Startups! Apply for the 2013 SXSW Music Accelerator and Interactive Accelerator!

SXSW Accelerator returns for its fifth edition to showcase some of the web’s most exciting innovations – could your company be one?

Take advantage of the opportunity to showcase your emerging technology product or service in front of industry leaders by participating in the 2013 SXSW Accelerator. This event takes place on March 11 and 12 as a part of the SXSW Music & Interactive Festival, during which you can improve your product launch, attract venture capitalists, polish your elevator pitch, receive media exposure, build brand awareness, network, socialize and experience all that SXSW has to offer.

This event provides an outlet for companies to present their new online entertainment or gaming products, social media / networking technologies, or mobile, news, music, or health technology to a panel of industry experts, early adopters, and representatives from the angel / VC community. Past judges have included Tim Draper of DFJ, Chris Hughes of Facebook and Jumo, Paul Graham of Y Combinator, Craig Newmark of Craiglist, Robert Scoble of Rackspace and Scobleizer, Jeff Pulver of 140 Conference, Chris Shipley of Demo and Guidewire, and Tom Conrad of Pandora to name a few. We invite your company to join us for this incredible event, as we highlight the technology market’s most impressive new innovations.

The application deadline is Friday, November 9, and the event itself will be March 11-12, 2013 in Austin, TX.

Please apply at:

If you are a music technology company, apply at:

Applicants must be within one of these categories:

Entertainment and Gaming Technologies – This category pertains to applications and technologies for film, music, television, and gaming, as well as new and hybrid forms of entertainment that are reinventing the ways in which we relax, unwind, and have fun

Mobile Technologies – This category pertains to applications and those technologies related to that which allows users to connect by portable devices such as tablets, phones and other connected devices.

Innovative Web Technologies – This category pertains to applications and technologies that have the ambition to change the Web as we know it. Right now we’re seeing lots of innovation in real-time search, augmented reality, the “Web Wide World”, artificial intelligence and the Semantic Web, recommendations technologies, personalization technologies, and “big data”. But that’s just the beginning

Social Technologies – This category pertains to applications and technologies that help people connect. With this category we’re looking for new and interesting uses, cases, as well as technologies that push the boundaries of how we find, follow and share information with others

Health Technologies- This category is about patient-centric health applications and technologies that connect patients, families, physicians, pharmacists, care providers (hospital, clinics) and benefit providers-aka the care team-to share timely, relevant health data and drive better outcomes at affordable and sustainable cost levels.

News Technologies – This category pertains to applications and technologies to support the dissemination of news and information for communities, both on the content side or on the underlying business model side (for example advertising). This could include technologies related to data, text, documents, mapping, engagement, among other areas.

Music-Related Technologies (for the Music Accelerator) – 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.

Launch date eligibility requirements:
A company’s product / service must have launched no earlier than March, 15, 2012.
A company’s product / service must not be launched after June 15, 2013.
Companies will be allowed to submit only one product / services to the SXSW Accelerator event.
Companies who submit more than one product / services will not be eligible to participate in the SXSW Accelerator event.
Founders of the applying startup must retain some portion of ownership in the company to be eligible to participate.
Must not have raised over five million in funds from combined funding sources.

Posted by Ted • Friday, October 26, 2012 .