Startup Village is the Hub for Entrepreneurs at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival

Photo by Richard Kies

Sessions at the SXSW Interactive Festival cover a multitude of topics ranging from social media, to hacktivism, to health 2.0, to privacy & security, to 21st century transportation models. While this diverse range of panels is very popular with the digital creatives who attend the event, sessions that focus on startups and entrepreneurism have seen an immense spike in attendance in recent years. Hence the addition of Startup Village, which launched at the 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival and has increased in popularity each year since then.

Startup Village consolidates all the entrepreneur-related programming to one venue (the Hilton Austin Downtown, immediately across the street from the Austin Convention Center). Startup Village also serves as home of SXSW Accelerator (the pitch competition that runs Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9), as well as a variety of panels, meet ups, special events, lounges and activations. Bottom line: If you are an entrepreneur, a start-up, an investor or just someone curious about this fascinating ecosystem, then Startup Village is the place for you!

Also, be sure to attend the Startup Austin programming to learn more about the booming entrepreneurial scene in Central Texas.

Startup Village occurs on the Fourth Floor of the Hilton Austin Downtown (500 East 4th Street).

Programming at Startup Village begins on Friday, March 7 and runs through the end of the day on Tuesday, March 11.

Startup Village is open to all SXSW Interactive, Gold and Platinum badgeholders. On Tuesday, March 11, SXSW Music badgeholders can also attend Startup Village programming.

Startup Village consists of panels, solo presentations, the SXSW Accelerator pitch competition, lounges, Startup Spotlight and assorted other activities geared towards entrepreneurs.

A complete list of Startup Village programming can be found here.

The SXSW Startup Spotlight shines a bright light on some of the most innovative new companies at SXSW Startup Village. Participants will demo their product, service or app in the pre-function area of the Hilton Austin Downtown within the Startup Village confines. We have created two different time slots for this event with two different lineups of emerging startups – Friday, March 7 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and Monday, March 10 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

Click here to view the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival Startup Spotlight participants.

ReleaseIt at SXSW opens this year's SXSW Interactive Festival with companies launching a new product or service. Emceed by Trey Bowles, this Friday, March 7 event will include a panel of judges who will help determine which new product is mostly likely to success as the winner of the ReleaseIt event. For more information on who will participate please click here.


On Friday, March 7 join us at the Startup Village for our third annual Ping Pong Tournament. Each company may select two employees to represent them in a single elimination doubles tournament. We'll provide the paddles, balls, and tables; you bring your best ping pong skills and prepare to destroy the competition! Sign up is FREE, but is only open to SXSW Interactive, Gold and Platinum badge holders.

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about SXSW Startup Village.

For inquiries on how you (or your company) can be involved in Startup Village or SXSW Accelerator, please contact Chris Valentine.

For press inquiries related to SXSW Startup Village, please contact Kelly Krause.

SXSW Startup Austin: March 8-11

Scheduled Saturday, March 8 through Tuesday, March 11 at the offices of the Austin Chamber of Commerce (535 E 5th St inside the Hilton Austin Downtown hotel), the SXSW Startup Austin track showcases the innovative Central Texas technology community. Visit the Startup Austin page for complete details on the four days sessions that occur in this track.

Photo of Startup Village 2013 by Richard Kies