Two Weeks Away: Application open for the 2019 SXSW Pitch - Deadline Thursday, November 15, 2018

Two Weeks Away: Application open for the 2019 SXSW Pitch
- Deadline Thursday, November 15, 2018

SXSW Pitch (formally Accelerator) returns for its eleventh year to showcase some of the global startup ecosystem most exciting, innovative and cutting-edge technology! This event provides an outlet for companies to present the latest ideas in Artificial Intelligence, Augmented & Virtual Reality, Blockchain, Enterprise & Smart Data, Entertainment & Content, Health & Wearable, Hyper-Connected Communities, Social & Culture, Sports & Performance Data, Transportation & Delivery to a panel of industry experts, early adopters, and representatives from the Venture Capitalist / Angel community. We invite you to attend this incredible pitch event as we highlight Startup technologies most impressive new innovations. 

We invite your company to join us for this incredible event, as we highlight the technology market’s most impressive new innovations.  The application deadline is Thursday, November 15that 11:59 pm CST., and the event itself will be March 9 & 10th, 2019 in Austin, TX. Please apply SXSW PITCH.  

Application Fee

SXSW Pitch Application Fee $220 

Take advantage of the opportunity to showcase your emerging technology product or service in front of industry leaders by participating in the 2019 SXSW Pitch (Formerly Accelerator).

This event takes place on March 9th and 10th as a part of the SXSW Festival, during which you can improve your product launch, attract venture capitalists, polish your elevator pitch, receive media exposure, build brand awareness, network, socialize and experience all that SXSW Interactive has to offer. The deadline to register is Thursday, November 15that 11:59 pm CST., a few weeks away, so visit SXSW PITCH 

Of the 453 companies who participated in SXSW Pitch between 2009 and 2018, over 71% received funding, with combined funding in excess of almost $5.43 billion (does not include undisclosed grants, angel and seed funding). Of these 453 companies, 16% 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, Hipmunk, Wildfire, Tubemogul, Siri, Foodspotting, and Tango.

Top Tips for Entry Success

  1. Meet the minimum – review the SXSW Pitch Eligibility Criteria
  2. Showcasing a startup that is innovative and disruptive
  3. Share a video – there’s no better way to convey a thorough sense of your project than through a demo video
  4. Showcase what makes you different in the market (i.e. What is your market differentiator? What is unique about your project? Why should people be excited about it?) 
  5. Highlight key members from your team and/or those supporting your startup (Staff, Advisory Board, Board Members, Mentors, Funders, Accelerator and/or Incubator involvement, etc.) 

We invite your company to join us for this incredible event, as we highlight the technology market’s most impressive new innovations.  The application deadline is Thursday, November 15that 11:59 pm CST. and the event itself will be March 9 & 10th, 2019in Austin, TX.   Please apply SXSW PITCH  

Launch date eligibility requirements:

      The company’s product or service must have launched no earlier than March 9, 2017;

      The company’s product or service must not launch after June 9, 2019;

      Each company may only enter one product or service to SXSWPitch;

      A company that enters more than one product or service will not be eligible to participate in SXSWPitch;

      Founders of the company applying must retain some portion of ownership in the company;

      Each applicant is only eligible to present in one of the SXSW family of startup events (SXSW Pitch, SXSW Pitch Release It, SXSW Pitch Launchedu). In contrast, if you have applied for one of these events (other than SXSW Pitch), and were not accepted to participate, then please feel free to apply to SXSW Pitch.

      The Company must not have raised over ten (10) Million Dollars in funding from combined funding sources; and

      The product or service must fall into one of the SXSW Pitch categories.


Applicants must be within one of the ten categories: 

Artificial Intelligence

Technologies related to simulation of intelligent behavior by machines, a machine's capability to improve and perform tasks on its own. These startups seek to address medical diagnosis, remote sensing, electronic trading, transportation, tutoring, speech and visual recognition, and many more on the subject.

Augmented & Virtual Reality

Technologies using augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), robotic automation and other novel visualization technologies, including applications for Cardboard, Oculus Rift, and other emerging offerings from industry giants. These applications may address such uses as gaming, entertainment, data visualization, education, medical care, warfare, transportation, and many more subjects.


Technologies using digital ledgers, decentralized internet, and other distributed applications as ways to structure and share data. These applications may address such uses as a cryptocurrency, supply chain, energy, media, global trade, security, and numerous other industries.

Enterprise & Smart Data

Technologies that facilitate the comprehension and application of informational data through workflows and analytics. These startups seek to improve productivity for businesses and/or individuals by using big data through a number of ways that include (but are not limited to) data collection, management, analysis, presentation, interpretation, security, and augmentation.

Entertainment & Content

Technologies and applications that are reinventing the ways in which we learn, relax and enjoy our time. Examples of included sectors include (but are not limited to) gaming, music, film, television, video, news, and publishing, streaming and digital storytelling, as well as new and hybrid forms of entertainment.

Health & Wearable

Technologies focused on human-centric health applications that connect the “health optimizer” and those with illnesses, their care teams, primary and specialist clinicians, inpatient and outpatient facilities, benefit providers, and corporate wellness programs to share timely, relevant health data and drive better outcomes at affordable and sustainable cost levels.

Hyper-Connected Communities

This category showcases new products, services, and apps that help hyper-connected communities (such as what occurs on-site at SXSW) better navigate and maximize their engagements. In addition to the kind of technologies that thrive in March in Austin, this category is for any creative and innovative app, product or service that does not fit elsewhere in the Accelerator lineup. Examples of technologies that might fit into this category include (but are not limited to) Internet of Things, energy, space, natural resources, agriculture, and robotics.

Social & Culture

Technologies that push the boundaries on how we navigate and interact in life with ourselves, our community, and our world. Examples of such sectors include (but are not limited to) social media, networking, dating, travel & hospitality, food or dining, fashion, the environment, and social good.

Sports & Performance Data

Technologies impacting the before, during, and after in the sports and athletics sector. Whether geared towards novices or elite professionals, innovations in this field include (but are not limited to) the way we experience, prepare for, and participate in sports and outdoor recreation by using hardware or software applications focused on data-centric intelligence, measurement, and other analytical forms.

Transportation & Delivery

Technologies transforming and optimizing the transportation industry on a consumer and enterprise level. These innovations create efficiency in the way we move from point A to point B through (but are not limited to) the connected car, data routing applications, on-demand or ridesharing services, autonomous vehicles, logistics, delivery, and other new disruptive means.

We SXSW announce the Judges before the event? 

Past Judges Include: 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 Founders Fund, Werner Vogels of Amazon, Shervin Pishevar of Sherpa Capital, Christine Herron of Intel Capital, Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures, Albert Wenger of Union Square Venture, Bob Metcalfe of 3Com/Ethernet Co-Founder, and Laurie Segall of CNN to name a few…

Where can I get more Information? 

Visit the SXSW Pitch website at SXSW PITCH