SXSW Announces Finalists for 2019 Pitch Competition

South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festivals has announced the finalists for the 11th annual SXSW Pitch event (formerly SXSW Accelerator), to take place March 9th-10th during the Entrepreneurship & Startup Track at the Downtown Hilton Austin. SXSW reported that 50 startup finalists will compete in each of the 10 technology categories, with one winner selected from each along with an overall “Best in Show” winner. It was revealed:

“To determine category and overall winners, the 50 startup finalists will present their innovations to a panel of expert judges in front of a live audience during SXSW Pitch. Participating judges include industry influencers and entrepreneurs from organizations like Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Samsung NEXT, Barclays and more. The participating startups are gathered from around the globe, with countries of origin including DubaiCanada, the UK, PakistanSingapore, and Japan.”

Speaking about the contest and finalists, SXSW Pitch Event Producer, Chris Valentine, stated:

“We have seen a 42% rise in applicants coming out of last year’s event, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to see such an impressive increase in the value of SXSW Pitch among the tech industry’s most innovative startups. In addition to the creation of the new AI and blockchain categories, we’ve also expanded our advisory board to highlight geographic, gender and racial inclusion –- accelerating our desire to represent the world’s most innovative and successful leaders in all areas of technology.”

The finalists of the 2019 SXSW Pitch are:

  • Artificial Intelligence: Derq; RoadBotics; Sherpa Management Services; Testfire Labs; Vence
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality: BehaviorMe; DigitalTwin Technology GmbH; LinkDyn Robotics Inc., Obsess; StoryUP
  • Blockchain: Bext360; Eggschain, Inc.; Knowbella Tech; Nebula Genomics; SteamChain.io
  • Enterprise and Smart Data: Geospiza, Inc; Molecula; Novo; Osano; TransferFi
  • Entertainment and Content: Acciyo, Inc.; Fantag; Horizon Blockchain Games; Stroly Inc.; Tankee
  • Health and Wearables: Boost Biomes; Lady Technologies, INC.; Pathware; X-Biomedical Inc.; Zibrio
  • Hyper-Connected Communities: Fluidity Technologies; NALA; NODE ECO, Inc; ObjectBox; UbiQD, Inc.
  • Social and Culture: EnrichHER; Every Two Minutes, INC.; New Age Meats; Supportiv; VOLO Group
  • Sports and Performance: Bisecu; CricFlex; Fan Controlled Football League; L2P; Miro
  • Transportation & Delivery: CargoX; Einride; Electristructure Nordic AB; ENSO; Migo
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