Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Pitching

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Saturday 10th March 2012

Sunday 11th March 2012

  • 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

  • StartupBus Grand Final

    Imagine getting on a bus with a group of strangers and three days later, while traveling at 60 miles per hour, conceive, build and launch a startup. That's what over 300 people have done for three years, with the cream of the crop battling it out at the grand finals. Come see who will be crowned the 2012 winner...but only after being grilled by a high profile panel of investors and entrepreneurs.

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

    In Salon A, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • Ross Road Rules Mix + Pitch Party

    Presented by The University of Michigan and the X PRIZE Foundation, the party mixes pitches from top UofM students, with baller judges, DJ, drinks, and more. See www.RossRoadRules.com RSVP: Eventbrite.

    At 5:00pm to 9:00pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Beauty Bar

  • StartupBus Grand Final

    Imagine getting on a bus with a group of strangers and three days later, while traveling at 60 miles per hour, conceive, build and launch a startup. That's what over 300 people have done for three years, with the cream of the crop battling it out at the grand finals. Come see who will be crowned the 2012 winner...but only after being grilled by a high profile panel of investors and entrepreneurs.

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Salon A, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • SXSW Eco Startup Showcase Launch Party

    Announcing the launch of the SXSW Eco Startup Showcase venture capital pitch competition. In partnership with the Austin Technology Clean Energy Incubator and Austin Energy the SXSW Eco Startup Showcase will bring together experts and venture capitalists looking to invest in the space of cleantech, and will take place October 4th, 2012 at SXSW Eco in Austin, Texas.

    Join us as we celebrate the launch of this exciting new event.

    At 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Lanai

Monday 12th March 2012

  • Student Startup Madness

    A collegiate digital media startup tournament, beginning with a kickoff pitchfest and announcement of the 2012-13 Student Startup Madness national event.

    At 9:00am to 12:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Maria Maria La Cantina Patio

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    Social Media and Social Networking Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round one to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcee: Brad Burnham (Union Square Ventures)

    Judges: Maria Thomas (Axios Ventures), Andrew McCollum (New Enterprise Associates / Facebook), Jeff
    Dachis (Dachis Group)

    Finalist: Whodini, Banjo, Thirst Labs, Votifi

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon A, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    News Related Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round one to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcee: Jim Schachter (New York Times)
    Judges: Ben Huh (Cheezburger Network), Tony Conrad (about.me / True Ventures), Adam Ostrow (Mashable)
    Finalist: Crowded Comics, NowSports, LocalWiki, Umbel

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon B, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    Mobile Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round one to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcee: Scott Weiss (Andreessen Horowitz)
    Judges: Matt Marshall (VentureBeat), Charlie O’Donnell (Brooklyn Bridge Ventures), Oren Michels (Mashery)
    Finalist: Toopher, Meexo, Forecast, 5Degrees

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon D, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    Mobile Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round one to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcee: Scott Weiss (Andreessen Horowitz)
    Judges: Matt Marshall (VentureBeat), Charlie O’Donnell (Brooklyn Bridge Ventures), Oren Michels (Mashery)
    Finalist: Modo Labs, Arqball, just.me, Condition ONE

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon D, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    News Related Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round one to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcee: Jim Schachter (New York Times)
    Judges: Ben Huh (Cheezburger Network), Tony Conrad (about.me / True Ventures), Adam Ostrow (Mashable)
    Finalist: Ad Glue, Ushahidi, Funf Project, BuzzData

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon B, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    Social Media and Social Networking Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round one to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Social Media and Social Networking Technologies
    Emcee: Brad Burnham (Union Square Ventures)
    Judges: Maria Thomas (Axios Ventures), Andrew McCollum (New Enterprise Associates / Facebook), Jeff Dachis (Dachis Group)
    Finalist: vox.io, SceneTap. Hoot.Me, IB5k

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon A, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    Entertainment Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round one to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcee: MC Hammer (Artist / Wiredoo)
    Judges: Blair Garrou (DFJ Mercury), Erick Schonfeld (TechCrunch), Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet (Turner Broadcasting)
    Finalist: Tugg, GooseChase, Wonderverse, Grandstand

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon A, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    Health Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round one to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcee: Frank Moss (Bluefin Labs)
    Judges: Dr. Geeta Nayyar (AT&T for Health), Doug Ulman (Livestrong), Adam Koopersmith (New World Ventures)
    Finalist: VitalClip, Beyond Lucid Technologies, Simplee, Pipette

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon D, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    Innovative Web Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round one to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcee: Christine Herron (Intel Capital)
    Judges: Mark Hindsbo (Microsoft), Arun Rajan, Wesley Chan (Google Ventures)
    Finalist: ZeroDesktop, AgLocal, BrandYourself.com, Viztu Technologies

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon B, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    Innovative Web Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round one to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcee: Christine Herron (Intel Capital)
    Judges: Mark Hindsbo (Microsoft), Arun Rajan, Wesley Chan (Google Ventures)
    Finalist: Finalist: Prism Skylabs, scribble, OneID, Trapit

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon B, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    Entertainment Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round one to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcee: MC Hammer (Artist / Wiredoo)
    Judges: Blair Garrou (DFJ Mercury), Erick Schonfeld (TechCrunch), Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet Cloquet (Turner Broadcasting)
    Finalist: Wemo Media, MoPix, Switchcam, WeVideo

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon A, Hilton Austin Downtown

Tuesday 13th March 2012

  • 3 Secrets to a Killer Elevator Pitch

    by Naval Ravikant, Joshua Baer and Jason Cohen

    Everyone in a startup should be able to give the "elevator pitch", even the programmers! Having the right pitch can help you land a big customer, attract investors, and just explain what you do to your mom. Learn about the 3 secrets to a killer pitch from an expert speaker who has pitched at TechCrunch50, SXSW Accelerator and Ignite. Then pitch your startup and get feedback on the spot. Not for beginners! We have seen thousands of pitches and invested in hundreds of companies. Come after you’ve already practiced your pitch a 100 times and are ready to take it to the next level. First I’ll spend 15 minutes talking about the 3 secrets and show some killer examples. Then YOU get up on stage and give YOUR 90 second pitch, and then one of the panel will give YOUR pitch showing how we would improve it. If you want to pitch your startup, send a link to your 90 second pitch video to sxsw@killerelevator.com

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Tuesday 13th March

    In Salon C, Hilton Austin Downtown

    Coverage audio clip

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    News Related Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round two to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcees: Tim Draper (Draper Fisher Jurveston), Brad King (Ball State University)
    Judges: Tim O’Reilly (O’Reilly Media), Richard MacManus (ReadWriteWeb), Ellen Miller (Sunlight Foundation)
    Finalist: TBA**

    ** The three finalists participating in this category will be determined at 6:00pm on Monday, March 12.

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Tuesday 13th March

    In Salon A/B, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    Health Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round two to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcees: Tim Draper (Draper Fisher Jurveston), Brad King (Ball State University)
    Judges: Bill Rice (St. David’s HealthCare), Stephen Downs (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), Isaac Ciechanover (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers)
    Finalist: TBA

    ** The three finalists participating in this category will be determined at 6:00pm on Monday, March 12.

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Tuesday 13th March

    In Salon A/B, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    Innovative Web Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round two to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcees: Tim Draper (Draper Fisher Jurveston), Brad King (Ball State University)
    Judges: Bob Metcalfe (University of Texas at Austin), Rich Barton (Zillow), Chris Shipley (Guidewire Group)
    Finalist: TBA

    ** The three finalists participating in this category will be determined at 6:00pm on Monday, March 12.

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Tuesday 13th March

    In Hilton Austin Downtown

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    Mobile Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round two to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcees: Tim Draper (Draper Fisher Jurveston), Brad King (Ball State University)
    Judges: Laura Kilcrease (Triton Ventures), John Malloy (BlueRun Ventures), John Balen (Canaan Partners)
    Finalist: TBA

    ** The three finalists participating in this category will be determined at 6:00pm on Monday, March 12.

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Tuesday 13th March

    In Salon A/B, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    Entertainment Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round two to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcees: Tim Draper (Draper Fisher Jurveston), Brad King (Ball State University)
    Judges: Paige Craig, David Aronoff (Flybridge Capital Partners), Tom Conrad (Pandora)
    Finalist: TBA

    ** The three finalists participating in this category will be determined at 6:00pm on Monday, March 12.

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Tuesday 13th March

    In Salon A/B, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator

    Social Media and Social Networking Technologies start-up companies pitching their products and/or services in round two to high profiled industry expert judges.

    Emcees: Tim Draper (Draper Fisher Jurveston), Brad King (Ball State University)
    Judges: David Rose (Gust), Tom Ball (Austin Ventures), Sean Whiteley (salesforce.com / do.com)
    Finalist: TBA

    ** The three finalists participating in this category will be determined at 6:00pm on Monday, March 12.

    For more information about the SXSW Accelerator event click here - http://sxsw.com/interactive/star...

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Tuesday 13th March

    In Salon A/B, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • SXSW Interactive Accelerator Award Ceremony

    At 6:00pm to 7:00pm, Tuesday 13th March

    In Salon A/B, Hilton Austin Downtown