Hey DFW Startups – Get Your Pitch On at SXSW!

Every year droves of startups and entrepreneurs from the metroplex make their way down to SXSW. This year, there are even more opportunities to turn the trip into a breakout event for your startup.

Here’s a quick rundown on some of the pitch competitions/events that you can apply for:

SXSW ReleaseIT


ReleaseIt will give companies a head start on launching a new product or service at SXSW Interactive. Participants will do a short pitch about of their product in front of a live audience of SXSW Interactive, Gold and Platinum registrants, many of whom will be traditional press and /or heavy social media users. The Friday, March 7 event will include a panel of judges who will help determine which new product is the winner of the ReleaseIt at SXSW event — i.e., which new product they deem will most likely have success. Come be part of this exiting new SXSW venture!


Friday, March 7th

11:00am – 12:00pm and 12:30pm – 1:30pm


Hilton Downtown Hotel Salon A

500 East 4th St, Austin, TX, 78703


Attendees will consist of Journalist, Trend Setters, Opinion Makers, Marketers, Startups, andTechnology Influencers.

Who Can Attend

ReleaseIt at SXSW programming will be open to all SXSW Interactive, Gold, and Platinum registrants on Friday, March 7.

More info – http://sxsw.com/interactive/news/2014/launching-march-2014-then-apply-showcase-your-

Want To Apply? …. Online Application


Contact – Please contact: Maria Alonso at maria@sxsw.com regarding any questions you may have.

Startup Oasis

Powered by Up Global and the Kaufman Foundation, Startup Oasis at SXSW presents a number of opportunities.

Pitch Hour Early Early Stage 

  • For companies that haven’t raised any money
  • Friday March 4th, 4pm
  • Apply here

Pitch Hour Later Stage

  • For companies that have raised $1M+
  • Sunday March 9th, 4pm
  • Apply Here

Of course, there is also the Tech Cocktail Startup Celebration, with Dallas startups Kinesio and Puhsh representing on Saturday, March 8th.

If we missed anything (and we probably did) please feel free to let us know in the comments!


*** UPDATE *** Turns out the deadline for ReleaseIT was last night.. bummer! However, we’ve learned that Trey Bowles, cofounder of The DEC, will be a judge for the event so everyone go check it out and support Trey.

Bradley is the founder of LAUNCH DFW and an avid proponent/supporter of the DFW Startup Community. Bradley is also the founder of Skyrise, a community, communications and concierge platform for commercial office buildings.