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SXSW Pitch

March 9-10, 2024

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

2024 Winners

SXSW 2024 Pitch Ceremony – Photo by Christopher De La Rosa

About SXSW Pitch


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

The event provides an outlet for early stage startup companies to present their emerging innovative technology across nine categories to a panel of industry technology experts, high-profile media personnel, and venture capitalists/angel investors. We invite you to join us for this incredible pitch event as we highlight startup technologies' most impressive innovations from March 9-10, 2024 at the SXSW 2024 Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas.

SXSW Pitch presented by KPMG
KPMG helps organizations drive innovation and optimize the potential of emerging technologies such as generative AI, blockchain, immersive internet, and more. Our diverse teams of industry professionals ask the right questions, see different perspectives, and uncover insights to bridge the gap between idea and execution. The result? Inspired innovation that works. KPMG firms operate in 143 countries and territories with more than 265,000 partners and employees working in member firms around the world.

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

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2024 Winners


2024 Winners By Category

Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & Voice (San Francisco, CA)

Enterprise & Smart Data (Santa Clara, CA)

Entertainment, Media & Content

OpusClip (Redwood City, CA)

Extended Reality & Web 3

Applix (Austin, TX)

Food, Nutrition, & Health

STMPatch (Storrs, CT)

Future of Work (Oakland, CA)

Innovative World Technologies

Sponsored by Collins Aerospace

Cephable (Boston, MA)

Smart Cities, Transportation & Sustainability

Sponsored by Collins Aerospace

Lotus (San Jose, CA)

Student Startup

Sponsored by The University of Texas at Austin

Paradigm Robotics (Austin, TX)

Special Awards

The winner of the Best Bootstrap Company (the company who has done the most with least): Coordle Inc (Baltimore, MD)

The winner of the Best Speed Pitch: Peadbo (Washington, DC)

The winner of Best Inclusivity: PHIOGEN (Houston, TX)

And the Best in Show winner: OpusClip (Redwood City, CA)

Congratulations to all the winners, participants, and judges from this year’s SXSW Pitch!

2024 SXSW Pitch Schedule

Saturday, March 9

Salon DE - Hilton Hotel (4th floor)

10:00am - 11:00am
Food, Nutrition, & Health

11:30am - 12:30pm
Artificial Intelligence, Voice, & Robotics

2:30pm - 3:30pm
Smart Cities, Transportation & Sustainability

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Enterprise & Smart Data

5:30pm - 6:30pm
Student Startup

Sunday, March 10

Salon DE - Hilton Hotel (4th floor)

10:00am - 11:00am
Extended Reality and Web3

11:30am - 12:30pm
Entertainment, Media & Content

2:30pm - 3:30pm
Innovative World Technologies

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Future of Work

SXSW Pitch Award Ceremony
Salon H - Hilton Hotel (6th floor)

6:30pm - 8:00pm
SXSW Pitch Awards Ceremony

Monday, March 11

SXSW Pitch “Meet the Finalists”
Salon DE - Hilton Hotel (4th floor)

10:30am - 12:30pm

SXSW Pitch Alum Winners Update
Hilton Hotel - Salon F (4th Floor)
10:00am – 11:00am

SXSW Pitch Winners Showcase Panel

Hilton Hotel - Salon F (6th Floor)
2:30pm - 3:30pm

2024 SXSW Pitch Award Ceremony


Sunday, March 10

6:30-8:00PM Hilton Austin Downtown (6th Floor - Salon H)

Meet the world’s top startups that have emerged as the best of the best at 2024 SXSW Pitch. On Sunday after all the pitches have been completed and scores are tallied, we host the SXSW Pitch Awards Ceremony. See winners from all nine SXSW Pitch categories, as well as Best In Show, Best One Minute Speed Pitch, Best Bootstrap, and Best Inclusivity winners.


Arian Simone - SXSW 2024 Pitch Emcee

Arian Simone - CEO Fearless Fund

Arian Simone is an accomplished entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor, best-selling author, and highly sought-after international speaker. Arian serves as the Co-Founder and CEO of the Fearless Fund, a groundbreaking venture capital fund that is the first Venture Capital Fund built for WOC by WOC.

Danny Laudick - SXSW 2024 Pitch Emcee

Danny Laudick - Mayor of Cedar Falls, Iowa

An economic developer turned startup founder & investor, Danny now serves as the full-time Mayor of Cedar Falls, Iowa - a Midwest college town of just over 40,000 people.

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2024 Finalists & Alternates


Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, & Voice


Austin, TX

Autonomize's AI copilots, organizes, contextualizes, and summarizes unstructured data to reduce the administrative burden for healthcare knowledge workers to make data-driven decisions and improve patient outcomes. Autonomize AI is a founding member of CancerX, the US President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot initiative. Our customers include the Top 20 pharma, F100 Payors, and life sciences companies.

Berkeley, CA

Carviz, a multimodal AI application combining video, audio, OCR, and lidar, enables remote vehicle scans - exterior, interior, tires, engine noise, and maintenance documents - in under 5 minutes. Conducted entirely by AI, without human review, we allow dealerships, insurance, and rental agencies to rapidly, accurately and thoroughly assess vehicle condition.
San Francisco, CA helps marketers, and salespeople create hyper-personalized videos at scale to cut through the media noise and increase engagement and conversion. Record just one video and will create a perfectly personalized copy for each customer. We revolutionize video marketing using generative AI: try the best-in-class lip sync and voice cloning!

Tel-Aviv, Israel

MyPart is the new standard of AI Song Search and analysis, redefining how we discover and experience music. It has developed unparalleled comprehension of lyrics, musical composition, production, and sound that enables deep content-based music recommendation through a visually rich, immersive experience for creative professionals and music lovers at large.

Nava AI
Austin, TX

90% of the population growth in the US is expected to come from immigration. Even then, it remains a complex web to navigate. Nava AI is an AI assistant that helps immigrants navigate the complexities of US immigration. In addition, Nava facilitates the visa application process by automating the legal paperwork and collaborating with a network of independent attorneys


Booth AI
San Francisco, CA

AI Product Photography for e-commerce fashion, furniture, and eyewear brands.

Washington, DC

Quiller is an AI copilot that helps Democratic campaigns and social impact organizations draft high quality, effective fundraising content. Winner: AI Efficiency of the Year from AdWeek.

San Francisco, CA

Traverse, a spatial intelligence company, serves enterprise and government clients who need to understand and simulate the physical world. Traverse simplifies the creation and analysis of 3D assets and environments utilizing the latest developments in artificial intelligence and computer vision technology.

Enterprise and Smart Data


Austin, TX

In today's uncertain times, Aiki prioritizes student safety with dynamic two-way communication, connecting occupants and first responders. Our system offers instant lockdown alerts, improves user performance under stress, and creates real-time situational awareness heatmaps. Seamlessly merging tech and empowerment, Aiki saves lives.

Alameda, CA

Diagon is a procurement and project management platform for manufacturing, automation, and test equipment. Diagon helps customers identify relevant equipment products; discover qualified suppliers; and manage complex equipment projects. Diagon saves customers time and money by negotiating favorable commercial terms comparable to a Fortune 500 enterprise.

Revend NV
Antwerp, Belgium

Revend helps eCommerce brands spot and fix conversion blockers in minutes, saving ad spend and avoiding revenue loss.
Santa Clara, CA

Swif is a one-stop AI-powered device management that seamlessly integrates compliance automation into critical facets of device management.

Unified API
Toronto, Canada revolutionizes the $18B integration software market, democratizing SaaS data access with a next-gen Unified API dev platform. The Integration-as-a-Service solution surpasses conventional integration tech, launching integrations 100x faster. is the connective tissue that empowers software companies to build better products and solve bigger challenges.


Seattle, WA

Expanso, leveraging their open-source software Bacalhau, redefines computing. Their distributed computing platform enables users to process data exactly where it is, spanning clouds, zones, and regions - on a global level. This means faster, more cost-effective, and secure operations for anyone handling data.

Kodex AI
Berlin, Germany

Kodex redefines what it means to be a financial professional with genAI. Our platform empowers users to complete analyses in minutes, enabling swift access to information, instant data analysis, and automated report drafting. This transformation boosts productivity, accelerates service times, mitigates risks, and leads to an increased top line.

London, England

Swallow is a pricing operations platform that enables any company to offer personalised and dynamic pricing to their customers. The platform enables companies to easily build a decision and pricing engine that serves pricing via API, supported by governance, testing, and data collection features.

Entertainment, Media and Content


Singapore, Singapore

Furrend is the next-gen web3 consumer app built for 10 billion pet lovers.

San Diego, CA

Displace has made the first truly wireless TV. Displace’s 55" 4K TVs are super lightweight, transportable, use hot-swappable batteries and can be secured to any surface with proprietary active-loop vacuum technology. Displace TVs are controlled primarily with hand gestures to easily browse and play content using proprietary computer vision technology.

Groningen, Netherlands

Naya is dedicated to revolutionizing digital workflows for creative professionals. The Naya ecosystem introduces Create, a multi-award-winning modular keyboard with 4 interchangeable modules for workflows in the audiovisual, 3D, spatial computing realms, and more. Paired seamlessly with Naya Flow, the fully customizable software, it integrates with key creative software.

Redwood City, CA

OpusClip, the premier AI video editing platform, effortlessly turns raw footage into viral content with just one click. Since launching in June 2023, we've captivated over 3 million users worldwide. Our state-of-the-art AI technology serves a variety of genres and enterprise demands, revolutionizing the art of video storytelling.

Des Moines, IA

Upvote creates a trustworthy, scalable means of political communication. We use novel technology to connect voters and politicians to the verifiable information that matters most to them at a fraction of the current cost.


Brooklyn, NY

Recognizing the growing significance of video art in entertainment's future, PerformVu makes it possible to watch a curated collection from the world's leading artists & art museums from the comfort of your home.

Playbook XR
Los Angeles, CA

Playbook is a rapid prototyping tool for spatial design. Going from idea to reality in 3D is an incredibly tedious, fragmented process. It’s prohibitively expensive and resource-heavy to create and share an interactive prototype. Our no-code, AI-native platform makes spatial content creation intuitive and accessible.

Flora Innovations
San Jose, CA

Flora™ is the creator of breakthrough piezo composite materials for audio and haptic applications. Its product Dragonfly™ is the world's first full range piezo speaker.

Extended Reality and Web3


Boulder, CO

Afference is a pioneering technology company at the forefront of the Spatial Computing era and is dedicated to redefining human experiences through artificial sensation. With a relentless commitment to innovation, Afference leverages cutting-edge neuroscience to create a new era of sensory perception.

Austin, TX

Applix: A spell checker for manufacturing defects. We serve Automotive, Industrial & Medical Tech firms worldwide with AR-Xpert, our AR-based automated visual quality inspection app. We deliver innovation through Perception AI, Augmented Reality and Digital Twins. Join us in transforming industries with quality, efficiency, and precision.

Connected Athletics
Round Rock, TX

ConnectED Athletics empowers athletes to forge meaningful connections and form relationships with key influencers to optimize their sports careers, during/after their eligibility. We amplify the strength of their personal brand through cutting-edge AI technology, harnessing the real-world experiences of individuals that they can leverage during their athletic journey.

Valkyrie Industries
London, England

Valkyrie Industries has developed Valkyrie Eir, our patented haptic wearable that allows you to lift virtual weights and feel resistance from motion gestures and control. Used in Virtual and Augmented reality, our sensors connect using Bluetooth technology to deliver sophisticated impulses directly to the user’s muscles.

Seoul, South Korea

Visualsyn pioneers AI-driven metaverse content creation. Our expertise spans AI-powered 3D scanning, conversion, and editing. Glinda AIMI, our comprehensive platform redefines metaverse content production for a seamless and user-centric experience.


Berlin, Germany

We are DAS – Developing Athletics Software. Our vision is to create software products using innovative technology to enhance the learning and performance of athletes and sports teams.DAS is a startup based in Berlin, made up of experts in VR, software, and sports science.

Montreal, Canada

MYTHOLOGI is an interaction design and research studio; we innovate and develop spatial computing solutions that drive human engagement of the future today. In ELYSIUM, we‘ve built a cloud platform for persistent augmented reality worlds. We empower creative innovation for the next evolution of connectivity, play, and social interactivity.

Food, Nutrition, & Health


Newark, NJ

DIA means “day” in Spanish and is the core mission of this female and Latino-founded deep tech venture – to improve human health by enabling key biomarkers to be measured every day, non-invasively, at the point-of-need. Our first product measures cortisol levels - "the stress hormone" – in saliva in 5 minutes.

Houston, TX

PHIOGEN is evolving biotherapeutics to combat the infection crisis. We have developed a world-first biogenetics technology platform that mobilizes the natural power of bacteriophages to tackle critical and life-threatening infections and marks a significant medical breakthrough for countering the global threat of antimicrobial resistance.

Sama Therapeutics, Inc
Cambridge, MA

Sama Therapeutics synthesizes and validates predictive biomarkers grounded in neural, physiological, multi-omics, natural language, and behavioral phenotypes. The company's agile SaaS platform, iMAGiNE™, analyzes the transdiagnostic efficacy of pharmaceutical and neurostimulation modalities through precision clinical trials, causal inference, and generative AI trained on proprietary and open-science datasets.

Taipei, Taiwan

World's first Humanoid Robotics decentralized repository of hubs that capture culinary skills. We optimize AI, robotics, and Sim2Real technologies to reshape the gastronomic experience, empowering chefs and kitchens. Leveraging extensive human chef movements, we aim to be the primary source of humanoid robot data, benefitting the restaurant tech ecosystem.

Storrs, CT

SingleTimeMicroneedles’ mission is to democratize access to lifesaving veterinary and human pharmaceuticals. We have developed a drug/vaccine microneedle delivery platform that eliminates the need for cold-chain storage and transportation and are the only patches that can deliver doses immediately, over-time, or separately over weeks/months in one application.


Magsorbeo Biomedical
Detroit, MI

Magsorbeo is developing next generation bioabsorbable metal implants for bone fixation in trauma and reconstructive surgeries. Magsorbeo's goal is to reduce surgical interventions, improve patient quality of life and outcomes, and reduce healthcare costs by safely eliminating the long-term presence of implants in the body and restoring bone to natural physiology. Magsorbeo's alloy platform is differentiated by its adjustable absorption for optimal performance in a variety of implant applications.

UGenome AI
Green Valley, AZ

UGenome is a product-driven organization offering a progression of bioinformatics services to earn revenue and knowledge about our products with our vision to make genomic medicine personal and accessible for everyone. Our 7 values include learning, empathy, trust, diversity, adaptability, innovation, and excellence.

Future of Work


New York, NY

DIVERSD is accelerating the adoption of inclusive and intersectional AI to empower the Future of Work, and has created a SaaS platform that enables companies to capture missed revenue, drive greater productivity, and decrease operating costs via inclusive proprietary LLMs.

Silver Spring, MD

Escalate is a white-label platform that stops turnover of frontline workers for enterprise companies. We do this by providing asynchronous upskilling and reskilling with automated supports to make sure employees can get to work everyday and increase retention in their current roles by 3x.
Oakland, CA trains students freelance for venture-backed startups. Upon completing our program, students are job-ready and earn $10k+/yr as vetted freelancers on our platform while completing their studies.

Grapefruit Health
Chicago, IL

We are addressing the massive staffing shortage in healthcare by creating the first and only tech-enabled workforce composed completely of local clinical students. We recruit, train, and manage these students to perform work on behalf of healthcare organizations remotely.
Boston, MA democratizes access to leadership development by delivering personalized AI-driven data to every employee in an organization. Rooted in three years of AI and behavior research at MIT, our platform analyzes verbal and non-verbal cues during virtual meetings, providing users with insights into their emotional dynamics and leadership behaviors.


Fem Equity
Baltimore, MD

Fem Equity is an HR tech platform that creates solutions for women and underrepresented professionals going through pay or professional gaps in real-time. We are a double-sided platform that provides these solutions for our women and minority professionals and provides organizations access to a highly qualified diverse pool of young women and minority professionals.

Austin, Texas

Layerpath revolutionizes team efficiency with AI-powered interactive product demos. Our platform enhances self-serve help experiences and boosts software adoption among customers and employees.

Washington, DC

Peadbo (short for Personal Advisory Board) is a platform that allows users to build and manage teams dedicated to their personal or professional growth and create recurring newsletters for their broader network of supporters and advisors.

Innovative World Technologies


Boston, MA

Cephable is a platform that empowers people of all abilities to control technology in new ways with tools like adaptive voice controls, head and face controls, AI automation, and more. Businesses integrate Cephable into their platforms and teams to reach and support more individuals with disabilities while creating new experiences.

Coordle Inc
Baltimore, MD

Coordle simplifies group coordination with our intuitive app and location-aware web platform. Tired of manual labor and disorganized group travel? We're here to change that. Access real-time information, messaging, hosting capacities, and dynamic itineraries, making group movement easy and accessible. Your solution for streamlined coordination.

Monte Caldera Technologies Inc
Miami, FL

Deep-tech scientific company applying disruptive physics to unravel fundamental challenges related to the understanding of material properties at molecular levels. Our solution streamlines traditional R&D by up to 80%, enabling the discovery and improvement of the things we encounter in our daily lives in a better, safer, and faster way.

Skyline Nav AI, Inc.
Cambridge, MA

Skyline Nav AI has created a unique, patented technology using computer vision and 3D LiDAR for navigation without GPS. It's reliable in GPS-obstructed areas, excels in initial positioning and terrain scanning, and is ideal for various applications on land, air, sea and space.

Syracuse, NY

VOTIX is your enterprise drone automation platform. Pioneer hardware-agnostic software platform for fully automated commercial drone operations at scale.


Kansas City, MO

Foresight streamlines lending by reducing processing times from months to minutes with AI-enhanced analysis, ensuring precision and efficiency. With just four pieces of information, Foresight generates verified loan applications instantly, transforming the borrowing experience and setting a new standard in the lending industry.

Phoenix, AZ

Koru redefines strategic partnerships with groundbreaking AI intelligence. As an innovative and cost-effective platform, we facilitate impactful, efficient alliances for companies. Our approach transforms the landscape of corporate collaboration, offering a smarter, more efficient path to partnership success.

New York City, NY

What does it take to fix US Healthcare? Consumers. Healthcare is insulated from consumer demand. Superscript is changing that with Healthcare’s First Pricing Protocol. Finally, consumers can make informed choices about their care. No more surprise costs. No more uncertainty.

Smart Cities, Transportation & Sustainability


BUYO Bioplastics
Hochiminh City, Vietnam

We convert bio-waste into 100% bio-based bioplastics which are fully biodegradable in the natural environment and safe for health. Our product properties are comparable to regular plastics and suitable for various applications with cost competitiveness. We minimize carbon footprints by upcycling waste and bringing them back into the circular economy.

Cremieu, France

Big ag, timber & rubber companies are under increasing regulatory pressure to decouple their supply chains from deforestation. Our behavioral modeling solution not only allows companies to de-risk their supply chains, but to optimize them as well. Put simply: it's deep tech allowing companies to do good & do well.

San Jose, CA

The Lotus Ring is a wearable ring that controls objects at home by pointing. No rewiring, no apps, no internet. At Lotus we build technology that is usable by everybody, by optimizing for disability first.

Pavewise, Inc.
Fargo, ND

Pavewise’s web-based software maximizes productivity and improves project quality, resulting in increased incentives and profits for paving contractors. Variables such as weather, project specifications, and equipment operations impact every paving project. By efficiently managing project variables and integrating paving solutions, Pavewise develops a strategy for success for every paving project. In 2023, Pavewise successfully assisted in managing over $20 million dollars in paving projects across the United States.

ReMo Homes
Gardena, CA

ReMo Homes is a modular manufacturing company that makes net-zero affordable homes using advanced fabrication methods and automation-friendly materials. ReMo's team consists of veterans from the aerospace and semiconductor industries.


Haven Energy
Los Angeles, CA

Haven Energy is a clean tech company that guides homeowners through the selection, quoting, and financing of a home battery system installation, pairing them with qualified electricians to perform the installation. Post-installation, Haven helps homeowners integrate their batteries into an aggregated virtual power plant, which significantly reduces their electricity costs.

Austin, TX

Terralytiq is a pioneering climate tech startup which specializes in comprehensive enterprise decarbonization. Leveraging over 20 years of industry experience, it offers a unique SaaS platform enabling businesses to effectively measure, strategize, and implement actionable decarbonization initiatives, moving beyond mere carbon accounting to achieve tangible environmental impact.

Tikal Industries
Chicago, IL

Tikal is a Chicago-based startup creating a hardtech enabled water management platform to improve operational efficiency and process monitoring, while minimizing water waste. Our platform provides manufacturers and energy producers with actionable insights on water efficiency and quality metrics in real time.

Student Startup


Cleveland, OH

Asclepii is building the next generation of biomaterials for wound care by creating solutions that empower your own body's healing capabilities in a way that is diverse, accessible, globally scalable, and clinically effective. We are leading the revolution for the future of wound care: semi-synthetic therapeutics.

MACH Transit
Austin, TX

MACH Transit is an Austin startup founded to address the US’ lack of adoption of magnetic levitation technology despite its potential in markets beyond public transportation. MACH’s pilot product is a levitating camera vehicle utilizing maglev to actively maintain zero contact with its guideway, enabling the capture of ultra-stable footage at over 200 mph.

Paradigm Robotics
Austin, TX

Paradigm Robotics is an Austin, Texas based robotics startup building advanced and versatile robotic platform solutions to provide mission critical situational awareness for firefighting, disaster response, industrial/manufacturing, and other industries. We help protect the brave in the most hazardous of environments.

Cambridge, MA

Rehydrate adapts NASA's water recovery system technology for its mobile water recycler, offering efficient and sustainable purification solutions. Ideal for military, disaster relief, and remote areas prone to water scarcity, Rehydrate ensures dependable access to clean drinking water in challenging environments.

Tulsa, OK

Every hour, more than two people die from skin cancer in the U.S. alone. Yet, 99% of all skin cancer cases are curable if detected early enough. SkinCheck provides inclusive technologies to triage, monitor, and spot skin cancer early for individuals, clinics, and healthcare providers.


Greensboro, NC

BLKHRZN is a company that is dedicated to supporting and uplifting Black people in the gaming industry to make waves in the professional frontier.

Merge Conflict Studio
Austin, TX

Merge Conflict Studio is a minority-led video game development studio that focuses on centering marginalized perspectives and environmental awareness. We know games can go beyond pure entertainment and can help spread motivation to fight for a more environmentally conscious society.

San Diego, CA

ReliaCare Solutions, Inc. is a technology company that aims to transform pre- and post-operative care for patients and their providers through intuitive, user-friendly, and accessible technological solutions. When no one else is there, ReliaCare is there.

2024 Judges

Chris Alemán
Mendoza Ventures
Boston, MA
Kwame Anku
Black Star Fund
Sacramento, CA
Mike Asem
Chicago, IL
Lisa Burton
Austin, TX
Heath Butler
Houston, TX
Sean Branagan
Syracuse University - Newhouse School
Syracuse, NY
Noramay Cadena
Supply Change Capital
Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Paul Campbell
Brown Venture Group
St. Paul, MN
Becky Center
Chicago, IL
Christina Chase
MIT Sports Lab
Cambridge, MA
Tipatat Chennavasin
The Venture Reality Fund
San Francisco, CA
Vincent Diallo
Interlace Ventures
Oakland, CA
Brian Dixon
Kapor Capital
Oakland, CA
Stacy Feld
Johnson & Johnson
Brisbane, CA
Marcos Fernandez
Fiat Ventures
San Francisco, CA
Gail Christine Gannon
Redwood City, CA
Marcos Gonzalez
Los Angeles, CA
Vishal Gulati
Recode Health Ventures
London, UK
Artur Gushiken
Miami, FL
Arlan Hamilton
Backstage Capital
Los Angeles, CA
Monique Idlett
Reign Ventures
Miami, FL
Mohanjit Jolly
Iron Pillar
Palo Alto, CA
Anil Joshi
Unicorn India Ventures
Mumbai, India
Afshan Khan
Innovation Works
Pittsburgh, PA
Brooke Kiley
VMG Partners
New York, NY
Kay Koplovitz
Springboard Enterprises
New York, NY
Daniel Kraft
NextMed Health
San Francisco, CA
Marcelo Lima
São Paulo, BR
Jesse Martinez
LSA Global - Latinx Startup Alliance
Houston, TX
Michelle Moon
Sorenson Capital
Palo Alto, CA
Janneke Niessen
Amsterdam, NL
Anu Puvvada
Houston, TX
Petri Rajahalme
FOV Ventures
Helsinki, Finland
Katherine Rice
GingerBread Capital
Mill Valley, CA
Jessica Robinson
Assembly Ventures
Detroit, MI
David S. Rose
Rose Tech Ventures
New York, NY
Bryan Stolle
Wildcat Venture Partners
Dallas, TX
Lorenzo Thione
Chicago, IL
Eli Velasquez
Investors of Color
Cambridge, MA
Martina Welkhoff
WXR Fund
Seattle, WA

2024 Categories


Artificial Intelligence, Voice, & Robotics

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

Enterprise & Smart Data

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

Entertainment, Media & Content

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

Extended Reality and Web3

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

Food, Nutrition, & Health

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

Future of Work

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

Innovative World Technologies

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

Smart Cities, Transportation & Sustainability

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

Student Startup

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

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

2024 SXSW Pitch Qualifying and Coaches Committee



Dean Cruse
Maria Tranquilli
Greg Wright
Hatch Pitch

Qualifiers and Coaches

Colin Anawaty
First Dollar
Katie Baker
Elevance Health
Mikell Becker
Sense-Comm Technology
Bart Bohn
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
Kim Evans
Sloan Foster
Ben Gibson
McArthur Gill
Swan Bitcoin
Jonathan Ha
Yael Hochberg
Rice University
Hope Hopkins
Kara Jones
Kaz Karwowski
Rice University
Teri Kelly
Katina Kenyon
Esmaeil Khaksari
Amy MacDougall
Boston Consulting Group
Paulo Machado
Health Innovation
Christopher MacPherson
Tejus Mane
AtmoSpark Technologies
Deborah Mansfield
Jake McKee
Jake McKee Consulting
Rob Austin McKee
Robert McKee
Cypress Associates
James Mensch
Roberto Moctezuma
Swan Bitcoin
Mellini Monique
Vocal Culture Garden
Molly Montgomery
Founder’s Haven
Marc Nathan
Will Neder
CareSet Systems
Jon Nordby
Robert Olivier
Rachelle Oribio
Sofia Pessanha
Mark Phillips
Are You Watching This?!
Scott Ryder
Arjita Sethi
New Founder School
Sarah Spear
Kristin Spindler
Concordia University Texas
Russ Somers
Fourth Envelope Marketing
Mike Steely
SteelRock Ventures
Mark Streich
Anita Tulsiani
Matt Udvari
Aquifer Motion
Forrest Underwood
Evergreen Industries
Val Vacanta
Ashland Viscosi
Creative Meet Business
Josh Weibling
Hatch Pitch
Adam Weinroth
Form Bio
Chris Westfall
Alta Vista Leadership
Tanya White
Elsewhere Partners
Brian Williams
Perspectivity Training & Coaching
Adam Wulf
Ron Yerkes
Wen Zhang
INNW Institute
Chen Zhang
Gabriella Zielke
Back to Space

2024 Advisory Board

Rafat Abushaban
Gaza, Palestine
Nilima Achwal
The Female Founders
Los Angeles, CA
Stephen Adler
Tel Aviv University Canada
Toronto, Canada
Nafish Ahmed
YSpace of York University
Toronto, Canada
Cris Alessi
Curitiba Agency
Curitiba, Brazil
Candice Alger
Creative Media Industries Institute
Atlanta, GA
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
Ife Badejo
Guana Bay, St Maarten
Kory Bailey
UpSurge Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland
Lorna Baird
Olds College of Agriculture and Technology
Alberta, Canada
Kathleen Baireuther
Breakthrough Energy
Austin, TX
Rebekah Bakker
Grand Rapids, MI
Dave Barcos
Vancouver, WA
Ana Barjasic
Connectology: European Innovation Council
London, England
Mehmet Aydın Baytaş
Weatherlight Venture
Gothenburg, Sweden
Ben Blanquera
Dublin, OH
Marjan Blumberg
Marjan B. Consultancy
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amalie Briden
British Phonographic Industry
London, England
Deanna Brown
Austin, TX
Heather Brown
Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance
Las Vegas, NV
Tim Brownstone
Reading, England
Katarina Brud
Gothenburg, Sweden
Leigh-Ann Buchanan
aīre ventures
Miami, FL
Zoe Buonaiuto
University of Arkansas Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Fayetteville, AR
Sarah Burgaud
Oakland, CA
Aprille Busch
NSF Southwest Innovation Corps
Austin, TX
Shawna Butler
Nurse Economist
Austin, TX
Julia Bryd
Branchburg, NJ
Bobbie Carlton
Innovation Women
Lexington, MA
Bobby Carlton
FS Studio
Saratoga Springs, NY
Ian Castillo
Space Pirate Labs
Iowa City, IA
Rosario B Casas
XR Americas & BCPartners Tech
New York, NY
Dana Catron
Arrowhead Center at NMSU
Santa Fe, NM
Gabriella Chihan Stanley
Vienna, Austria
Raymond Chin
Wunderman Thompson
Shanghai, Shanghai
Ashley Coffey
Coffey & Consult
Norman, OK
Mollie Coleman
High Caliber Events
Washington, DC
Bart Collet
Antwerp, Belgium
Daniel Corsen
Willemstad, Curacao
Paulo Costa
Cubo Itau
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Liz Coufal
Austin, TX
Lindsey Cox
Nashville, TN
Buke Cuhadar
Boston, MA
Todd Cullen
Northwestern Mutual
Milwaukee, WI
Jeremy Dalton
Austin, TX
George Damian
Calgary, Canada
Darragh Dandurand
New York, NY
Gijs den Butter
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Izabela Derda
Erasmus University
Leiden, Netherlands
Joyce Deuley
Zpryme Research
San Antonio, TX
Chandra Devam
Wilmington, DE
Espree Devora
WeAreLA Tech
Los Angeles, CA
Simone Driessen
Startup Foundation
Rotterdam, Holland
Robert Drubka
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX
Chloe Duckworth
Valence Vibrations
Los Angeles, CA
Asha Easton
Innovate UK KTN
London, England
Conrad Egusa
Westport, CT
Sofia Ehrich
Santa Monica, CA
Craig Elias
Bow Valley College
Calgary, Canada
Nick Ellingson
Seattle, WA
Richard Entrup
Montvale, NJ
Ellen Erickson
Global Entrepreneurship Network
Arlington, VA
Jessica Fields
NY I-Corps Hub
New York, NY
Jessica Ford
Anaheim, CA
Devon Fox
PGA Tour
Ponte Vedra, FL
Angelo Francisco
Austin TX
Kathleen Fritzsche
Company Name
Berlin, Germany
Tim Fulton
Horizon Two Labs
Columbus, OH
Paula Gamble
Toronto, Canada
Andrea M Garcia
New Mexico Start-Up Factory
Sante Fe, NM
Jennifer Garcia
Latino Business Action Network
San Francisco, CA
Joel Garrison
Transitioning Military
Montclaire, VA
John Gauch
Toronto, Canada
Timmy Ghiurau
Volvo Cars
Gothenburg, Sweden
Margaret Gilmore
Hard G Industries
Los Angeles, CA
Steve Glynn
Experience Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI
Larry Goldberg
Independent Consultant
Acton, MA
Jenni Graff
Early Stage MT
Bozeman, MT
Brett Greene
New Tech Northwest
Seattle, WA
Susan Groeneveld
Calgary, Canada
Nate Gross
San Francisco, CA
Nate Gross
Doximity and Rock Health
San Francisco, CA
Micheal Gutkowski
New York, NY
Lorin Hamlin
Under Armour
Baltimore, MD
Raymond Hannes
Activist Founder
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Bryan Hansen
Janssen Research & Development
Springhouse, PA
Tiffany Henry
Arkansas Capital Corporation
Fayetteville, AK
Norbert Herrmann
Berlin Senate Department for Economic Affairs
Berlin, Germany
Nina Ho
The LaunchPad at UT Austin
Austin, TX
Liz Hubing
Iowa City Area Development Group
Iowa City, IA
Harvey Hudes
Caliber Corporate Advisers
New York, NY
Grace Huefner
Build In SE
Nashville, TN
Ashley Huffman
TITAN Haptics
Mississauga, Canada
Liz Hyman
XR Association
Washington, DC
Melinda Jacobs
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Maxim Jago
Maxim Limited
London, England
Fernando Jardim
351 Portuguese Startup Association
Lisbon, Portugal
Ashley Jennings
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX
Cate Johnson
Arbor Revolutions
Boulder, CO
Yeni Joseph
The Next Web
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dalia Kamar
Cairo, Egypt
Natalia Karbasova
FitTEch Company
Munich, Germany
Gregg Katano
Los Angeles, CA
Duncan Kennedy
Vancouver, Canada
Henna Keranen
Ecosystem builder
Copenhagen, Denmark
Henry Keyser
Iowa State University
Ames, IA
Kevin Kimie
New York, NY
Keith Kirkland
The Haptic 9 Co.
Kansas City, KA
Graham Klemme
Builders + Backers
Iowa City, IA
Kamis Kohansal Vajargah
Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
Vienna, Austria
James Kwan
Jumpstart Media Limited
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Nicholas Lalla
Tulsa Innovation Labs
Tulsa, OK
Jerri LaMirand
Uncharted Learning
Austin, TX
Jules Lancee
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Hannah Lange
North Dakota Development Fund
Fargo, North Dakota
Britta Lange-Stolle
Global Entrepreneurship Centre GmbH Duesseldorf, Germany
Stina Lantz
Ignite Sweden
Stockholm, Sweden
Jay Latta
Munich, Germany
Mark Lawerence
Largo, Maryland
Jennifer Lee
Las Vegas, NV
Maren Lesche
Applied Data Incubator
Berlin, Germany
Molly Levitt
Newport, RI
Garry Lyon
Global Entrepreneurship Network
Durham, NC
Cynthia Maller
San Francisco, CA
Cindy Mallory
American Technology Services
New York, NY
Ikram Mansori
San Francisco, CA
Nathan Marcotte
Grand Farm
Fargo, ND
Diego Mariscal
Washington, DC
Luis Bravo Martinez, MSOL
We Tha Plug
San Diego, CA
Luis Martins
Lisbon, Portugal
Nashom Marx
CVG International Airport
Covington, KY
Eric Mathews
Start Co.
Memphis, TN
Armando Matijevic
San Mateo, CA
Jean-Paul Mau-Asam
New Dutch Wave
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mara McCann
EveryGirl World
New York, NY
Nicole McCarthy
World Business Chicago
Chicago, IL
Deanna Meador
Couture Technologies
Gallatin, TN
Marcos Medeiros
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Alex Meland
Contact CI
Phoenix, AZ
Kurt Merriweather
The Diversity Movement
Durham, NC
Jon Mertz
Santa Fe Innovates
Santa Fe, NM
Zeineb Messaoud
The Dot
Tunis, North Africa
Martin Montero
Tavern XR
Mexico City, Mexico
Jonathan Moore
Seoul, South Korea
Jessica Moose
Santa Fe Business Incubator
Santa Fe, NM
Nuno Moreno
Lisboa, Portugal
Shawn Morris
Fayetteville, AK
Keatra Nesbitt
Austin, TX
Joshua Ness
New York, NY
Doug Newcomb
Automotive News
Hood River, OR
Lexie Newhouse
Boomtown Accelerators
Atlanta, GA
Aline Noizet
Digital Health Connector
Barcelona, Spain
Nadyli Nunez
Pittsburgh, PA
Emmanuel Nyame
Austin, TX
Daniel Oliveira
SKEMA Business School
Nova Lima, Brazil
Cagdas Ogden
Oppense Inc.
Toronto, Canada
Yogesh P
Yoraeta Entrepreneurs Lab
Kamataka, India
Rafael Pagés
Dublin, Ireland
Leon Pals
Progress Foundation
Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland
Amy Peck
San Francisco, CA
Jan Pflueger
Karlsfeld, Bavaria
Danilo Picucci
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Cristina Pimentel
Universal Music Group
Los Angeles, CA
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
Jessica Powell
Full Scale
Kansas City, KS
Trevor Purvis
Houston Astros
Houston, TX
Mariah Ramos
Tampa Bay Wave
Tampa Bay, FL
Eric Renz-Whitmore
Emergent Wave
Albuquerque, NM
Linda Ricci
Virtual World Society
Philadelphia, PA
Lesley Robinson
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX
Steven Rodriguez
Queens, NY
Emily Ross
Dublin, Ireland
Emma Rozada
The Techno Creatives
Gothenburg, Sweden
Stacyann Russel
The Daraja Collective
Los Angeles, CA
Farzin Samadani
curious me
Los Angeles, CA
Matthew Cohen Santorelli
New York, NY
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
Sebastian Serafin
Berlin Business Office
New York, NY
Nigel Sharp
Aguagge Inc.
Tacoma, WA
Jennifer Sharpe
Pittsburgh Robotic Network
Pittsburgh, PA
Jonty Sharples
London, England
Jenny Sheets
Emerging Prairie
Moorhead, MI
Tal Shmueli
Austin, TX
James Shomar
Le Moyne College
Syracuse, NY
Yulia Sion
Tallinn University
Tallinn, Estonia
Stewart Smith
Brooklyn, NY
Tyrone Smith
Go In, LLC
Bowie, MD
Nate Spangle
Indianapolis, IN
Marian Spier
Den Haag, Zuid-Holland
Casandra Strauss
Universal Music Group
London, England
Elizabeth Strickler
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA
Jimmie Strong
The Advisory
Memphis, TN
Zhaina Sultanova
Plug and Play TC
Astana, Kazakhstan
Hunter Sunrise
Portland, OR
Takayuki Suzuki
Tokyo, Japan
Jennifer Tacheff
Manifest Advisors
San Francisco, CA
Irene Tang
Houston, TX
Chams Temtem
Open Startup
Tunis, Tunisia
Todd Terrazas
Los Angeles, CA
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
Phillip Trauer
Valor Capita
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Rick Turoczy
Portland, OR
Jasmine Uniza
VR with Jasmine
San Jose, CA
Pedro Vasconcellos
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Taras Volobuiev
Kyiv, Ukraine
Katherine von Jan
Advisor/Board Member (x-Salesforce)
Pleasantville, NY
Minh Vu
Austin, TX
Thomas Wavering
University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, OK
Michael Weatherby
BDO Canada
Surrey, Canada
David Whelan
Los Angeles, CA
Austin Wilson
Tauon, LLC
Cleveland, OH
Kevin Winston
Digital LA
Los Angeles, CA
Samantha Wolfe
Irvington, NY
Joey Womack
Goodie Nation
Atlanta, GA
Colleen Wong
Endeavor Global
New York, NY
Diana Wright
Greater Des Moines Partnership
Des Moines, IA
Hubert Zajicek
Health Wildcatters
Dallas, TX
Anna Zò
Music Innovation Hub
Milan, Italy

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