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We're Back at SXSW!

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South by Southwest is back! After three years of cancellations and hybrid versions, SXSW 2023 returns to its completely in-person origins. And by all accounts, it’s going to be the biggest SXSW yet.

For multiple decades, the SXSW conference in Austin is where tech, movie, and music creatives come together to network and discover the best and brightest in their respective industries. Since 2010, our legendary startup showcase events at SXSW are known to bring together startups, investors, innovation enthusiasts, and entrepreneur support organizations for serendipitous connections and a funky good time.

So, join us as we celebrate our 12th year hosting startup events at SXSW! This Sunday, March 12, swing by The Established® Lounge at SXSW 2023 where we’ve planned a full day of events at Jack’s Upstairs, the second floor at the San Jac Saloon on 6th & San Jacinto.

The day kicks off at 9 AM and continues with back-to-back programming which we’ll cap off with a Happy Hour from 5 - 7 PM! Thanks to our sponsors, we’ve curated special experiences for startups, ecosystem builders, and investors. Check out the full schedule below, and make sure to RSVP!

9 - 10:30 AM | Startup of the Year® Morning Meetup

10:30 - 11:15 AM | Future of Startup Investment Panel

12 - 1 PM | Startup of the Year® Fast-Pitch Competition

2:30 - 3:30 PM | Innovation Ecosystem Gathering

3:30 - 5 PM | Startups, ESOs, and Government Funding Opportunity Sessions

5 - 7 PM | Established® Lounge Happy Hour

Presented by LaunchTN and BoothEasy - and in partnership with America's Seed Fund

LaunchTN empowers Tennessee’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at all stages of company building, from ideation and launch through commercialization and growth. From their capital programs to their statewide Network Partners, mentor networks, and universities, LaunchTN is taking a collaborative approach to serve Tennessee’s entrepreneurs.

BoothEasy is a local Austin Photo Booth Company focused on creating customizable, memorable, and engaging experiences for events.

America's Seed Fund awards $4.2B in non-dilutive funding to startups and small businesses to develop technology and chart a path toward commercialization.

A Startup Showdown at High Noon?

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It’s our pleasure and privilege to feature the startups that are driving the world’s next wave of change, and what better way to spotlight startups than with a pitch event? At noon, the Startup the Year® ATX Fast-Pitch Event will call upon 10 innovative startups to give informal (no slides!) pitches to an esteemed panel of judges and the rest of the Established® Lounge guests. Check out more pitch event details here!

Startup pitch events are a great way for founders to practice delivering their value proposition, find customers and partners, and kick off investment conversations. They’re essential learning events, too: the questions that the judges ask each contestant are sure to provide a “what to expect” insight for other founders as they prepare to seek venture funding.

For the chance to pitch at future events, join our Startup the Year® Community for free!