Call to Action: Eligible MN Tech Startups, Apply to Participate in SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event


Minnesota startups are highly encouraged to apply to showcase their emerging tech product or service at the 2018 South By Southwest (SXSW) Accelerator Pitch Event. Participation in this event is a unique opportunity to improve your pitch, build product awareness, network, and attract venture capital. The event takes place March 10th-11th in Austin, Texas. The registration deadline is Friday November 10th at 11:59PM CST.

The SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event features fifty tech companies across ten different categories: Augmented & Virtual Reality, Enterprise & Smart Data, Entertainment & Content, Health & Wearable, Hyper-Connected Communities, Payment & FinTech, Security & Privacy, Social & Culture, Sports & Performance Data, and Transportation.

At the event, early stage companies pitch their tech product or service to a live audience and a panel of expert judges. Past judges have included Laurie Segall of CNN, Guy Kawasaki of Alltop, and Tim Draper of DFJ.

This is the tenth annual SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event to showcase early stage technology to industry experts, venture capitalists, and high profile media.

Since the event inception in 2009, 70% of the 403 alumni companies have a combined funding near $4.63B. Sixteen percent of these businesses have been acquired.

To be eligible for participation in the 2018 SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event, the product or service must have launched or be launched between March 10, 2016 and June 10, 2018. Each company can only enter one product or service into the pitch event and cannot have raised over $10M in combined funding.

The SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event is part of the SXSW Startup & Tech Sectors Track Conference taking place March 9th-15th.

SXSW was founded in 1987 to help creatives achieve their goals. SXSW is most noted for their festivals and conferences, which “celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries.”

Eligible Minnesota tech companies are encouraged to apply to participate in the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event to promote their story, raise awareness of their product or service, and help to tell the story of the budding Minnesota entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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