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Apply for SXSW Accelerator 2016

Take advantage of the opportunity to showcase your emerging technology product or service in front of industry leaders by participating in the SXSW Accelerator 2016.

This event takes place on March 12th and 13th as a part of the SXSWInteractive 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. The deadline to register is Sunday, November 8th at 11:59 pm so visit http://sxsw.com/interactive/accelerator/entry-info today.

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1) Entry Deadline Is Sunday, November 8, 2015

2) Launch date eligibility requirements:

a. A company’s product / service must have launched no earlier than March 12, 2015.

b. A company’s product / service must not be launched after June 12, 2016.

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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Applicants must be within one of the six categories:

  • Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies
    The Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies category encompasses technologies that facilitate the comprehension and application of information and information workflows.
  • Entertainment and Content Technologies
    The Entertainment and Content Technologies category highlights applications and technologies for gaming, music, film, television, video, news and publishing, streaming and digital storytelling, as well as new and hybrid forms of entertainment.

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  • Health and Wearable Technologies
    The Health and Wearable Technologies category focuses on human-centric health applications and technologies that connect the “health optimizer” and those with illnesses, their care teams, primary and specialist clinicians, inpatient and outpatient facilities, benefit providers, and corporate wellness programs to share timely, relevant health data and drive better outcomes at affordable and sustainable cost levels.
  • Innovative World Technologies
    Any creative and innovative technology that does not fit in another category is encouraged to apply here. We are currently seeing lots of innovation in the Internet of Things, privacy, transportation such as autonomous vehicles, energy, space, natural resources, agriculture, and robotics.
  • Payment and FinTech Technologies
    Technologies that deliver new consumer or business payment methods, including new forms of currency; that deal with the extension of credit and other lending processes; equities trading; transaction processing; asset management, insurance and any other functions traditionally provided by banks and investment banks are welcome in this category.
  • Virtual Reality Technologies
    Companies with concepts using VR and other novel visualization technologies, including applications for Cardboard, Oculus Rift, and other emerging offerings from industry giants, are encouraged to apply in this category.

Past Participants

Of the 305 companies who participated in SXSW Accelerator between 2009 and 2015, over 63% received funding, with combined funding in excess of almost $2.613 billion (does not include undisclosed grants, angel and seed funding). Of these 305 companies, 13% have been acquired by the likes of Google, British Telecom, Huffington Post, Apple, Live Nation, OpenTable, Constant Contact, and Harmon. For more information on past alum please visit http://sxsw.com/interactive/accelerator-alums