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The seventh annual SXSW Accelerator startup competition will take place at SXSW Startup Village on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15. A live audience, as well as a panel of expert judges will discover advancements in various sectors of emerging technology. The best part is 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 14, a total of 48 Interactive technology companies will dazzle a live audience, a panel of judges and our emcees with ideas, innovations, products and / or services during Round One of the event. 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 Friday, November 7, 2014 deadline.
On Sunday, March 15, 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. The winners will go on to be honored at the SXSW Accelerator Awards on Sunday evening.
ENTER YOUR PROJECT:
If you are interested in entering your project into the SXSW 2015 Interactive Accelerator startup competition, then click here to read more about the application process.
DEADLINE TO ENTER YOUR PROJECT:
Final deadline to enter SXSW Accelerator 2015 is 11:59 pm CT on Friday, November 7, 2014. Entries are NOT allowed after the Friday, November 7, 2014.
EXTREMELY COMPETITIVE: For 2015, SXSW Accelerator will likely receive more than 500 total entries. Only 48 of those 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!
On Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, the Interactive portion of SXSW Accelerator startup competition is open to Interactive, Gold, and Platinum badge holders. SXSW Film badge holders 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 14 and Sunday, March 15 portion of SXSW Accelerator startup competition occurs within Startup Village at the Hilton Austin Downtown. 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 startup competition, please click here.
2014 ACCELERATOR EMCEES AND JUDGES:
Please see our past Emcees and Judges for SXSW Accelerator which included former Apple CEO John Sculley.
2014 ACCELERATOR ADVISORY BOARD:
We were fortunate enough to have over 70 national and international experts on the 2014 SXSW Accelerator Advisory Board to assist in many aspects of our event.
2014 ACCELERATOR QUALIFYING COMMITTEE, COACHES AND ON-SITE COACHES:
We are grateful to all the regional and national experts serving as part of the SXSW Accelerator Qualifying Committee, Coaches and On-Site Coaches for the 2014 SXSW Accelerator event.
SXSW ACCELERATOR AWARDS CEREMONY:
In 2015, SXSW will 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 15 at the Hilton Austin Downtown. Attendees have a chance to meet the winners and the finalists, plus network with like-minded registrants. Visit this page for complete details on the SXSW Accelerator Awards.
SXSW ACCELERATOR WINNERS
Check out the list of 2014 SXSW Accelerators winners for each category. We are honored to showcase the newest, up and coming talent.
2014 SXSW ACCELERATOR FINALISTS:
Check out last year’s Finalist page to browse the list of amazing startups that showcased their talents at the 2014 SXSW Accelerator event. 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.
ALUMNI OF SXSW ACCELERATOR:
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 that have showcased their product / service at previous SXSW Accelerator events.
For any press inquiries to SXSW Accelerator startup competition, SXSW Startup Village and the SXSW Interactive Festival, please contact Kelly Krause.
SXSW Accelerator has worked with some incredible sponsors throughout the years. Through sponsorship of this competitive startup competition, companies can engage with and raise their profile in the startup community while showing support for emerging talent and creativity. To learn more about these unique sponsorship opportunities, please contact Katie King.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: For more information, questions, comments and suggestions about SXSW Accelerator and other SXSW Startup Village events, please email Chris Valentine.