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.

Applications Open: June 28–November 13

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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.

2023 Applications

Don't miss your opportunity to pitch your startup live at SXSW in Austin, TX. Learn more about how to apply for SXSW 2023 including eligibility requirements and important deadlines below.

For a listing of Frequently Asked Questions about the SXSW Pitch read the SXSW Pitch FAQ. For any SXSW Pitch inquiries, please contact michelle@sxsw.com.

For any press inquiries to SXSW Pitch Event, please contact conferencepress@sxsw.com.

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2023 Application Deadlines

Early Bird Fee $100 June 28 – September 9
Regular Fee $220 September 10 – November 13

The final deadline to apply to the 2023 SXSW Pitch event is November 13, 2022 at 11:59pm PT.

All deadlines end at 11:59pm PT.

Eligibility:

  • The company’s product and / or service must have been conceived no earlier than March 21, 2021.
  • Each company may only enter one product or service to SXSW Pitch.
  • A company that enters more than one product or service will not be eligible to participate in SXSW Pitch.
  • Each applicant is only eligible to present in one of the SXSW family of startup innovation events (SXSW Pitch, SXSW Innovation Awards, or SXSW EDU Launch). If you would like to apply for SXSW Pitch and Innovative Awards, please note you will only be eligible to participate in one.
  • 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.
  • The product or service must fall into one of the SXSW Pitch categories.

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

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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.

2022 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 2022 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.

Female Founders Making Waves at SXSW Pitch

PitchBook has focused in on the impressive role female founders have played in SXSW Pitch numbers over the years.

In the US VC ecosystem, female founders continue to exit faster and at higher valuations than their all-male counterparts. In fact, 2022 is on pace to be the twelfth straight year that female-founded companies exited faster than the broader market. Explore this PitchBook dashboard of data to learn more.

Female Founders Dashboard

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 572 companies that participated in SXSW Pitch since 2009, over 82% received funding, with combined funding in excess of almost $14.5 billion (does not include undisclosed grants, angel and seed funding). Of these 572 companies, 17% have been acquired by the likes of Google, British Telecom, Huffington Post, Apple, Live Nation, OpenTable, 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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