Each year, SXSW EDU celebrates and honors trailblazers who are doing innovative and creative work through a series of fast-paced competitions.

Photo by Tico Mendoza.

Photo by Tico Mendoza.

About the Competitions


SXSW EDU hosts three distinct competitions, each of which serves as a vehicle to elevate and honor the work of trailblazers in the space.

Launch competition – Celebrates emerging innovations in learning with a fast-paced pitch competition featuring early-stage startups.

Learn by Design competition – Elevates groundbreaking work in the design of physical learning environments and how it impacts pedagogy and learning outcomes.

Student Startup competition – Brings together high school students during SXSW EDU to pitch their entrepreneurial business idea.

Get Involved

Pitch Your Startup

The Launch competition celebrates early-stage education companies seeking feedback, investment, strategic partnerships, and exposure. Apply for consideration, June 25 – November 9.

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Showcase Your Design Project

The Learn by Design competition elevates the design of physical learning spaces with the potential to impact learning outcomes. Apply for consideration, June 25 – November 9.

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Competitions at SXSW EDU

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