Scheduled March 8-9, the 2014 Startup Austin track within SXSW Startup Village provides ongoing programming sessions where Austin-based groups will present startup-oriented programming with panels, other programming and pitch events. But before we focus too much on 2014, let's review the past. In March 2013, the second annual Startup Austin track occurred on Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10. Programming at this track showcased the strong startup culture of Central Texas.
One of the best of these Central Texas-focused sessions from SXSW 2013 was "Funded in Austin". Organized by Claire England of Relationships & Information Series for Entrepreneurs (RISE), this panel featured three different startups with three very different goals: semiconductor, internet advertising and film equipment. Each startup shared their stories of the Austin landscape, and why they chose to peruse venture capital, angel investors or crowdfunding. If you missed the session in March, then you can listen to the entire podcast here.
I must also mention our strong partnership with the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce for this Austin-focused startup programming. In 2013, the Chamber graciously allowed SXSW to host all Startup Austin sessions at their Board Room -- this will also be the location of Startup Austin programming for 2014. The intimate space faces Red River and commands a great view of the Capitol Metro MetroRail, one Austin's pride and joys. The Greater Chamber of Commerce is located at 535 E. 5th Street (within the Hilton Downtown) but with their own dedicated elevator that can be reached thought the 5th street entrance.
We will post more great examples of Austin-focus sessions and we hope to entice you to check them out for SXSW 2014. For more information on Startup Austin 2014, please contact Maria.
2013 SXSW Startup Austin programming. Photo by Virgil McCullough.