Launch celebrates emerging innovations in learning with a fast-paced pitch competition featuring early-stage startups during SXSW EDU.


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About the Launch Competition


The seventh annual Launch competition will take place at SXSW EDU 2018. This exciting event provides a platform for entrepreneurs seeking feedback, investment, strategic partnerships and exposure, to present their early-stage company before a panel of industry experts, early adopters, investors and educators as well as the live SXSW EDU audience.

Ten startups will be selected as finalists to compete in this fast-paced, live event. Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 competition.

Competition Eligibility Requirements

  • Have launched an early-stage startup company in the education market.
  • Be incorporated with a management team and public facing website.
  • Be able to convey a sustainable business model.
  • Be able to demonstrate user traction, engagement and adoption metrics.
  • Must not have raised over $2 million in funds from combined funding sources at time of application.

For frequently asked questions and answers about the competition, please review the Launch FAQ.

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