Thursday, 16 March 2023

Highlights from Established at SXSW 2023

Highlights from the Established Lounge at SXSW 2023

We were thrilled to make it back to South by Southwest for yet another year of programming events and powering connections that bring innovators together! SXSW23 marked our 12th year hosting startup events at the Austin conference.

We're thankful to all of those who joined us - but if you weren't able to make it down to Austin, we've put together a recap of all of the great programming hosted in the Established Lounge. This year's Lounge was jam-packed with quality content, including live Startup of the Year podcast interviews, our ATX Fast Pitch Competition, Startup, ESOs, & Government Funding Opportunity Sessions, and a lively investor panel discussing the Future of Startup Investing - as well as the greater implications of the recent shutdown of Silicon Valley Bank.

Check out our SXSW Highlights blog post for a full recap of the event!

10 Startups fast pitch at SXSW

At Startup of the Year®, we hold a variety of pitch events throughout the year to provide our startup community with the opportunity to help spread awareness, build their brand, practice their pitch, and connect with investors.

On Sunday, March 12, we invited 10 startups to participate in a live quick-pitch event at the SXSW conference, competing for a coveted Top 100 semifinalist position at our 10th Annual Startup of the Year Summit. This quick-pitch event was unique in that each startup founder gave a 2 minute pitch presentation without the use of a slide deck, and then had a 3 minute opportunity to answer questions from our panel of expert judges.

In this blog post, we spotlight the startups that pitched at the event, as well as offering some quick tips for how to come prepared and make the most out of any pitching & networking event.


If the recent situation with Silicon Valley Bank has caused your startup some financial uncertainty and you're still looking for guidance and need help, our Startup of the Year Community mentors are offering Office Hours to provide support.

If you aren't already a member of the Startup of the Year Community, sign up Today!


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