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The sixth annual SXSW Accelerator pitch event will take place at SXSW Startup Village on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9. A live audience, as well as a panel of expert judges will discover advancements in various sectors of emerging technology. The best part? Product demonstrations by the most ambitious talents in the world with the most creative new ideas to change it. Catch a glimpse of the industry's future, with a guided tour by our emcees and judges.
How does the competition unfold? On Saturday, March 8, a total of 48 Interactive technology companies will dazzle a live audience, the panel of three judges and co-emcees in Round One with their ideas, innovations, products and / or services. These 48 companies are selected by the SXSW Screening Committee from the hundreds of startups from across the United States and around the world who apply for SXSW Accelerator before the Sunday, November 10 deadline.
On Sunday, March 9, the field of 48 will be narrowed down to the top 18 companies -- and these 18 startups will return to present to a new set of co-emcees and judges. At the end of the day on Sunday, these judges will select the grand prize winners for each category. These winners will be honored at the first-ever SXSW Accelerator Awards, which occurs at the Downtown Austin Hilton on Sunday evening (immediately after the pitch competition concludes).
ENTER YOUR PROJECT:
If you are interested in entering your project into the SXSW 2014 Interactive Accelerator pitch event, then click here to read more about the application process.
DEADLINE TO ENTER YOUR PROJECT IS NOVEMBER 10:
Final deadline to enter SXSW Accelerator 2014 is 11:59 pm CST on Sunday, November 10. Entries are NOT allowed after this Sunday, November 10 deadline.
For 2014, SXSW Accelerator will likely receive more than 500 total entries. Only 48 of these entries will be selected as finalists and invited to present in March in Austin. So, the competition to be part of SXSW Accelerator is extremely tough!!
ACCELERATOR ADVISORY BOARD:
Made up of more than 50 national and international experts, the Accelerator Advisory Board assists in many aspects of the event!!
On Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9, the Interactive portion of SXSW Accelerator pitch event is open to Interactive, Gold, and Platinum badgeholders. SXSW Film badgeholders are allowed entry to Rounds One and Two of the SXSW Accelerator Entertainment and Content Technologies sessions, as well as the SXSW Accelerator Awards Ceremony. To register for SXSW, please click here.
The Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9 portion of SXSW Accelerator pitch event occurs within Startup Village at the Downtown Austin Hilton. If you are in Austin during these dates and have a SXSW Interactive, Gold or SXSW Platinum badge, you are welcome to attend.
For a listing of the Frequently Asked Questions about the SXSW Accelerator pitch event, please click here.
SXSW ACCELERATOR AWARDS CEREMONY:
In 2014, SXSW will introduce a new event to showcase the best of the best of the best SXSW Accelerator entrants. Winning startups from each category will be honored at the SXSW Accelerator Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening, March 9 at the Downtown Austin Hilton, Fourth Floor. Attendees have a chance to meet the winners and the finalists, plus network with like-minded registrants (all while enjoying delicious food and beverages). More information on the SXSW Accelerator Awards will be coming soon.
2013 ACCELERATOR RECAP:
Click here for a complete recap listing of SXSW 2013 Accelerator finalists. Also, please view the following video recordings of the SXSW Accelerator presentations from some of our 2013 finalists: SXSW Interactive Accelerator and SXSW Music Accelerator.
ADDITIONAL SXSW ACCELERATOR ALUMS:
SXSW Accelerator has showcased hundreds of startup companies during its existence, many of which have gone on to achieve great success. Please click here to see a few highlights of some of the great companies who have pitched through the years at SXSW Accelerator.
FILM, TV and MUSIC STARTUPS:
SXSW Film badges are allowed entry to Rounds I and II of the SXSW Accelerator Entertainment and Content Technologies pitch event sessions, as well as the overall SXSW Accelerator Awards Reception. Also, if you have an innovative technology startup that has a focus in the Music, Television and/or Film Industry, then please apply to the SXSW Accelerator event within the Entertainment and Content category. Click here for more information. Film Industry startups should also be involved with SXSW Startup Alley.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
For more information, questions, comments and suggestions about SXSW Accelerator and other SXSW Startup Village events, please click here.
SXSW Accelerator pitch event has worked with some incredible sponsors throughout the years and we are always looking for new sponsor partners to support this event. For more information on sponsoring SXSW Interactive Accelerator contact Katie King.