Startup Village®: A Place for Entrepreneurs at SXSW Interactive to Thrive

2015 SXSW Startup Village

SXSW Interactive sessions at the SXSW Interactive Festival covers 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. Due to the success of Startup Village programming, sessions with a startup focus have expanded to occupy both the fourth and sixth floors of the Hilton Downtown Austin for the 2015 event.

Startup Village, which launched at the 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival, consolidates all of the entrepreneur-related programming into one venue, the Hilton Downtown Austin, which is immediately across the street from the Austin Convention Center. Startup Village is also the home of SXSW Accelerator, which is the startup competition that runs Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, as well as a variety of Panels, Meet Ups, Special events, Lounges, and Activations.

Bottom line: If you are an entrepreneur, a startup, 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 4th and 6th floors of the Hilton Downtown Austin (500 East 4th Street).

Friday, March 13 through Tuesday, March 17

Startup Village is open to all SXSW Interactive, Gold and Platinum badgeholders.
On Convergence Day, Tuesday, March 17, SXSW Music badgeholders can also attend Startup Village programming.

Startup Village consists of Panels, Meet Ups, Competitions, Lounges and is home of the SXSW Accelerator startup competition, Startup Spotlight – all activities geared towards entrepreneurs and startups.

Check out the complete program for Startup Village here.


The seventh annual SXSW Accelerator startup competition presented by Oracle 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 Startup Spotlight shines a light on some of the most innovative new companies at SXSW Startup Village. Participants will demo their product, service or app in Salon C of the Hilton Downtown Austin. There are two different time slots for this event with two different lineups of emerging startups – Friday, March 13 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm and Monday, March 16 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

Click here to view the 2015 SXSW Interactive Festival Startup Spotlight participants.


ReleaseIt at SXSW will take place Friday, March 13 . The event is designed to be a platform for companies to launch their new and innovative product or service during SXSW Interactive. A panel of judges comprised of technology industry experts, venture capitalists and high profile media will select the product or service most likely to succeed in the marketplace.


On Friday, March 13 join us at the Startup Village for our annual Ping Pong Tournament. To participate in the tournament, startup companies should select two employees to compete in a single elimination doubles tournament. We will provide the paddles, balls and tables – you provide the enthusiasm. Sign up is FREE, but is only open to SXSW Interactive, Gold, and Platinum badgeholders.

SXSW Music Startup Village also takes place in the Hilton Downtown Austin and brings together the startups, entrepreneurs, investors, and cutting-edge digital tastemakers from both the SXSW Music and SXSW Interactive festivals. SXSW Music badgeholders can attend this program on Tuesday, March 17. For more info, go here.

Scheduled Friday, March 13 through Tuesday, March 17 at the Hilton Downtown Austin, the SXSW Startup Austin track showcases the innovative Austin-technology community. Visit the Startup Austin page for complete details.

SXSW Film badges are allowed entry to rounds one and two of the SXSW Accelerator Entertainment and Content Technologies startup competition, 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. Find out more information here.

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION: For inquiries on how you (or your company) can be involved in Startup Village or SXSW Accelerator, please contact Startup Village.

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

Photo of Startup Village by Richard Kies