los Angeles, CA

Thomas Wavering
University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, OK

Michael Weatherby
BDO Canada
Surrey, Canada

Van West
Vocalytics
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

Ulrike Wohlert
Wirtschaftsförderung Land Brandenburg GmbH (WFBB)
Potsdam, Germany

Sara Wolfe
Grand Challenges
Toronto, Canada

Joey Womack
Goodie Nation
Atlanta, GA

Colleen Wong
Endeavor Global
New York, NY

Chika Yamamoto
CROSSBIE
Berlin & Tokyo

Jason Yim
Trigger XR
Los Angeles, CA

Matej Zahradnik
CzechInvest
New York, NY

Hubert Zajicek
Health Wildcatters
Dallas, TX

Anna Zò
Music Innovation Hub
Milan, Italy

2023 SXSW Pitch Qualifying and Coaches Committee

 

SXSW Pitch Qualifying and Coaches Committee contribute significantly to the success of SXSW Pitch. The Qualifying Committee focuses on the intake of all plans submitted and is responsible for validating the applications for accuracy, completeness, veracity and proper categorization. With their vast experience, SXSW Pitch Coaches work closely with the finalists in the months leading up to the event to assist them in their onstage presentations.

Facilitators

Dean Cruse
Tethr
Qualifier

Tanya White
I am a Robot LLC
Qualifier

Greg Wright
HATCH Pitch
Coach

Qualifiers & Coaches

Collin Anawaty
First Dollar
Qualifier

Mikell Becker
Sense-Comm Technology
Coach

Kara Bortone
Johnson & Johnson
Coach

Shelly Brenckman
DesignSpark Innovation Center
Coach

Mary Brendza
Curated For You
Qualifier

Molly Cain
IRS
Coach

Michael Crider
The Crider Company
Qualifier

Liz Deering
Impact Haven
Coach

Jenn Deering Davis
Gradient Works
Qualifier

Candice Digby
Vapor IO
Qualifier

Christine DiPietro
Iconic Moments
Qualifier

Leslie Elder
Workrise
Qualifier

Sloan Foster
ROBOAMP
Qualifier

McArthur Gill
Swan Bitcoin
Qualifier

Jonathan Ha
Microsoft
Coach

Jacqueline Hughes
Kauffman Fellows
Qualifier

Amy Hurwitz
Boston Consulting Group
Coach

Mariam Jacob
Allergy and Asthma Clinics of Houston
Coach

Kaz Karwowski
Rice University
Coach

Teri Kelly
Salesforce
Qualifier

Barbara Kelso
Kelso Consultants
Qualifier

Esmaeil Khaksari
Clarivate
Qualifier

Lisa McDonald
Global Health Security Fund
Coach

Rob Austin McKee
University of Houston
Coach

Robert McKee
Cypress Associates
Coach

Mellini Monique
Vocal Culture Garden
Coach

Molly Montgomery
Founder’s Haven
Qualifier

Allen Narcisse
Gigs
Qualifier

Marc Nathan
T-Squared
Coach

Will Neder
CareSet Systems
Coach

Rachelle Oribio
SolverX
Coach/Qualifier

Mark Phillip
Are You Watching This?!
Qualifier

Isabella Schmitt
Proxima Clinical Research
Coach

Sarah Spear
Auctane
Coach

Kristin Spindler
Concordia University Texas
Coach

Mark Streich
SquareFairy
Coach

Emily Thurman
Growth Marketing Leader
Qualifier

Anita Tulsiani
Chief Marketing Officer at Carpe Data
Qualifier

Matt Udvari
Aquifer
Qualifier

Val Vacante
dentsu
Qualifier

Ashland Viscosi
Creatives Meet Business
Qualifier

Sharon Wallace
Mbira Group
Coach

Joshua Weibling
Hatch Pitch
Coach

Adam Weinroth
Form Bio
Qualifier

Chris Westfall
Westfall and Associates
Coach

Ron Yerkes
Independant Consultant
Coach

Wen Zhang
INNW Institute
Qualifier

Chen Zhang
Aquifer
Qualifier

2023 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 2023 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.

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 613 companies that participated in SXSW Pitch between 2009 and 2022, over 93% received funding, with combined funding over almost $21.5 billion (does not include undisclosed grants, angel and seed funding). Of these 613 companies, 16% 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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