SXSW EDU Launch Application $200

March 9-12, 2020
Austin, TX

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The SXSW EDU Launch competition ("Launch") is an opportunity for early-stage companies seeking market exposure, investment, and strategic partnerships to showcase their innovative products. Selected companies will pitch in front of a panel of industry experts and educators, as well as a live audience at SXSW EDU 2020.

Apply by Friday, November 1, 2019 to have your company considered for Launch occurring at SXSW EDU, March 9-12, 2020 in Austin, Texas.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The SXSW EDU Launch competition is open to early-stage startup companies in the education market.
  • Companies must be incorporated with a management team and public-facing website, able to convey a sustainable business model and able to demonstrate user traction, engagement, and adoption metrics.
  • Companies who have raised over $5 million in funds from combined funding sources at the time of application are ineligible.
  • Each applicant is only eligible to present in one of the SXSW family of startup events (SXSW Pitch, SXSW Release It, or SXSW EDU Launch). In contrast, if you have applied for one of these events and were not accepted to participate, then please feel free to apply to SXSW EDU Launch.

Application Process

Once you begin the application, you can save and continue your work as you go until you decide to submit your completed application, which you can do at a later time up until the application deadline.

Please note there is a $200 fee associated with this application, but you will not be asked to commit to purchasing until you have completed the application and are ready to submit.

Judging Criteria

A panel of judges will decide the winner at the event in March based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity: How original is this product?
  • Potential: What is the longevity, actualization, and profitability of the idea?
  • Functionality: How accessible and effective is this product for its intended users?
  • Team/People: How will your team make your company a success?
  • Impact: What is the product's potential to improve educational outcomes?

Finalists will be selected with the help of the Launch Advisory Committee and invited to present at SXSW EDU 2020.

For additional information on Launch, please visit the FAQ or contact programming@sxswedu.com.


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