What are the eligibility requirements for companies applying?

  • The company’s product and/or service must have been conceived no earlier than March 9, 2023.
  • 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 — SXSW Pitch, SXSW Innovative 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 eight (8) million US 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.
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