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  • Meet our 2018 SXSW Judges

    Andy Stoll

    Senior Program Officer, The Kauffman Foundation

    Siggi Hindrichs

    Investor, Samsung NEXT

    Drew Solomon

    Senior Vice President, Launch KC

    Kimberly Strong

    Angel Investor, Strong Connexion, LLC

    Kira Blackwell

    iTech Program Executive & OCT Innovation Lisason, NASA

    Don Dodge

    Google Capital & Angel Investor

    Lisha Bell

    Angel Investor, Pipeline Angels

    Eric Mathews

    Founder, Start Co.

    Sarah Koch

    VP Social Innovation, Case Foundation

    Andrew Hong

    Investor, Daimler US's M&A Technology & Venture Group

    Alice Turinas

    Angel Investor, Pipeline Angels

    Tarik Sultan

    Founding Partner, Sultan Ventures

    Ashley Bowling

    Founding Member, NextGen Venture Partners

    Andre Fowlkes

    President, Start Co

    Concetta Rand

    Chief Revenue Officer, iFundWomen

    Mateusz Kaliski

    Investor, Rubicon Venture Capital

    Kelly Keenan Trumpbour

    Investor, See Jane Invest, LLC

    Thomas Flake

    Serial Entrepreneur & Investor

    Felecia Hatcher

    Co-Founder of Code Fever & Blacktech Week

    Elizabeth Jennings

    VP of Marketing, Venture Atlas Labs

    Joanne Chen

    Partner, Foundation Capital

    Marissa Lowman

    Education Leader, Village Capital

    Darlene Gillard Jones

    Founder, digitalundivided & Gillard Jones Agency

    Amy Lesnick

    Chief Executive & President, Pledge1%

    Adam Palmer

    Federal Business Development Manager, Startup Arlington

  • Thank you to our 2018 SXSW sponsors & partners

    Each year, we partner with exciting brands and organizations to host a handful of awesome events, showcase top performing startups, offer special deals, and make new connections.


    Interested in getting your brand involved? Click here.

    The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works together with communities in education and entrepreneurship to create uncommon solutions and empower people to shape their futures and be successful. The Kauffman Foundation is based in Kansas City, Missouri, and uses its $2 billion in assets to collaboratively help people be self-sufficient, productive citizens.

    LaunchKC is an economic game-changer in Kansas City, Missouri by supporting start-up businesses, creating jobs, attracting talent, unlocking value and engaging follow-on investors.

    Pledge 1% is a global movement, encouraging companies of all sizes to give back. Just donate 1% of your time, product, equity, and/or profit to any cause of your choice. Join the thousands of companies around the world who have already taken the pledge, and gain access to exclusive resources and a community of like-minded leaders.


    Oh, did we tell you that by taking the pledge, you'll be able to use the Pledge 1% VIP Line at Startup Night SXSW 2018?!

    Startup Arlington is an initiative created to promote Arlington as a technology and startup friendly community on a national level. For a few months each year, Arlington, VA hosts one startup technology company that wants to build its vision in our backyard.

    The Case Foundation, created by digital pioneers Jean and Steve Case, is a diverse and dynamic institution by design. It creates programs and invests in people and organizations that harness the best impulses of entrepreneurship, innovation, technology and collaboration to drive exponential impact.

    Start Co is focused exclusively on B2B software and hardware solutions. It was Memphis’ first accelerator and has helped fund, mentor, and launch over 100 emerging technology companies since 2011.

    American Airlines® has a special offer for TechCo friends & family – companies who enroll in their Business Extra program can earn up to 600 bonus Business Extra points. The program allows your travelers to earn their AAdvantage® miles while collectively earning Business Extra points for the business. Enrollment is free, so take advantage of this special offer.

    digitalundivided - Black & Latinx women founders + their big ideas and high growth companies + training, network, and access to funding = something the startup world has never seen before.

    BlackTech Week is a minority centric ecosystem building festival based in Miami, partnering with founders, corporations, and the community to create a valuable six-day national experience for investors, entrepreneurs, and techies of every kind. Since inception in 2014, they have convened over 2700 participants, 150+ speakers, and 3 pitch competitions. Code Fever, BlackTech Week's parent organization, is an economic development 501c(3) focused on Inclusive Innovation and Competitiveness for highly motivated members and communities of the emerging majority.

    The Global Entrepreneurship Network operates a platform of projects and programs in 170 countries aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business. Its flagship program, Global Entrepreneurship Week, connects 10 million people each November through events, activities and competitions designed to strengthen local and national ecosystems while shaping the next generation of entrepreneurs.

    Pipeline Angels is changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs.

    iFundWomen is on a mission to increase access to capital for female entrepreneurs, empowering women to start and grow better businesses. iFundWomen drives funding to startups and small businesses through a flexible crowdfunding platform with a pay-it-forward model, expert startup coaching, professional video production, and a private community for our entrepreneurs. iFundWomen is changing the business of how businesses launch.

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