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The sixth annual SXSW Accelerator pitch event presented by Oracle took 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 dazzled 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 were 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, 2013 deadline.
On Sunday, March 9, the field of 48 was narrowed down to the top 18 companies -- and those 18 startups returned to present to a new set of co-emcees and judges. At the end of the day on Sunday, those judges selected the grand prize winners for each category. Those winners were honored at the first-ever SXSW Accelerator Awards, which occurred at the Hilton Downtown Austin on Sunday evening (immediately after the pitch competition concluded).
DEADLINE TO ENTER YOUR PROJECT WAS NOVEMBER 10, 2013:
Final deadline to enter SXSW Accelerator 2014 was 11:59 pm CST on Sunday, November 10. Entries are NOT allowed after this Sunday, November 10 deadline. If you are a startup wanting to showcase your creativity to the SXSW community, we strongly encourage you to enter the V2Venture competition at SXSW V2V in Las Vegas. Click here for more information V2Venture. Application deadline for V2Venture is April 11.
2014 SXSW ACCELERATOR FINALISTS:
Check out the Finalist page to browse the list of amazing startups that showcased their talents at SXSW Accelerator on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9. Coming from across the United States and around the world, these finalists represented the best of the best of the best of the more than 500 startups who applied to be part of the 2014 event.
2014 SXSW ACCELERATOR EMCEES AND JUDGES:
Emcees and Judges for the 2014 SXSW Accelerator included former Apple CEO John Sculley. Visit the 2014 Emcees and Judges page for full list of all the industry leaders who took part of the event on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9.
2014 SXSW ACCELERATOR ADVISORY BOARD:
Made up of more than 50 national and international experts, the SXSW Accelerator Advisory Board assists in many aspects of the event!!
2014 SXSW ACCELERATOR QUALIFYING COMMITTEE, COACHES AND ON-SITE COACHES:
Many thanks as well to all the regional and national experts serving as part of the SXSW Accelerator Qualifying Committee, Coaches and On-Site Coaches.
2014 SXSW ACCELERATOR SPONSORS:
Oracle is the presenting sponsor for the 2014 SXSW Accelerator pitch competition. Visit the SXSW Accelerator Sponsor page to learn more about Oracle and the other sponsors for this year's event. For more information on sponsoring SXSW Interactive Accelerator, please contact Katie King.
2014 DATES: MARCH 8 & MARCH 9:
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.
2014 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 at 7:00 pm on Sunday evening, March 9 at the Downtown Austin Hilton, Fourth Floor. Attendees will have a chance to meet the winners and the finalists, plus network with like-minded registrants (all while enjoying some light snacks and beverages). Visit this page for complete details on the SXSW Accelerator Awards
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.