2014 SXSW Accelerator: Your Chance to Pitch at SXSW

It’s that time of year again. I am, honored to once again be on the advisory board for the SXSW Accelerator. This is its 6th time around!

Read below for more details, but don’t hesitate to email me with more questions. Also check out the website

What is this: It’s an opportunity to showcase your emerging technology product or service in front of industry leaders. The event takes place March 8th and 9th as a part of the SXSW Interactive Festival, during which you can improve your product launch, attract venture capitalists, polish your elevator pitch, receive media exposure, build brand awareness, network, socialize and experience all that SXSW Interactive has to offer.

WHEN: The deadline to register is Friday, November 8, less than a few months away. Don’t procrastinate though.  Register soon.

Why: Selfishly – I want to see more media focused startups. I’m not saying journalism with a capital-J startups, but media startups. Are you the next Contextly, Contently, Beacon or  Bustle (and that’s just 2 letters of the alphabet!). There is only one way to find out…. try.


Launch date eligibility requirements:

a.      A company’s product / service must have launched no earlier than March 15, 2013.

b.      A company’s product / service must not be launched after June 15, 2014.

c.       Companies will be allowed to submit only one product / services to the SXSW Accelerator event.

d.      Companies who submit more than one product / services will not be eligible to participate in the SXSW Accelerator pitch event.

e.      Founders of the applying startup must retain some portion of ownership in the company to be eligible to participate.

f.       Company must not have raised over five million in funds from combined funding sources.

g.      Product or service must fall within one of the SXSW Accelerator pitch event categories.


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