Rules For Entering Your Startup in SXSW Accelerator 2014

OVERVIEW OF THE ENTRY PROCESS
Startups must apply to be considered for the SXSW Accelerator 2014 pitch competition. Application fee is $200. All applications must be submitted no later by 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 10, 2013. Please read below for application details.

ELIGIBILITY
*A company’s product / service must have launched no earlier than March 15, 2013.
*A company’s product / service must not be launched after June 15, 2014.
*Companies will be allowed to submit only one product / services to the SXSW Accelerator event.
*Companies who submit more than one product / services will not be eligible to participate in the SXSW Accelerator pitch event.
*Founders of the applying startup must retain some portion of ownership in the company to be eligible to participate.
*Must not have raised over five million in funds from combined funding sources.
*Product or service must fall within one of the SXSW Accelerator pitch event categories.

CATEGORIES
For the SXSW Accelerator pitch event, companies must fall within one of the category descriptions listed below:

Enterprise and Big Data Technologies
The Enterprise and Big Data Technologies category encompasses applications and technologies that facilitate comprehension and application of information. These startups seek to improve productivity and management of data, analytics, text, documents, and engagement for business and individual use. On-site judging for the Enterprise and Big Data Technologies category occurs on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9. Winners announced at the new SXSW Accelerator Awards on the evening of Sunday, March 9.

Entertainment and Content Technologies
The Entertainment and Content Technologies category highlights applications and technologies for news and publishing, gaming, music, film, television, video, streaming and digital storytelling, as well as new and hybrid forms of entertainment and news media. These are reinventing the ways in which we learn, relax and enjoy our time. This category also contains technologies that focus on other cultural sectors such as sports, travel, mapping, publishing and food as they pertain to entertainment. On-site judging for the Entertainment and Content Technologies category occurs on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9. Winners announced at the SXSW Accelerator Awards on the new evening event evening of Sunday, March 9.

Health Technologies
The Health Technologies category involves patient-centric health applications and technologies that connect patients, families, physicians, pharmacists, care providers (hospitals, clinics) and benefit providers. These services enable people to share timely, relevant health data and drive better outcomes at affordable and sustainable cost levels. On-site judging for the Health Technologies category occurs on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9. Winners announced at the SXSW Accelerator Awards on the evening of Sunday, March 9.

Social Technologies
The Social Technologies category includes applications and technologies that enable personal connections. With this category we’re looking for new and interesting uses, cases, products and services that push the boundaries of how we find, follow and share our lives with others. If your business or service has a strong social component but is primarily focused on Entertainment, Health or Wearable Technologies, then you should enter that category instead. On-site judging for the Social Technologies category occurs on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9. Winners announced at the SXSW Accelerator Awards on the evening of Sunday, March 9.

Wearable Technologies
The Wearable Technologies category focuses on technology worn on, in, or around the body. As this major technology cycle advances we are seeking all types of wearable products that advance human performance and wellness, as well as those involved in apparel, accessories, fashion and lifestyle. On-site judging for the Wearable Technologies category occurs on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9. Winners announced at the SXSW Accelerator Awards on the evening of Sunday, March 9.

Innovative World Technologies
Any creative and innovative technology that does not fit in another category is encouraged to apply here. We are currently seeing lots of innovation in real-time search, augmented reality, the World Wide Web, sensor, security, space, robotics, artificial intelligence, the Semantic Web, recommendations technologies and personalization technologies. If your business / service / application applies to one of these fields (or something not on this list that is even more ground-breaking), then this is your category. On-site judging for the Innovative World Technologies category occurs on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9. Winners announced at the SXSW Accelerator Awards on the evening of Sunday, March 9.

PLEASE NOTE: SXSW reserves the right to place company applicants in the most relevant category at SXSW's sole discretion. This includes changing an applicant's category based on response to the event and/or the applicant organization choosing a non-relevant category.

FAQ
For a listing of the Frequently Asked Questions about the SXSW Accelerator pitch event, please click here.

CONFIDENTIALITY
All preliminary application information that is submitted is confidential and will be only viewed by SXSW staff and the selected judging panelist.

APPLICATION FEE
A non-refundable $200 entry fee is required from all applicants who would like to be considered for participation in the event. All SXSW Interactive Accelerator entrants will be given the chance to register to attend SXSW Interactive at the lowest early bird rate, if they are not chosen as an SXSW Interactive Accelerator pitch event finalist.

REFUNDS
No refund will be given to any application that has been submitted. If you have any concerns regarding our fees and/or the application process please contact Chris Valentine prior to submitting an application. If you wish to register before being notified by SXSW on your status as an applicant to the SXSW Interactive Accelerator pitch event you will not be eligible for a refund.

MORE QUESTIONS
Have more questions? Read the FAQ or reach out to Chris Valentine about any questions you have regarding the SXSW Accelerator pitch event.

ENTER YOUR PROJECT
To access the online application for SXSW Accelerator, click here