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Get Ready to PitchTexas at SXSW Startup Village!

2019 SXSW GRADUATE STUDENT STARTUP PITCH COMPETITION 

MARCH 8, 2019

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
APPLICATIONS CLOSE JANUARY 25, 2019
SEMI-FINALISTS NOTIFIED FEBRUARY 1, 2019

 

CALL TO ACTION
The University of Texas at Austin is proud to present the 6th Annual 2019 SXSW PitchTexas Graduate Student Startup Pitch Competition—with a total of $50,000 in prize money (1st prize $35,000, 2nd prize $10,000, 3rd prize $5,000). Please share this opportunity to units within your college/university who have graduate students who may be interested in applying. 
 

THE  COMPETITION
In an opportunity of a lifetime, startups led by graduate students from across the country will compete to win over savvy entrepreneur and venture-capitalist judges for $50,000 in cash prizes, bragging rights, and a chance to impress and inspire the SXSW crowd.

The top 16 PitchTexas applicants will compete in preliminary rounds on March 8, 2019, at Robert B. Rowling Hall on The University of Texas at Austin campus. Later in the day, four finalists will take the stage at Startup Village @SXSW and pitch to a SXSW audience, field tough questions from distinguished judges, and do their best to win SXSW 2019 PitchTexas.
 

APPLY NOW
The portal is open for applications. Applications are due by 5 p.m., January 25, 2019. The top 16 applicants will be notified by 5 p.m. on February 1, 2019. 
 

TEAM CRITERIA

  • For a team to be eligible to compete, at least one current founder who is a current graduate student (two maximum) must be present in Austin for the competition on March 8, 2019, during SXSW. 
  • We accept early-stage ideas from all industry verticals. 
  • Startups with more than $500,000 in previous funding or over $100,000 in monthly recurring revenue will not be considered for this competition.  
     

CASH PRIZES

$50,000 in cash prizes—1st prize $35,000, 2nd prize $10,000, 3rd prize $5,000. Winners will be announced and cash prizes awarded at the end of the competition.
 

RESOURCES
Application
Website
Marketing Resources
SXSW Schedule
Marketing Contact: Trent Segers
Event Hashtag: #PitchTX2019
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The University of Texas at AustinTHANK YOU TO OUR EVENT PARTNERS
McCombs School of Business
Cockrell School of Engineering
Graduate School
 

SPECIAL THANKS TO
Texas McCombs MBA Entrepreneur Society
Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Renewal

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