Attn Startups! SXSW Accelerator Call For Entries

SXSW Accelerator is the newest music event showcase featuring the web’s most exciting innovations.  With a live audience and a panel of expert judges discovering the most innovative advancements in music technology, SXSW Accelerator has it all. With product demonstrations by the most ambitious and creative new talents, this competition is unlike any other.

This event provides an outlet for companies to present their new music-related technologies and services to a panel of industry experts, early adopters, and representatives from the Venture Capitalist community.  Past examples of panel judges have been Guy Kawasaki, Paul Graham of Y Combinator, Tom Ball of Austin Ventures, Robert Scoble, Chris Sacca, Jeff Pulver of 140 Conference and Tom Conrad of Pandora, just to name a few.

NEW for 2011 is the Music-Related Technologies category. This category pertains to applications and technologies specifically designed for the use of musicians and the music business. These companies seek to advance the creation, distribution and promotion of recorded music, to facilitate licensing and payment for use of recordings, or to aid in the booking, logistics and promotion of live performances.

Company success stories after participating in SXSW Accelerator include:

  • reMail being acquired by Google
  • NutshellMail being acquired by Constant Contact
  • Apple acquiring Sire

Requirements to entry:

  • If the product / service has already launched, rollout must have occurred within one year of the event date, March, 15, 2011.
  • If the product / service has not yet launched, rollout must be scheduled no later than three months after March 15, 2011.

To enter in the MUSIC category, please visit

To enter in the SOCIAL MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, HEALTH, OR NEWS categories, please visit

The application deadline is December 10, 2010.

SXSW Accelerator takes place March 14-16, 2011 at SXSW in Austin. The Music-Related Category competition will be on Wednesday March 16.

For questions, feel free to contact Michelle Murdough at

Posted by Ted • Wednesday, November 10, 2010 .