Make Your Startup Shine At The SXSW Accelerator 2013 [Apply Now! Deadline November 9]

As an advisor to the South by Southwest Startup Accelerator Program I’m happy to announce that the application process is open! If you think you’re onto something big, are working on what will become the next Twitter or have just launched the beta of an amazing, then you should grab the stage you deserve… Apply now!

Take advantage of the opportunity to showcase your emerging technology product or service in front of industry leaders by participating in the 2013 SXSW Accelerator. This event takes place on March 11 and 12, 2013, 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.

The deadline to register is Friday, November 9, less than a few months away, so apply now by visiting:

A few FAQ:

Launch date eligibility requirements

  • A company’s product / service must have launched no earlier than March, 15, 2012.
  • A company’s product / service must not be launched after June 15, 2013.
  • Companies will be allowed to submit only one product / services to the SXSW Accelerator event. Companies who submit more than one product / services will not be eligible to participate in the SXSW Accelerator event.
  • Founders of the applying startup must retain some portion of ownership in the company to be eligible to participate.
  • Must not have raised over five million in funds from combined funding sources.

Is there an application fee? 

A non-refundable $200 entry fee is required from all applicants who would like to be considered for participation in the event. All Accelerator entrants will be given the chance to register to attend SXSW Interactive at the lowest early bird rate, if they are not chosen as an Accelerator finalist.

Applicants must be within one of the six categories

  1. Entertainment and Gaming Technologies – This category pertains to applications and technologies for film, music, television, and gaming, as well as new and hybrid forms of entertainment that are reinventing the ways in which we relax, unwind, and have fun
  2. Mobile Technologies – This category pertains to applications and  those technologies related to that which allows users to connect by portable devices such as tablets, phones and other connected devices.
  3. Innovative Web Technologies – This category pertains to applications and technologies that have the ambition to change the Web as we know it. Right now we’re seeing lots of innovation in real-time search, augmented reality, the “Web Wide World”, artificial intelligence and the Semantic Web, recommendations technologies, personalization technologies, and “big data”. But that’s just the beginning
  4. Social Technologies – This category pertains to applications and technologies that help people connect. With this category we’re looking for new and interesting uses, cases, as well as technologies that push the boundaries of how we find, follow and share information with others
  5. Health Technologies – This category is about patient-centric health applications and technologies that connect patients, families, physicians, pharmacists, care providers (hospital, clinics) and benefit providers-aka the care team-to share timely, relevant health data and drive better outcomes at affordable and sustainable cost levels.
  6. News Technologies – This category pertains to applications and technologies to support the dissemination of news and information for communities, both on the content side or on the underlying business model side (for example advertising). This could include technologies related to data, text, documents, mapping, engagement, among other areas.

What is SXSW?

If you’re in the tech world and have never heard about SXSW, well… where have you been? Watch the video below for an idea of what this great event is all about.

Disclaimer: I’m an advisor of the 2013 SXSW Accelerator. I do get a complimentary ticket to participate of SXSW 2013 but I receive no other kind of economic compensation and I don’t have any role in the selection or voting of the finalists. Contact me if you need more information about the competition.