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.

2023 SXSW Pitch – Innovative World Technologies – Photo by Kimmi Cranes

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 companies to present the latest ideas across eight categories to a panel of industry experts, early adopters, and representatives from the investment community. 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.

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, Student Startup.

For SXSW Pitch inquiries, please contact and send press inquiries to

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2024 SXSW Pitch Schedule

Saturday, March 9

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

Sunday, March 10

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 Timeline

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

Monday, March 11

SXSW Pitch “Meet the Startups”

10:30am - 12:30pm
SXSW Pitch Showcase

Discover What's Next at SXSW Pitch 2024

SXSW Pitch has been supporting innovative ideas and driving deals for early-stage startups for 16 years.

Explore this year's 8 Categories and submit your application by November 12, 2023 for the chance to join the ranks of alumni greats!

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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

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

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

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 Applications


SXSW Pitch is a featured startup showcase event that has an open call for startups to apply for the chance to participate at SXSW each March. Explore SXSW Pitch 2024 deadlines, criteria, and categories before you submit your application.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The company’s product and/or service must have been conceived no earlier than March 9, 2022.
  • Each company may only enter one product or service into SXSW Pitch. A company that enters more than one product or service will not be eligible to participate in SXSW Pitch.
  • Startups are encouraged to apply to multiple SXSW competitions, including SXSW Pitch, SXSW Innovation Awards and SXSW EDU Launch (if you are an education-related startup). But because we want to showcase as many different compelling startups as possible at SXSW, know that your startup will only be selected as a finalist in one of these three competitions.
  • 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.
  • Startups should be legally registered and compliant with all relevant regulations and laws in their respective jurisdictions.
  • 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.

2024 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 2024 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.

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
Miami, FL
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
Rosaria B Casas
XR Americas & BCPartner 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
Internet of Senses Institute
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

2024 SXSW Pitch Qualifying and Coaches Committee



Dean Cruse
Maria Tranquilli
Greg Wright

Qualifiers and Coaches

Collin Anawaty
First Dollar
Mikell Becker
Sense-Comm Technology
Bart Bohn
Mary Brendza
Curated For You
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
Teri Kelly
Esmaeil Khaksari
Amy MacDougall
Boston Consulting Group
Christopher MacPherson
Jake McKee
Jake McKee Consulting
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
Mark Phillips
Are You Watching This?!
Scott Ryder
Sarah Spear
Kristin Spindler
Concordia University Texas
Russ Somers
Fourth Envelope Marketing
Mark Streich
Anita Tulsiani
Matt Udvari
Aquifer Motion
Forrest Underwood
Evergreen Industries
Val Vacanta
Ashland Viscosi
Creative Meet Business
Adam Weinroth
Form Bio
Tanya White
Elsewhere Partners
Wen Zhang
INNW Institute
Chen Zhang
Gabriella Zielke
Back to Space

2023 Winners


2023 Winners By Category

Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & Voice: Reality Defender (New York, NY)

Enterprise & Smart Data: Climatiq (Berlin, Germany)

Entertainment, Media & Content: PentoPix (London, UK)

Food, Nutrition & Health: General Prognostics GPx (Boston, MA)

Future of Work: Reach Pathways (Chicago, IL)

Innovative World Technologies: SXD Ai (New York, NY)

Metaverse & Web3: Numbers Protocol (Taipei, Taiwan)

Smart Cities, Transportation & Logistics: Urban Machine (Oakland, CA)

2023 Special Award Winners

"Best In Show" | Entertainment, Media & Content: PentoPix (London, UK)

"Best Boostrap Company" | AMA — Environmental Agents (Curitiba, Brazil)

“Best Speed Pitch” | LeadrPro (Los Angeles, CA)

“Best In DEI” | CreditRich (Washington, DC)

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 647 companies that participated in SXSW Pitch between 2009 and 2023, over 93% received funding, with combined funding over almost $23.2 billion (does not include undisclosed grants, angel and seed funding). Of these 647 companies, 17% have been acquired by Google, British Telecom, Huffington Post, Apple, Live Nation, OpenTable, Meta, Michelin, Constant Contact, and Harmon. Some of our prestigious alums you may know include Klout, ICON, Hipmunk, Wildfire, Tubemogul, Siri, Foodspotting, and Tango.

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