Student Startup Competition Finalists, Judges, and Coaches Announced

Student Startup Coach and Emcees_SXSW EDU 2018

As the eighth year of SXSW EDU quickly approaches this coming March, we are very pleased to announce finalists for the Student Startup competition, as well as the newly announced emcees and coach. The fourth annual Student Startup competition will take place during the Learning Expo at SXSW EDU 2018.

The Student Startup Competition highlights innovative business ideas from emerging entrepreneurs from Central Texas high schools. The competition offers a place for students to present their ideas and receive feedback from a panel of judges in front of a live audience. This format enables young entrepreneurs to gain invaluable experience. Judges with vast backgrounds and expertise will offer their insight to finalists, with the winner taking home a cash prize to fuel their startup vision.

Student Startup Coaches and Judges


  • Crystal Rose, Executive Director, Ozy Media
  • Mitch Jacobson, Director, Austin Technology Incubator
  • Deborah Whitby, Owner, Austin Plumbery


  • Leigh Christie, Senior Vice President, Global Technology & Innovation, Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Nathan Ryan, Founder & CEO, Blue Sky Partners

Student Startup Competition Finalists

The five student startups chosen from local schools, will present their concepts that span areas in the business sector from parking solutions to global peer to peer learning for refugees.

We look forward to hearing from these students in March:

  • [tchr], Crockett Highschool
  • Arodot, Crockett High School
  • REZ Parking, Westlake High School
  • Threading Twine, Westwood High School
  • United World Learning, Westlake Highschool

The Learning Expo is free and open to the public on Tuesday, March 6, so that area students, families and educators may attend.

By Leslie Kelley


Related News: