SXSW Pitch

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

2022 Winners

SXSW Pitch Presented by Cyndx – 2019 – Photo by Beverly Schulze

SXSW Pitch Presented by Cyndx – 2019 – Photo by Beverly Schulze

About SXSW Pitch


SXSW Pitch (formerly known as SXSW Accelerator®) showcases innovators and technology industry pioneers – from indie tech companies to trailblazing startups – to discover advancements in emerging technology.

From 2009-2021, 572 companies have participated in SXSW Pitch, with over 82% receiving funding and acquisitions in excess of $14.5 billion.

The 14th annual SXSW Pitch took place during SXSW 2022 and featured 45 Interactive technology companies from 9 different categories. From March 12-13, each company made their pitch to a live audience and panel of judges. Winners were announced at the SXSW Pitch Awards Ceremony on March 13.

Explore the 2022 Winners by category and download the latest PitchBook report to learn more about trends in Venture Capital and see data on the history of SXSW Pitch.

Stay tuned for SXSW 2023 application and registration information coming later this summer.

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SXSW Pitch 2022

SXSW Pitch (formerly SXSW Accelerator®) showcases innovative new technology to industry experts, high-profile media professionals, venture capital investors, and angel investors.

2022 Winners by Category


The 2022 winners were announced during the SXSW Pitch Awards Ceremony on Sunday, March 13 with emcees Clyde Hutchinson and Anita Carmichael Roberts.

Browse 2022 winners and finalists in each of the 9 categories below.

Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & Voice

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.

2022 Winner: Hume AI

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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.

2022 Winner: Syrup Tech

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Entertainment, Gaming & Content

Technologies and applications that are reinventing the ways humans find enjoyment through areas such as leisure, education, and entertainment. Industries these technologies address may include gaming, music, film, television, video, arts, news and publishing, streaming, and digital storytelling.

2022 Winner: Action Face

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Extended Reality & Immersive Technology

Technologies using XR – augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and other visualization technologies. These applications may address such uses as gaming, entertainment, data visualization, education, medical care, warfare, transportation, and many more subjects.

2022 Winner: MATSUKO

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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.

2022 Winner: Anthill

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Health, Wearables & Wellbeing

Technologies focused on human-centric applications that advance health 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 aging and geriatrics, general wellness, diagnosis, treatment, fertility, genetics, exercise, home fitness, nutrition, sleep, sports, and wearable technologies.

2022 Winner: Sonavi Labs

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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) payments and financial technologies, blockchain, space and aerospace, biotechnology and nanotechnology, agriculture and natural resources, pet tech, cannabusiness, sustainability, drones, home refinancing, quantum computing and computer chip technology, energy, and others.

2022 Winner: Hilos

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Smart Cities, Transportation & Logistics

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

2022 Winner: JusticeText

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Social & Culture

Technologies that explore and expand the boundaries of how humans experience life as individuals, as communities, and as global citizens. Examples of such sectors include but are not limited to social media and networking, family-tech, dating and friendship, travel and hospitality, environment and climate change, home, fashion, and consumer tech. This category also covers social enterprise technologies that aim to solve social or societal problems, impact positive change, and improve lives.

2022 Winner: MOGL

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SXSW Pitch 2022 also crowned its “Best In Show” winner, Hilos. Special awards were also presented to Kiro Action for “Best Bootstrap,” Unpacking for “Best One Minute Speed Pitch,” and Sonavi Labs for “Best DEI.”

2022 Finalists & Alternates


Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & Voice


Hong Kong, Hong Kong

beingAI is the world’s first transmedia AI company creating AI beings that build long-term engagement and trust with digital-native consumers anywhere, anytime, across devices and media platforms. Our mission is to bring empathy and positivity into how we nurture and experience AI, so we can collaborate with AI to help humanity thrive.

Scottsdale, AZ

CIRQ+ is an AI, automation, and robotics platform for commercial properties helping protect people against pathogens while reducing costs with plug and play technology. In response to COVID-19, CIRQ+, created CBOT, the world’s first IOT autonomous disinfection robot that disinfects without manual labor creating healthier and safer spaces for all.

Hume AI
New York, NY

Hume AI provides the science and technology needed to build AI with empathy. Our platform brings emotional awareness and responsiveness to voice assistants, telehealth, social networks, and other AI systems. Together with our sister non-profit, we are paving the way for AI optimized for well-being.

Mod Tech Labs
Austin, TX

MOD helps creative agencies digitize the real-world with AI-powered capture and 3D software workflows for enhanced retail marketing and monetization. Transforming photos and videos into 3D digital content faster with a no-code automated SaaS platform. Enabling 3D visuals of products, people, and worlds across devices and interactive content needs.
Calgary, Canada creates predictive healthcare products powered by artificial intelligence and validated science to improve animal health outcomes across species. We believe animals can live healthier, longer lives when humans are able to be more proactive in their care.


Chattanooga, TN

Barometer uses AI to analyze text, from tweets, to news, to podcast transcripts, and outputs consistent ratings to inform decision makers at companies and marketing agencies, managing content at scale.

The Collaboratory
Chicago, IL

The Collaboratory’s first-of-its-kind search engine leverages cutting edge NLP to help life science professionals get the technical documents they need (both public and proprietary) faster than ever. Using our platform, biopharma companies can reduce their R&D costs and accelerate time to market.

Hummingbirds AI
Miami Beach, FL

Hummingbirds AI is an Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision startup. Our goal is providing trustable AI and helping global enterprises to optimize employee performance, security and enhance companies’ efficiency. We’re on a mission to democratize responsible AI for the enterprise. Saving the planet one company at a time.

Enterprise and Smart Data


Houston, TX

Better surgeries. Happier Patients. CaseCTRL’s patent-pending SaaS surgical management platform streamlines surgical scheduling and coordination workflows enabling collaboration across surgeons, schedulers, administrators, billing, and staff. CaseCTRL reduces surgery cancellations, complications, operational costs, and administrative burden while maximizing surgical case revenue and patient satisfaction. Built by surgeons for surgical practices.

Washington, DC

KeyCaliber automatically identifies critical cyber assets using machine learning, empowering cybersecurity and infrastructure programs with the essential business context and self-awareness needed to optimize resources and ensure business resilience

Mozart Data
San Francisco, CA

Mozart Data is an out-of-the-box Modern Data Stack that provides the easiest and quickest way to consolidate, organize, and analyze your data, without engineering or technical knowledge. Go from unstructured, siloed, and messy data to analysis-ready with just a few button clicks, SQL, and only a few hours.

Syrup Tech
New York, NY

Syrup Tech is an end-to-end inventory excellence engine for apparel & fashion. We use sophisticated AI/ML to boost profitability through fewer lost sales, enhance sustainability through reduced excess and overproduction, and significantly improve the workflows for merchandisers and planners. The inventory revolution is here.

New York, NY

ZeBrand is an AI-driven brand-building platform that helps emerging businesses brand their way to growth by defining a solid brand strategy, designing digital brand guidelines, and delivering brand assets at a fraction of the cost–no skills required.


San Francisco, CA

NachoNacho is a fintech-enabled B2B SaaS marketplace. It is a one-stop shop for businesses to manage and buy all SaaS: (1) Consolidate all existing SaaS spend in 1 account. Create a separate virtual credit card for each subscription, with tight limits. (2) Get massive discounts on hundreds of SaaS products.

Chicago, IL

Ranked the #1 fastest growing market research platform by Inc. Magazine, QualSights is an immersive insights platform that leverages innovative technology to help companies quickly generate the most authentic insights from consumers anywhere in the world.

Los Angeles, CA

Signals-driven automated advertising platform bringing the speed and precision of high-frequency trading to ad-buying for music and streamed media.

Entertainment, Gaming & Content


Action Face
Berkeley, CA

Action Face is the first 3D scanning app that instantly transforms users into 3D action figures that they can customize and purchased – at an affordable price as a physical 3D print. They also get a free 3D animation of their figure they can share with friends.

Berlin, Germany

Feelbelt innovates the experience of multimedia content through haptic feedback. In the perception of content and sound, the fourth dimension – the sense of touch – has long been neglected. The technology of the feelbelt transmits all audible frequencies from 1-20,000hz in form of mechanical impulses directly onto the body.

Carlsbad, CA

Preemadonna is a California based technology startup that powers creative expression with interactive experiences by and for its community of creators. Preemadonna’s first product, Nailbot, prints personalized art on nails in five seconds.

Paris, France

Pianity is an NFT music platform where musicians and their community can create, sell, buy and collect limited edition tracks. By restoring the status of art to music, Pianity provides a new source of income for artists, allowing them to be more independent and to live better from their passion.

Social Cipher
Los Angeles, CA

Social Cipher builds social-emotional learning games for youth of all neurotypes and software for the professionals who work with them.


London, UK

What’s Happaning? Like Google street view, but with video; Happaning lets you navigate events from any perspective, at any time, and from anywhere in one immersive live/on-demand experience. We call our tech multi-Vantage Videos, or simply ViiVid®. The world’s first crowdsourced storytelling platform.

Wilmington, DE

Ristband is more than a game. We’re the ultimate destination for live music in the metaverse. Artists perform shows, fans discover new music, play games, and hang out with friends. Any concert happening in real life can also take place in Ristband.

Offbeat Media
Atlanta, GA

Offbeat Media Group is the entertainment company creating media for the digital generation. Offbeat uses a proven track record for up-and-coming trend-setting on social and digital storytelling with innovative properties to create original content. Offbeat engages a global 1B+ follower network through owned media properties across social media.

Extended Reality & Immersive


Woburn, MA

iQ3Connect’s no-code SaaS platform provides the digital fabric for creating, delivering, and consuming complex 3D immersive applications in the enterprise Metaverse using open standard web browsers. Our mission is to help enterprises become virtual-first, sustainable businesses.

Kosice, Slovakia

Hologram Meetings. Star Wars-like holograms, MATSUKO brings physical presence in remote communication. MATSUKO is a SaaS, like Zoom but in 3D. No avatars, No scanning, No setup. Put on your XR glasses and you see your colleagues next to you in a lifelike way. We target businesses, their remote teams.

Mictic One
Zurich, Switzerland

Mictic AG is a fast-growing startup dedicated to developing innovative user experience in augmented reality. The Zurich based company applies proprietary technology to profoundly change the way people interact with music. Rock, Hip-Hop, EDM, Classical, Jazz: You’ll make REAL music out of thin air without the need of screens or headsets, and while staying in your true environment. Let’s introduce you to the instrument of the 21st Century!

Reality Crisis
Helsinki, Finland

Reality Crisis is an Augmented Reality mobile game development studio. Our mission is to build extraordinary communities where anyone interested in skateboarding from casual fans to icons of the industry can converge in spaces that blur the physical and virtual worlds.

Berlin, Germany

ZAUBAR is taking the metaverse to the streets. We’re a platform for passionate locals to create and make money with immersive urban experiences powered by the best location-based AR tech, our own AI and NFT scavenger hunts. Expert team, 1M+ USD LTM revenue and ready to be AR’s killer app!


Christchurch, New Zealand

oVRcome makes treatment for anxiety disorders such as phobias and social anxiety easier to access using evidence based virtual reality exposure therapy via a smartphone. 80% of people with an anxiety disorder receive no treatment, and our goal is to reduce barriers to accessing treatment using innovative technology.

Summit Technology Laboratory
Irvine, CA

STL is a deep-tech startup with patented technology that automates the precision projection of light, animating any complex surface (e.g. curved walls, domes, non-static surfaces, objects, medical patients) with digital content (data visualizations, 3D video, medical stencils) allowing for immersive shared human interaction and understanding.

Austin, TX

WalkThru combats the silent epidemic of social isolation in older adults through immersive Virtual Reality. At its core, WalkThru is a mobile VR streaming platform licensed to long-term care facilities enabling community operators to offer unique and engaging solutions for their residents.

Future of Work


Chicago, IL

Anthill enables companies to connect with, retain, and grow their employees who don’t sit at a desk. We make it easy to include everyone in HR/Operations systems – if employees know how to text, they know how to use Anthill.

Minatoku, Japan

“The whole society becomes a school”. Our multimodal AI analytics visualizes psychological safety and mental health status in online meetings. It brings continuous improvement to online 1on1 education, coaching and dating. We have 119 patents applied globally. All our team members are kind geniuses comprised of Japanese experts and IITians.

Singapore, Singapore

Lucy is a digital neobank and integrated empowering community toolkit that helps entrepreneurial women become unstoppable. Lucy has been designed from the ground up to provide the tools they need to take control of their financial future, to realise their potential, to grow and thrive.

Singapore, Singapore

Normal is making expert consulting drastically more affordable to 350 million+ small businesses around the world. Their AI-powered platform offers automated, personalized business strategies for a low-cost monthly subscription, focusing on sustainable & socially responsible actions that help small businesses become more profitable and future-proof while creating a positive impact.

Singapore, Singapore

OnLoop is designed to reinvent how hybrid teams are assessed and developed; multi-platform across mobile, web and Slack to accommodate all styles of working. It leverages the very latest in natural language AI (OpenAI’s GPT-3) and behavioral science to help teams drive an impactful loop of fluid and dynamic goals, regular reflection, feedback and learning.


Fort Wayne, IN

Pond is a social impact platform that empowers nonprofit organizations to find and fund the solutions they need to ‘level-up’ their impact. By creating an ecosystem where nonprofit leaders, tech solutions, and service providers connect directly, we’re redirecting money from advertising budgets into the pockets of nonprofits

Atlanta, GA

Unpacking is the world’s leading professional network for diversity, equity, and inclusion. We service individuals and teams with gamified certifications, a collaborative community, and on-going content to reduce turnover and shape healthy cultures for the future of work.

Nashville, TN

Our mission at VODIUM is to empower professionals to be the most effective communicators on video. With its transparent technology, VODIUM allows you to read your remarks while maintaining eye contact while presenting virtually. VODIUM was founded by a diverse, female team at the start of the pandemic. VODIUM.US

Health, Wearables & Wellbeing


Sonavi Labs
Baltimore, MD

Sonavi Labs is on a mission to improve patient outcomes globally by combining the most advanced acoustic technology available with clinically proven diagnostic AI software. Sonavi Labs created Feelix, a telehealth system that features apps and patented hardware embedded with diagnostic software capable of diagnosing and remotely managing respiratory diseases.

Austin, TX

Nephrodite is developing HollyTM, a combined implantable and wearable device that represents a change in the way End-Stage Renal Disease and dialysis care is delivered. Our device will offer mobility and independence to patients enjoying freedom to do as they choose with their time.

NXgenPort Inc
St. Paul MN

NXgenPort Inc is addressing an unmet need in cancer care by remotely monitoring patients between chemotherapy visits with an implanted Smart Port. By measuring cell counts and heart function in vivo, NGP will alert physicians to signs of infection, reduce hospitalizations, and gather important physiological data to improve patient outcomes.

Botanisol Analytics
Boston, MA

We make autonomous disease screening kiosks. Imagine a world in which you can get screened for multiple pathogens simultaneously. That’s the world we are building.

Denver, CO

SmartTab is developing an advanced platform of ingestible capsules for oral drug delivery of biologics and targeted medications. The platform is intended to replace both traditional coated capsules and injections. We’re on a mission to provide novel administration routes and effective therapies that improve patient lives.


Los Angeles, CA

Flaus is a DTC oral beauty brand making it easier for people to look after themselves and the planet with our beautiful, impactful innovations — starting with a revolutionary electric flosser that makes flossing as quick and easy as brushing your teeth. Flaus is a Public Benefit Corporation.

Pluto Health
Durham, NC

Pluto is a multi-functional, automated technology that aggregates electronic health record data within minutes, harmozines it to highly usable levels, identifies gaps in care, and connects patients with care insights and opportunities. Pluto is a mission-focused company, with a fiercely patient-centric ethos and the highest of privacy and security.

Vincere Health
Boston, MA

Vincere Health is a Harvard-founded tech-enabled smoking cessation provider built to address the behavioral health needs of the most vulnerable people in society. We uniquely combine remote monitoring, instant behavioral rewards, centered around a deeply personal one-to-one clinical counseling experience with patients.

Innovative World


Karachi, Pakistan

Solving for fragmentation of trade by connecting sellers to retailers in a B2B marketplace model that also enables access to capital.

Portland, OR

We believe that how we make things matters, using generative design and 3D printing to create a radically new way to make shoes: digitally crafted on-demand only after a customer’s purchase and taken back at end of life for disassembly and reuse. The future of retail is on-demand and zero-waste.

Interstellar Lab
Paris, France

At Interstellar Lab we develop and build controlled-environment modules to grow plants sustainably on Earth and in space. Our first product BioPod is an inflatable pod designed for food production and biodiversity conservation on Earth.

San Juan Capistrano, CA

SAVRpak is a small sachet constructed from plants, engineered to keep food fresh longer, without chemicals. Using the laws of thermodynamics; the patented technology extracts and traps moisture away from food. SAVRpak keeps takeout and delivery fresh/crispy, as well as extending the shelf life of produce.

New York, NY

WearWorks® is a haptic platform company. We build products and experiences that communicate information through touch. Our mission is to reimagine your skin as a new high fidelity communications channel. Wayband®, is a haptic navigation app and a haptic wristband that gently guides you to your destination using only vibration.


3F Waste Recovery
Newfoundland, Canada

At 3F, we leverage clean technologies to compel natural resource primary processors into the circular economy, using market forces, targeting by-product streams in the optimal sequence.

Atlanta, GA

BoxedUp is an on-demand rental marketplace, connecting professional content creators with equipment owners. By aggregating listings from individual owners, local rental shops, and manufacturers, BoxedUp provides owners with a platform to monetize their gear, and content creators the equipment they need, delivered nationwide.

Smart Cities, Transportation & Logistics


Munich, Germany

4.screen develops the digital infrastructure of connected cars. We provide an API-based infrastructure that enables local businesses and global brands to communicate in real-time with cars. Allowing drivers to enjoy frictionless access to the mobility ecosystem, to see relevant content, and to benefit from value-added services such as sponsored charging.

Munich, Germany

HeyCharge delivers highly-scalable, ultra-low-cost electric car charging systems for apartment buildings and more. Their core innovation is a patent-pending system enabling smart charging infrastructure with no internet connection — perfect for underground parking garages!

Los Angeles, CA

Glaza’s software uses the front-facing camera of a device to track where the driver is looking on the screen. When the driver blinks, it registers that as a tap. Eyesight is a natural “cursor” so the software gets rid of the need to use the driver’s fingers and allows the driver to interact with the car’s infotainment system hands-free.

Irvine, CA

JusticeText is building the first centralized infrastructure to store, catalog, analyze, and share video evidence in the criminal justice system. The platform is explicitly designed to improve outcomes for low-income criminal defendants by enabling greater transparency and accountability around police interactions.

Kiro Action
Austin, TX

Kiro Action, a modern refuge that is deployed in 4-hours by 4 people with no special machinery or heavy equipment built to the code of commercial and home applications. The same product can be a backyard office, yoga studio, flex room and shelter the unhoused. Scalable, flat-packed, cost effective and dignified housing.


HOPE Hydration
New York, NY

HOPE Hydration is a water-tech startup deploying smart-city water fountains, pushing cities towards plastic-free and powering next-gen urban technologies.

N5 Sensors
Rockville, MD

N5’s mission is to keep people and communities safe from environmental hazards such as wildfires through a cloud-connected ecosystem of smarter sensors and by leveraging the endless possibilities of shared data and AI.

Vend Park
Boston, MA

Vend is an end-to-end SaaS management and digital wallet that is disrupting the mobility industry starting with parking. Vend replaces inefficient and expensive operations with a fully digital solution that lowers costs and unlocks the true value of parking real-estate.

Social and Culture


Miami, FL

MOGL is a marketplace that connects collegiate athletes and businesses for marketing opportunities in a compliant way in the name, image, and likeness era. MOGL is free to join and democratizes access to athletes for businesses and brands who are looking to build awareness for their products and services.

Quincy, MA

IMMAD-Impairment Marijuana and Driving is company specializing in research and development of products for the responsible use of marijuana. IMMAD-VR is a simple test of peripheral vision using Virtual Reality goggles. If a driver cannot see accurately, they cannot drive safely. IMMAD-VR will save lives.

New York, NY

Sustain.Life is the SaaS platform helping companies across industries measure and reduce their environmental impact. Launched through the 4Sided Venture Studio in 2021, Sustain.Life enables organizations to future-proof themselves by embracing sustainable practices that manage carbon emissions, reduce costs and distinguish them to customers, partners, investors and recruits.

Austin, TX

Pinwheel is striving to create a world where kids will grow up to be masters of technology regulation instead of screen-addicted consumers. We offer parents a smartphone system designed with children’s well-being and development in mind. An early-stage B2C CPG + SaaS company, Pinwheel saw 8x revenue growth in 2021. Today’s parents demand better for their kids, and they’re finding it in Pinwheel.

Washington, DC

Veriphix is a behavioral science-based AI technology for brands and agencies that links the digital, physical and cognitive dimensions. Veriphix uses patent-pending AI to surface specific cognitive triggers (“nudges”) most likely to succeed in achieving population-level cognitive and physical change.


Moosic, PA

Artmatcher was founded to solve structural issues in the art markets, including education, inclusiveness, access, and openness. By creating a user-friendly platform, our machine learning can connect buyers and sellers, enhance communication, and guide users through curated experiences in the physical and online worlds.

College Cash
Ft. Worth, TX

College Cash leverages user generated content for brands and organizations to reduce student loan debt. We do this in a tax deductible way, that allows brands to engage users with the end result being reduction of their student loan debt. In essence we’ve created a solution that allows everyday behavior from posting pictures to gig-economy jobs to be used to help reduce student loan debt.

Vetted Pet Health
Chicago, IL

Going to the vet once a year isn’t enough to keep our pet’s in excellent health. Vetted is an annual membership that solves preventative health for pets in between the annual vet visit. We do this by empowering pet parents from home. Vetted members get three vet-curated kits delivered to their home as well as access to the Vetted mobile app, ensuring the gold standard of care from home (through automated care-task reminders, a digital health log, and access to chat with a pet professional). Vetted is revolutionizing pet care one pet parent at a time.

2022 SXSW Pitch Advisory Board


The individuals listed below were instrumental to the success of the 2022 SXSW Pitch. Their hard work, diligence and support in bringing together the future of the technology industry to our event is greatly appreciated.

Aliya Aaron
Nursing Innovation Hub, Inc.
Miami, FL

Rafat Abushaban
Gaza, Palestine

Nilma Achwal
The Female Founders Lab
Los Angeles, CA

Lydia Aguiar
Amazon Web Services
Washington, DC

Meredith Ahr
Jackson Hole, WY

Cristina Alessi
Curitiba Agency of Development and Innovation
Curitiba, Parana

Amber Allen
Double A Labs
Austin, TX

Karen Allen
Twitch for Musicians
Los Angeles, CA

Javier Altamirano
Minneapolis, MN

Robbi Kathleen Anthony
Euphoria.LGBT Inc.
Austin, TX

Claudia Aparicio
GrowthX – SingularityU Colombia
Bogota. Colombia

Kahlil Ashanti
Mantis XR
Vancouver, Canada

Mevish Aslam
Brimingham, United Kingdom

Kathleen Baireuther
Ford Motor Company – Autonomous Vehicles LLC
Austin, TX

Elyse Ball
Akron, OH

Dave Barcos
North Bank Innovations
Vancouver, WA

Harley Blakeman
Honest Jobs
Denver, CO

Ben Blanquera
Dublin, OH

Marjan Blumberg
Marjan B. Consultancy
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Jan Bormans
European Startup Network
Brussels, Belgium

Tim Brownstone
Reading, England

Leigh-Ann Buchanan
aīre ventures
Miami, FL

Marcus Bullock
Washington, DC

Sarah Burgaud
San Francisco, CA

Shawna Butler
Exponential Medicine
Austin, TX

Bobbie Carlton
Innovation Women
Lexington, MA

Rosario B. Casas
VR Americas & BCPartners Tech
Bogota, Columbia

Niko Chauls
Seattle, WA

Raymond Chin
Wunderman Thompson
Shanghai, Shanghai

Rendi Clark
Boulder Startup Week
Boulder, CO

Bart Collet
Healthskouts & Hyperadvancer
Antwerp, Belgium

Steven Cook
FortuneCMO, LLC
Charleston, SC

Lindsey Cox
The Company Lab
Chattanooga, TN

Darragh Dandurand
DD Production
Philadelphia, PA

Marchondes Moreira De Araujo
Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Brazil (MCTI)
Brasilia, DF

Diego De Biasio
Technoport SA
Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

Ashley DeWalt
Houston, TX

Simone Driessen
Startup Foundation
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Siobhan Dullea
Boston, MA

Tarek El Saad
Toronto, Canada

Craig Elias
Bow Valley College Interpublic Group Medibrands
Calgary, Canada

Ellen Erickson
Global Entrepreneurship Network
Washington, DC

Paola Ferrario
Paola Ferrario
Battle Creek, MI

Pedro Ferreira
Xperience Plus
Frankfurt, Germany

Alvin Foo
Shanghai, China

Nicole Forbes
Austin, TX

Jessica Ford
Anaheim, CA

Devon Fox
PGA Tour
Ponte Vedra, FL

Deneisha Franklin
HubSpot, Black Tech Columbus
Columbus, OH

Kathleen Fritzsche
Kathleen Fritzsche
Berlin, Germany

Kyla Frye
WT Enterprise Center
Amarillo, TX

Tim Fulton
Confluence Consultants
Columbus, OH

Ashley Gentry Yue
Austin, TX

Timmy Ghiurau
Volvo Cars
Gothenburg, Sweden

Gregory Gibson
HBCU Battle of the Brains/HSI Battle of the Brains/Black Sports Business Symposium
Austin, TX

Magdalena Giuria
BRAVA / Universidad Catolica del Uruguay
Montevideo, Uruguay

Jacob Gordon
Brooklyn, NY

Brett Greene
New Tech Northwest
Seattle, WA

Maria Gross
Berlin, Germany

Nate Gross
Doximity & Rock Health
San Francisco, CA

Lorin Hamlin
Under Armour
Baltimore, MD

Raymond Hannes
Seeding Studio
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Norbert Hernann
Berlin Government
Berlin, Germany

Natara Holloway
National Football League
New York, NY

Harvey Hudes
Caliber Corporate Advisers
New York, NY

Jonathan Hursh
San Francisco, CA

Daryl Hyun
EchoScope Inc.
Boston, MA

Jens Ingelstedt
Stockholm, Sweden

Kayla Isabelle
Startup Canada
Ottawa, Canada

Melinda Jacobs
Subatomic / Perkio
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Maxim Jago
Maxim Ltd
London, England

Ashley Jennings
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Cate Johnson
Boulder, CO

Keith Jordan
Dublin, Ireland

Dalia Kamar
Cairo, Egypt

Alex Kovbasko
Sweden Foodtech
Stockholm, Sweden

James Kwan
Jumpstart Media Limited
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Karim Lakhani
Harvard Business School
Cambridge, MA

Brian Lang
Energizing Health
Houston, Tx

Jay Latta
STINT – Strategic Intelligence for New Technologies
Munich, Germany

Sara Ledterman
3+ Ventures
Folsom, CA

Jennifer Lee
San Francisco, CA

Maren Lesche
Vision Health Pioneer Incubator
Berlin, Germany

Ikram Mansori
San Francisco, CA

Luis Martinez
We Tha Plug
San Diego, CA

Martin Martinez
Founder Institute Texas
Austin, TX

Eric Mathews
Start Co.
Memphis, TN

Jean Paul Mau-Asam
New Dutch Wave
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Caitlin McAllister
Workbox Company
Chicago, IL

Mike McCready
Lethbridge College
Alberta, Canada

Elizabeth McGee
Houston, TX

Patrick McHugh
Austin, TX

Jon Mertz
Santa Fe Innovates
Santa Fe, NM

Katie Milligan
Heartland Forward
Bentonville, AR

Vanessa Miranda
Chula Vista, CA

Martin Montero
Startup Champions Network
Mexico City, Mexico

Jessica Moose
Santa Fe Business Incubator
Santa Fe, NM

Violeta Moran
Fundacion Emprender
Manta, Ecuador

Ludek Moravec
Embassy of the Czech Republic
Washington, DC

Alexa-Rae Navarro
Startup San Diego
San Diego, CA

Joshua Ness
New York, NY

Andrew Ngui
Greater Peoria Economic Development Council
Peoria, IL

Aline Noizet
Digital Health Connector
Barcelona, Spain

Christine Ntim
Global Startup Ecosystem
New York, NY

Nadyli Nunez
Pittsburg, PA

Andra Nuta
Berlin, Germany

Emmanuel Nyame
United Nations Foundation
Accra, Ghana

Janice Omadeke
The Mentor Method
Austin, TX

Cagdas Onen
Toronto, Canada

Liisi Org
Startup Estonia
Tallinn, Estonia

Leon Pals
Startup Foundation
Rotterdam, Holland

Mark Paltshon
Redwoods Investment Climate Holding
Melno Park, CA

Kelly Pease
Chicago, IL

Amy Peck
Austin, Tx

Sara Polak
Prague, Czech Republic

Sammy Popat
MAVRIC@University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, MD

Joanna Popper
Hewlett Packard
Los Angeles, CA

Valentina Primo
Startups Without Borders Ltd
Rome, Italy

Varun Ramdevan
Johnson & Johnson Innovation
Cambridge, MA

Alessandro Ravanetti
Barcelona, Spain

Eric Redmond
Portland, OR

Erin Reilly
Texas Immersive Institute
Austin, Tx

Miki Reynolds
Los Angeles, CA

Mike Roberts
Creating Coding Careers
San Diego, CA

Elianne Rodriguez
LIST Ventures
Monrovia, CA

Will Rogers
Imaginable Media
San Francisco, CA

Cinthya Romero
TalentProspect / NovusConcillium
Guadalajara, Mexico

Emily Ross
Inkvine Communication
Ballinam, Ireland

Damian Routley
Founder Factory
London, England

Ghader Sadeghi
Tabriz, Iran

Mark Sanders
Austin Technology Incubator
Austin, TX

David Santana
San Francisco, CA

Paola Santana
Social Glass
San Francisco, CA

Matthew Cohen Santorelli
New York, NY

Joy Schoffler
Distinctive Edge Partners
Austin, TX

Daniel Schutte
The Venture Center
Little Rock, AK

Steve Schwartz
Redmond, WA

Richard Seline
Resilience Innovation Hub & Collaboratory Network
Houston, TX

Elisa Sepulveda
Founder Institute
Austin, TX

Jonty Sharples
London, England

Tayla Sheldrake
Berlin, Germany

Yuan Shi
Creative Destruction Lab
Vancouver, Canada

Tal Shmueli
Startup Nightmares
Tel Aviv, Israel

Alan Smithson
Toronto, Canada

Julie Smithson
Toronto, Canada

Christoph Sollich
The Pitch Doctor
Berlin, Germany

Nathalie Sonne
leAD Sports and Health Tech Partners
Berlin, Germany

Bob Sopko
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH

Erin Stadler
Boomtown Accelerators
Boulder, CO

Sanja Stankovic
Hamburg, Germany

Sarah Stephenson
36 Degrees North
Tulsa, OK

Thomas K.R. Stovall
Intention Mastery
Chicago, Ill

Ryan Sturgill
Gaza Sky Geeks
Gaza, Palestine

Pauly Suchy
Global Entrepreneurship Network
Cleveland, OH

Jennifer Tacheff
Manifest Advisors
San Francisco, CA

Todd Tate
Bully Meow
San Francisco, CA

Cecilia Tham
Futurity Studio
Barcelona, Spain

Frederik Tibau
Brussels, Belgium

Leonie Timmermans
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rick Turoczy
Portland, OR

David Uhlif
Brno, Czech Republic

Lode Uytterschaut
Start it@KBC
Ronse, Belguim

Isaac Vanderburg
Launch Alaska
Anchorage, AK

Heidy Vaquerano
Fox Rothschild LLP
Los Angeles, CA

Pedro Vasconcellos
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Minh Vu
Austin, TX

Lauren Washington
Austin, TX

Michael Weatherby
BDO Canada
Surrey, Canada

Eric Weissmann
Cincinnati, OH

Cecilla Wessinger
Mass Collaboration
Tulsa, OK

Van West
Newport Beach, CA

Sampson Williams
Axes and Eggs
Sunrise, FL

Austin Wilson
Cleveland, OH

Kevin Winston
Digital LA
Los Angeles, CA

Samantha Wolfe
New York, NY

Kat Yalung
Los Angeles, CA

Jason Yim
Los Angeles, CA

Hubert Zajicek
Health Wildcatters
Dallas, TX

Jay Zalowitz
San Francisco, CA

2022 SXSW Pitch Judges


SXSW Pitch relies on hand-picked judges, qualified to determine the viability of a startup based on their demonstrated business and investment experience. The judging process will determine which of the finalists has the most innovative product or service. The following individuals have agreed to contribute their expertise toward the success of the SXSW Pitch event.

Kwame Anku
Blackstar Fund
Sacramento, CA

Lance Armstrong
Next Ventures
Austin, TX

Mike Asem
Chicago, ILL

Brian Brackeen
Lightship Capital
Miami, FL

Reilly Brennan
Trucks Venture Capital
San Francisco, CA

Jim Breyer
Breyer Capital
Austin, TX

Zak Burns
New York, NY

Lisa Burton
Hearst Lab
New York, NY

Heath Bulter
Mercury Fund
Houston, TX

Noramay Cadena
Supply Chain Capital
Los Angeles, CA

Tipatat Chennavasin
The Venture Reality Fund
San Francisco, CA

Bryony Cooper
Arkley Brink VC
Berlin, Germany

Brian Dixon
Kapor Capital
Oakland, CA

Stacy Feld
Johnson and Johnson Innovation
San Francisco, CA

Gail Gannon
WaveEdge Captial
Woodside, CA

Maelle Gavet
Boulder, CO

Marcus Glover
Lockstep Ventures
New York, NY

Marina Hadjipateras
New York, NY

Greg Horowitt
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Monique Idlett
Reign Venture Capital
Miami, FL

Angela Jackson
New Profit
Boston, MA

Mohanjit Jolly
Iron Pillar
Palo Alto, CA

Rob Jonas
P-MRC Data
Los Angeles, CA

Laura Kilcrease
Alberta Innovates
Edmonton, Canada

Kay Koplovitz
Springboard Enterprise
New York, NY

Sarah Kunst
Cleo Capital
San Francisco, CA

Mingu Lee
Cleveland Avenue
Chicago, IL

Marc Lore
Serial Entrepreneur
New York, NY

Akif Malik
Podium VC
San Francisco, CA

Jesse Martinez
Latinx Startup Alliance
Houston, TX

Janneke Niessen
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sean O’Sullivan
Princeton, NJ

Flavio Pripas
Redpoint eventures
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Katherine Rice
GingerBread Capital
Mill Valley, CA

Jessica Robinson
Assembly Ventures
Detriot, MI

Marissa Schlueter
OMERS Ventures
Palo Alto, CA

Deena Shakir
Lux Capital
Palo Alto, CA

Ivo Stivoric
X – The Moonshot Factory
Pittsburgh, PA

Pocket Sun
SoGal Ventures
Vancouver, Canada

Kindra Tatarsky
Touchdown Ventures
San Francisco, CA

Monique Villa
Mucker Capital
Nashville, TN

Martina Welkhoff
WXR Fund
Seattle, WA

Melissa Withers
RevUp Capital
Boston, MA

Jeremy Yap
Angel Investor
San Francisco, CA

2022 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 the 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.


Greg Wright
Hatch Pitch
Head Coach

Mellini Monique Cross
Vocal Culture Garden
Performance Coaching Lead

Mariam Jacob
Hatch Pitch
Video Review Coaching Manager

Sharon Wallace
Executive Coach
Mbira Group
One-on-One Coaching Lead

Joshua Weibling
Hatch Pitch
Coaching Facilitator

Dean Cruse 


Tanya White

Qualifiers and Coaches

Collin Anawaty
First Dollar

Katie Baker

Mikell Becker
Sense-Comm Technology

Kara Bortone
Johnson & Johnson

Mary Brendza
Curated For You

Molly Cain

Keith Casey
Casey Software

Kevin Coker
Proxima Clinical Research

Kyle Cox
ATP Fund

Michael Crider
Byrne Boadle

Liz Deering
Impact Haven

Candice Digby
Austin Design Week

Christine DiPietro
The Company Lab

Sloan Foster
Envisage Associates

McArthur Gill
Swan Bitcoin

Jonathan Ha

Yael Hochberg
Rice University

Jacqueline Hughes
Kauffman Fellows

Amy Hurwitz
Bostin Consulting Group

Kaz Karwowski
Rice University

Teri Kelly

Barbara Kelso
Kelso Consultants

Katina Keynon
Applaudo Studios

Rashmi Kilam
Bouin Captial

Kerty Levy

Paulo Machado
Health Innovation

Monique Maley
Articulate Persuasion

Deborah Mansfield

Cara McCarty

Jake McKee

Robert McKee
Cypress Associates

Rob Austin McKee
University of Houston

Bryan Mcquary

Molly Montgomery
Founder’s Haven

Marc Nathan

Will Neder
CareSet Systems

Jon Nordby
Mass Challenge

Rachelle Oribio

Darryl Peek
Google Cloud

Sofia Pessanha

Mark Phillips
Are You Watching This?!

Isabella Schmitt
Proxima Clinical Research

Glen Simmons

Sarah Spear
Techstars Chapter/RetailMeNot

Kristin Spindler
Concordia University Texas

Mike Steely
SteelRock Ventures

Mark Streich

Val Vacanta

Ashland Viscosi
Creative Meet Business

Adam Weinroth

Chris Westfall
Westfall and Associates

Tanya White

Wen Zhang
INNW Institute

Chen Zhang

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

From 2009-2021, 572 companies participated, with over 82% receiving funding and acquisitions in excess of $14.5 billion.

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

Past Participants Research

Beginning in 2009 under its former name SXSW Accelerator®, the SXSW Pitch event has continued to showcase the most cutting-edge technologies from around the world each March during South by Southwest®.

Of the 572 companies that participated in SXSW Pitch between 2009 and 2020, over 82% received funding, with combined funding in excess of $14.5 billion (does not include undisclosed grants, angel and seed funding).

Additionally, 17% of the 572 companies 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 to include Klout, ICON, Hipmunk, Wildfire, Tubemogul, Siri, Foodspotting, and Tango.


Explore the SXSW Pitch Archive for Winners, Finalists, Judges, Coaches, and more from past seasons.

Past judges have included Tim Draper of DFJ, John Sculley of Apple/Pepsi, Robert F. Smith of Vista Equity Partners, Constantijn van Oranje of Startup Delta, Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media, Paul Graham of Y Combinator, Kay Koplovitz of Springboard Growth Capital/USA Network Co-Founder, Naval Ravikant of AngelList, Guy Kawasaki of Alltop, Cyan Banister of Long Journey Ventures, Werner Vogels of Amazon, Christine Herron of Intel Capital, Whurley,  Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures, Albert Wenger of Union Square Venture, Bob Metcalfe of 3Com/Ethernet Co-Founder, and Laurie Segall with CNN to name a few.

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