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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
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
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
Washington, DC

Kahil Ashanti
Mantis XR
Vancouver, Canada

Kory Bailey
UpSurge Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

Kathleen Baireuther
Breakthrough Energy
Austin, TX

Dave Barcos
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
Mexico City, Mexico

Uranik Begu
Innovation Centre Kosovo
Prishtina, Kosovo

Ben Blanquera
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
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

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
Antwerp, Belgium

Shelia D. Collins
AARP Innovation Labs
Washington, DC

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

Asha Easton
Immerse UK
London, England

Tarek El Saad
Toronto, Canada

Ellen Erickson
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
Berlin, Germany

Tim Fulton
Horizon Two Labs
Columbus, OH

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

John Gauch
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
New York, NY

Lorin Hamlin
Under Armour
Baltimore, MD

Bryan J. Hansen
Janssen Research & Development
Springhouse, PA

Catherine D. Henry
Los Angeles, CA

Norbert Herrmann
Berlin Senate Department for Economics
Berlin, Germany

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

Alexander Hertel
Victoria, Canada

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

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

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

Hannah Lange
North Dakota Department of Commerce
Fargo, ND

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

John Machacek
Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation
Fargo, ND

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 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
New York, NY

Leon Neville
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
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

Jan Pflueger
Karlsfeld, Germany

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

Jeremy Raley
Nashville Entrepreneur Center
Nashville, TN

Varun Ramdevan
Johnson & Johnson Innovation / OneVenture
Cambridge, MA

Venki Rao
Columbus, OH

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

Steve Schwartz
Redmond, WA

Allison Sekuler
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada

Luke Shabro
Divergent Futures Consulting
Chesapeake, VA

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

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

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

Zhaina Sultanova
Plug and Play Tech Center
Astana, Kazakhstan

Hunter Sunrise
Portland, OR

Takayuki Suzuki
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
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

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
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 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.


Dean Cruse

Tanya White
I am a Robot LLC

Greg Wright

Qualifiers & Coaches

Collin Anawaty
First Dollar

Mikell Becker
Sense-Comm Technology

Kara Bortone
Johnson & Johnson

Shelly Brenckman
DesignSpark Innovation Center

Mary Brendza
Curated For You

Molly Cain

Michael Crider
The Crider Company

Liz Deering
Impact Haven

Jenn Deering Davis
Gradient Works

Candice Digby
Vapor IO

Christine DiPietro
Iconic Moments

Leslie Elder

Sloan Foster

McArthur Gill
Swan Bitcoin

Jonathan Ha

Jacqueline Hughes
Kauffman Fellows

Amy Hurwitz
Boston Consulting Group

Mariam Jacob
Allergy and Asthma Clinics of Houston

Kaz Karwowski
Rice University

Teri Kelly

Barbara Kelso
Kelso Consultants

Esmaeil Khaksari

Lisa McDonald
Global Health Security Fund

Rob Austin McKee
University of Houston

Robert McKee
Cypress Associates

Mellini Monique
Vocal Culture Garden

Molly Montgomery
Founder’s Haven

Allen Narcisse

Marc Nathan

Will Neder
CareSet Systems

Rachelle Oribio

Mark Phillip
Are You Watching This?!

Isabella Schmitt
Proxima Clinical Research

Sarah Spear

Kristin Spindler
Concordia University Texas

Mark Streich

Emily Thurman
Growth Marketing Leader

Anita Tulsiani
Chief Marketing Officer at Carpe Data

Matt Udvari

Val Vacante

Ashland Viscosi
Creatives Meet Business

Sharon Wallace
Mbira Group

Joshua Weibling
Hatch Pitch

Adam Weinroth
Form Bio

Chris Westfall
Westfall and Associates

Ron Yerkes
Independant Consultant

Wen Zhang
INNW Institute

Chen Zhang

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.

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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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