Launch Competition

SXSWedu Launch photo by Diego Donamaria

Update: The Launch application deadline has been extended to Sunday, October 30 at 11:59pm PT.

SXSWedu Launch showcases innovations in education with a fast-paced, live startup competition. The sixth annual launch competition will take place at SXSWedu, March 6-9, 2017 in Austin, Texas.

Early-stage companies seeking feedback, investment, strategic partnerships and exposure are invited to apply online for consideration in the 2017 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.
  • Be passionate about helping students achieve a successful education.


Tuesday, June 28 Launch Application Opens
Sunday, October 30 Launch Application Closes
December Launch Startup Finalists Selected
January Launch Startup Finalists Announced

Judges, Coaches and Emcees

SXSWedu relies on the expertise of a handpicked group of judges, coaches and an emcee. Based on these participants demonstrated business and investment experience they are qualified to help determine the viability of a startup. These experts play a key role in the event and help guide the exciting Launch competition.

For questions or more information about the Launch competition, check out the Launch FAQ or contact

SXSWedu Launch photo by Diego Donamaria