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Bump your startup: 2011 SXSW Accelerator now open for entries

Jake Mintz of Bump Technologies, a 2010 SXSW Accelerator winner. Photo by Maria Ly via Flickr.

It’s that time of year again! The time of year when conversations and Twitter updates begin to mention South by Southwest, an annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival held in Austin, Texas. Yes, it’s still five months away, but if you’re a young startup, there’s an exciting opportunity you won’t want to miss.

A few months ago, Dusty and I received an invitation to join the advisory board of the SXSW Accelerator presented by Microsoft Bizspark (special thanks to Rick Turoczy of Silicon Florist for the recommendation).

Since then, our role has been to identify other key, regional influencers to participate in helping to shape the March 2011 event.

So today, we want to share information with you around how your startup can apply to highlight your product or service. The event will take place March 14-16, in conjunction with SXSW Interactive. The deadline to register is December 10, just under two months away, so start the registration process today.

(Paul Graham of Y Combinator participated in the 2010 SXSW Accelerator. Photo by Maria Ly via Flickr.)

To learn more about entering your startup, visit sxsw.com/interactive/accelerator/enter. Here are a few important things to note:


  • If the product/service has already launched, rollout must have occurred within one year of the event date, March, 15, 2011.
  • If the product/service has not yet launched, rollout must be scheduled no later than three months after March 15, 2011.


  • Innovative Web Technologies
  • Social Media and Social Networking Technologies
  • Entertainment Technologies
  • Health Technologies
  • News Related Technologies

You can also take a look at the slides from the 2010 SXSW Accelerator finalists at sliderocket.com/sxsw.

Here’s a great wrap-up blog post from the SXSW team about the second day of last year’s accelerator:

Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator at SXSW – Day 2 Recap

Imagine pitching your start up to a panel of VCs and entrepreneurs, and hearing the words: “I buy your proposition” from someone like Paul Graham. Score, major score. Today’s 12 finalists took to the stage again at Round 2 of Microsoft […]

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