Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Funding

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Friday 9th March 2012

Saturday 10th March 2012

Sunday 11th March 2012

  • Accelerating Killer LatAm Startups

    by Bedy Yang, Hernan Kazah, Vanesa Kolodziej, David Weekly and Pedro Torres Picón

    The genome to create a great startup fast has been cracked. With proper funding and mentoring provided by a series of Lat Am-based accelerators, we can expect that a new wave of brave and savVy Latin American entrepreneurs will be entering the global market soon. Meet the people who are making this happen and learn why a regional network of accelerators is the way to make a real difference in this continent.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Sunday 11th March

    In Room 5ABC, Austin Convention Center

  • Pitching Start Ups to Ad Agencies and Clients

    by David Tisch, John Laramie and James Cooper

    The start up scene continues to thrive. You may have got funding and you may have an awesome product but how will you make those first key partnerships with clients and ad agencies? This is new territory for many blue chip clients and most ad agencies. They know they need to play in the start up space but they are afraid. All you guys are much younger, and cooler, you don't wear suits so how can we take you really seriously? How will I know whether you are the next FourSquare or the next pets.com? The panelists will be able to share all their different viewpoints. We have an investor and incubator, we have a recently funded start up making their first deals, we have an ad agency and we have the all important client who is making those purchasing decisions for her brand. We will hear from all of the panelists and then invite any start ups in the audience that would like some advice to ask questions. All the panelists are used to talking freely about the subject rather than inflicting death by powerpoint.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Sunday 11th March

    In Salon C, Hilton Austin Downtown

    Coverage audio clip

  • Investor Spotting 2012

    All investors are not created equal and the right investor for your startup is just as important as the right team and the right idea. VCs, big bad-ass funds, angels, super-angels, rich uncles, big giant incubators, little tiny incubators, cozy co-working spaces. Where is the smart money for startups in 2012? Where is the dangerous money? How much of your company should you give up when investors step up and how do you choose the right investor for your startup? We will take a look at a panel of investors from across the country to get a feeling of how they view what makes a great investment and the kinds of businesses they are looking at in 2012. This session is sponsored by Mircrosoft.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Salon J, Hilton Austin Downtown

Tuesday 13th March 2012