Student Startup Competition Application

Student Startup Competition - SXSW EDU 2022 - Photo by Stephen Olker

Are you a high school student with a creative startup business? Apply to have your innovative idea considered for the Student Startup Competition powered by WIT - Whatever It Takes at SXSW EDU, March 6-9, 2023.

The Student Startup Competition serves as a platform for high school students to showcase their business ideas to a judging panel of industry experts and a live SXSW EDU audience. Students both nationally and internationally are invited to apply.

Check out the competition history page browse a complete list of past student startup winners and finalists. For additional information about the competition, email

The Student Startup Competition Application is now closed

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be a currently enrolled high school student and 13 years or older in order to be considered.
  • Both national and international applicants are eligible.
  • Solo entrepreneurs and team applicants qualify.

Applications will be reviewed and vetted for selection by the WIT team and advisors for this year’s Student Startup Competition.

SXSW EDU 2022 Student Startup Competition. Photo by Stephen Olker.


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