Pitch at SXSW Interactive - entries close Friday

For those travelling to Austin, Texas in March for SXSW 2009, either as part of the Digital Mission or seperately - here's a cracking competition to feast your eyes on.

SXSW is starting a new program this year dubbed Accelerator. It's aimed at up and coming, under-the-radar products and companies who could benefit from the opportunity to present their latest ideas in social networking applications, innovative web based technology services or new audio / video products to a panel of industry experts, early adaptors, and representatives from the VC community. It will culminate with awards for the top products or services in each category.

There are four categories:
  • Online Music-Related Technologies
  • Online Video-Related Technologies
  • Social Networking Applications
  • Innovative Web Technologies

You can enter up to five products/services across the categories as long as:

  • They were either launched since 16th March, 2009
  • They are scheduled for release at some point up to three months after 16th March, 2009

Winners of each category can receive two badges for the 2010 SXSW Interactive event, a write-up in the April issue of SXSWorld magazine, plus additional prizes yet to be announced.

There's a $100 non-refundable application fee, but finalists will receive two passes to the SXSW Interactive Festival and those who do not qualify will be allowed to register for SXSWi at the early bird rate ($375).

The deadline is Friday 16th January, so no time to dawdle!

More info can be found at:


Or you can contact Chris Valentine on +1 512 699-3467 (remembering the time difference!)

Good luck!