Now in its eleventh year, SXSW Pitch (formerly SXSW Accelerator) showcases the future of emerging and innovative technology. Now accepting applications – startups have the opportunity to connect and compete in front of a live audience, panel of expert judges, venture capitalists, and high-profile media at SXSW 2019 from March 9-10.
From its inaugural year of 23 participants to a total of 453 through 2018, SXSW Pitch is proud to be the catalyst of many dreams and successes. Out of the total participants, 71% received funding and 16% were acquired leading to a grand total in funding of $5.43 billion for SXSW Pitch alumni. Some of our prestigious alums you may know include Klout, Hipmunk, Wildfire, Siri, TubeMogul, Foodspotting, and Tango.
50 companies from 10 different categories will be selected as finalists and invited to present in March as we highlight the technology market’s most impressive, new innovations. Take your startup company to the next level and apply for SXSW Pitch! Early entry applications are now open through Thursday, October 4 ($100 fee). The final deadline period ($220 fee) is October 5 – November 15 at 11:59pm PT.
Before your enter your application, read the SXSW Pitch criteria to see if your company is eligible to apply. The evaluation of each SXSW Pitch application is based on many factors, but the five following criteria are the most important:
- Creativity – Originality of idea
- Potential – Longevity, actualization, and profitability
- Functionality – Usability of interface
- Goodness – How does the product/service impact or improve the world?
- Team – Who is your team and how will they make your company a success?
SXSW Accelerator: Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies Session – Christina Chase, Mohanjit Jolly, Kay Koplovitz, Peng T. Ong – Photo by Marie Ketring
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