Competitions

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



Applications open: August 23, 2022


Launch Competition – SXSW EDU 2022 – Photo by Holly Jee

Launch Competition – SXSW EDU 2022 – Photo by Holly Jee

2022 Student Startup Competition Emcee - Sarah Hernholm

Something that i'm really excited about that I've seen at the conference this year is how much the youth voice is being amplified. I want young people around, and I want them in spaces that are usually reserved for adults. And the thing that I love about EDU is that they do that.

Sarah Hernholm
2022 Student Startup Competition Emcee / WIT - Whatever It Takes

2018 Launch Winner - Aarushi Machavarapu

Winning the Student Startup Competition in March 2018 lifted me up and empowered me to continue working and dreaming big.

Aarushi Machavarapu
2018 Student Startup Competition Winner / Threading Twine

2019 Learn by Design - Armando Manalo

The SXSW EDU Learn By Design competition provided an exceptional forum for showcasing our project to a broader community of like-minded peers working at the intersection of education, architecture, and digital media.

Armando Manalo
2019 Learn by Design Finalists / LabVenture

2017 Media - The 74million.org

Few arenas spotlight, critique, or celebrate the newest edtech efforts quite like the South by Southwest Education Conference & Festival. At the center of it all: the live, rapid-fire Launch Competition, which gives new edtech innovators a stage, and platform, to make their best pitch.

The 74million.org

About Competitions

 

SXSW EDU hosts competitions that serve as a vehicle to elevate and honor the work of trailblazers in the space. These competitions are about showcasing fresh ideas and solutions, and ultimately connecting the broader community to those ideas for impact.

Competition hallmarks include a lineup of finalists selected through an application process, as well as emcees, judges, and coaches that are hand-picked for their experience and expertise. Historically, these events have celebrated early-stage startups, the design of physical learning environments, and student entrepreneurs.

Stay tuned for more information later this summer about the 2023 Launch and Student Startup Competitions and how to apply.

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Launch Startup Competition

 

Launch celebrates emerging innovations making an impact on the future of teaching and learning. The fast-paced pitch competition provides an opportunity for early-stage startups to seeking feedback, investment, strategic partnerships, and exposure. Selected finalists will pitch in front of a panel of industry experts and educators, as well as an audience at SXSW EDU 2023.

Companies are encouraged to apply during the application process starting August 23, 2022.

Student Startup Competition

 

The Student Startup Competition supports youth entrepreneurs, serving as a platform for high school students to showcase their business ideas. The competition provides students with a remarkable opportunity to showcase their talents, validate their business ideas, and gain experience. Selected finalists will pitch in front of a panel of judges, as well as an audience at SXSW EDU 2023.

Students with a business idea are encouraged to apply during the application process starting August 23, 2022.

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