"Each year our judges play an integral role in selecting the most innovative startups in each category – and I would say they have an excellent track record, as more than 71 percent of finalists end up receiving funding in excess of $3.1 billion and 14 percent of them are acquired by companies like Google, Apple, and Huffington Post," said SXSW Accelerator Event Producer Chris Valentine. "We are thankful for the great group of judges we have this year, who bring with them business and investment experience key to our ten categories."
Fifty startups are featured during SXSW Accelerator, which includes 25 companies presenting on Saturday, March 11, and 25 companies on Sunday, March 12. The pitch competition will then culminate with the SXSW Accelerator Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening, March 12 at the Hilton Downtown Austin, where one winning startup from each category will be announced and honored.
The 2017 judges include: Phil Libin of General Catalyst, Sherwin Pishevar of Sherpa Capital, Tucker Kain of Los Angeles Dodgers, Richard Garriott of Portalarium, Christine Herron of Intel Capital, Jody Holtzman of AARP, and Nina Kjellson of Canaan Partners.
For a complete list of the 2017 Accelerator judges, visit: https://www.sxsw.com/apply-to-participate/sxsw-accelerator/.
SXSW Accelerator will announce the 50 category finalists on Tuesday, January 24.
The Accelerator is open to Interactive, Film, Music & Platinum badge holders.
To learn more about SXSW's Startup Village, visit: https://www.sxsw.com/conference/startup-village/.
To request press credentials for SXSW, visit http://sxsw.com/press/accreditation before the February 8, 2017 deadline.
SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. SXSW 2017 will take place March 10-19, 2017.
SXSW 2017 is sponsored by Esurance, Mazda, Monster Energy, Bud Light, Capital One, McDonald's, The Austin Chronicle and Sonicbids.
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