SXSW Eco Startup Showcase Application

October 10-12, 2016
Austin, TX

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Photo credit: Drinkwell, winner of the Startup Showcase Water category, courtesy of David Weaver.

The SXSW Eco Startup Showcase celebrates the early-stage companies that are set to change the world.

In its fifth year, the event has become a place of discovery for investors, corporations, city and federal government agencies, foundations and media outlets looking for the products and services with the most potential to positively impact society and the environment. Pitching at the event will get you in front of the individuals who have the power to help you take your startup to the next level.

Eight startups per category will be invited to present at the conference. Each company will deliver a 3-minute pitch followed by a 3-minute Q&A session with the judges, who will determine the winner.

Application Deadline Extended to: Monday, June 27 at 11:59pmCST


This international competition is open to startups in the below categories. Applying companies must have less than $5 million in funding at the time of the competition, and founders of the applying startup must retain some portion of ownership in the company.

  • Building
  • Food + Agriculture
  • Energy
  • Global Health
  • Internet of Things + Software
  • Not-for-Profit
  • Social Impact
  • Supply Chain + Product Innovation
  • Transportation
  • Reuse + Recycling
  • Water
  • Other

*Companies will be considered for all categories, regardless of which one they select in the application.

Application Process

The Q&A-style online application addresses the company business plan, product information, target market, and management team, as well as sustainability and social impact. To view the application, click the "Buy Now” button. Please note that there is an application fee assessed at the end of this process, but you can view the application without committing to purchasing.

The Finalists will be selected with the help of the Startup Central Application Review Board, a distinguished group of investors and industry experts from around the globe. Finalists will be announced in early August, and announced later that month.

For more information on the Startup Showcase, including eligibility requirements, timeline and event format, please visit our FAQ page.

Application Deadline Extended to: Monday, June 27 at 11:59pmCST Contact: