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


Photo by Holly Jee.

Photo by Holly Jee.

2019 Media - EdSurge

The annual tradition dates back to 2012, and features early-stage companies showing off the latest efforts to solve intractable problems across the education landscape.


2019 Launch Finalists - Nick Ducoff, Edmit

We were excited to participate at SXSW EDU because of the collaborative environment for education innovation. Attendees and others participating in the conference really want to surface and support the best products and services to help students succeed.

Nick Ducoff
2019 Launch Winner / Edmit

2017 Media - The

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.


About Launch


Launch showcases emerging innovations and breakthrough technologies making an impact on the future of teaching and learning. The competition provides a platform for early-stage startups seeking feedback, investment, strategic partnerships, and exposure.

Selected finalists will present their product or service in the fast-paced, live pitch event before a panel of industry experts, early adopters, investors, and educators, as well as SXSW EDU attendees, March 9-12, 2020.

Additionally, finalists and attendees will have ample opportunities to connect through spotlights, socials, and other events during SXSW EDU.

For frequently asked questions and answers, check out the Launch FAQ.

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Join Us for SXSW EDU 2020

Register to attend the 2020 SXSW EDU Conference & Festival by Friday, January 17 to save $110 off the walk-up rate.


Launch History

Learn more about the history of the Launch competition and browse a full list of past startup finalists, winners, and judges.

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