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SXSW Pitch

March 9-10, 2025 in Austin, TX


SXSW Pitch returns for its 17th year to showcase some of the global startup ecosystem's most exciting, innovative and cutting-edge technology. SXSW will take place March 7-15, 2025.

SXSW Pitch provides an outlet for companies to present the latest ideas in selected categories to a panel of industry experts, early adopters and Venture Capital / Angel Investor community representatives. The categories for the 2025 SXSW Pitch Competition are:

  • AgTech & Food
  • Enterprise, Smart Data, FinTech, & Future of Work
  • Entertainment, Media, Sports & Content
  • Extended Reality, Web3, Voice & Robotics
  • HealthTech, MedTech, BioTech & Accessibility
  • Innovative World Tech
  • Security, GovTech & Space
  • Smart Cities, Transportation & Sustainability
  • Student Startups

We invite you to this incredible pitch event, where we will highlight startup technology's most impressive new innovations.

SXSW Pitch is a featured startup showcase event with an "open call" for startups applying. By applying to SXSW Pitch, you agree to pay the application fee so that we can process your entry as a potential finalist. Please be aware that we do not refund application fees, including if you have not been selected as a finalist.

SXSW Pitch Eligibility Criteria:

  • The company's product and/or service must have been conceived no earlier than January 1, 2022.
  • Each company may only enter one product or service into SXSW Pitch. A company that enters more than one product or service will not be eligible to participate in SXSW Pitch.
  • Startups are encouraged to apply to multiple SXSW competitions, including SXSW Pitch, SXSW Innovation Awards and SXSW EDU Launch (if you are an education-related startup). But because we want to showcase as many different compelling startups as possible at SXSW, know that your startup will only be selected as a finalist in one of these three competitions.
  • Founders of the company applying must retain some portion of ownership in the company.
  • The Company must not have raised over ten (10) million dollars in funding from combined funding sources.
  • Startups should be legally registered and compliant with all relevant regulations and laws in their respective jurisdictions.
  • The product or service must fall into one of the SXSW Pitch categories.

For questions about eligibility, the selection process, and more, please see the FAQ.