Jan 13 Entry Deadline for SXSW Release It
Over the years, many high-profile startups have launched at SXSW, ranging from Twitter (2007) to Foursquare (2009) to Periscope (2015). Many other slightly-less prolific products, services and apps have also had their coming out party at the event. Why? Because launching at SXSW connects you with first-adopters, media and other trend-setters who can give your exciting new idea a strong blast of momentum immediately out of the gate.
If your new venture is aiming to go live around March 2017, then be sure to enter SXSW Release It. This competition is open to startups who are just beginning their entrepreneurial journey, as well as more established companies that are aiming to debut some kind of new product in Austin in the spring. Deadline for entry for the 2017 competition is end of the day on Friday, January 13. Find out more information about SXSW Release It by visiting this page.
This competition is a relatively new addition to the SXSWeek festivities. Started in March 2014, SXSW Release It provides one more opportunity for startups and established companies to leverage all the many opportunities for higher-visibility that the event has to offer. While many innovative companies have been involved in SXSW Release It in its short lifespan, perhaps the most successful alum is Honest Dollar. This Austin-based financial startup won the competition in March 2015 and was acquired by Goldman Sachs shortly afterwards.
Also remember that Friday, January 13 is the deadline to save $200 on the walkup registration fees for SXSW 2017. Before you purchase your badge, please watch this short video to better understand how we have improved attendee functionality for the coming event. Lastly, plenty of great lodging options are still available via the SXSW Housing Department — use this page to plug in the dates that you will be in Austin and view the openings.
Hugh Forrest tries to write four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts generally cover technology-related trends. When not attempting to wordsmith, he serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW in Austin.