Deadline Extended: Accelerate Your Start-up at SXSW

If you have an innovative product, start-up, or application, apply now for the fourth annual SXSW Accelerator. The Accelerator is set to take place March 12-14 at the 2012 SXSW Festival in Austin Texas. A live audience, as well as a panel of expert judges will be discovering advancements in social media, mobile applications, web entertainment, and more.

Past judges have included Tim Draper of DFJ, Chris Hughes of Facebook and Jumo, Paul Graham of Y Combinator, Craig Newmark of Craiglist, Robert Scoble of Rackspace and Scobleizer, Jeff Pulver of 140 Conference, Chris Shipley of Demo and Guidewire, and Tom Conrad of Pandora. Participants in the 2011 SXSW Accelerator included Storify, Hipmunk, and NeighborGoods. It’s a great opportunity to get feedback, national exposure, and hard-hitting influencers to try out your product.

The deadline to register for SXSW Accelerator has been extended until Sunday, November 20th at 11:59pm Central Standard Time.  All of the nitty gritty details are below. Thanks to The Idea Village for giving SBN the heads up on the extension!

Launch date eligibility requirements:

  1. A company’s product / service must have launched no earlier than March, 13, 2011.
  2. A company’s product / service must not be launched after June 13, 2012.
  3. Companies will be allowed to submit only one product / services to the SXSW Accelerator event. Companies who submit more than one product / services will not be eligible to participate in the SXSW Accelerator event.
  4. Founders of the applying start-up must retain some portion of ownership in the company to be eligible to participate.
  5. Must not have raised over five million in funds from combined funding sources.

Application Fee:

  1. A non-refundable $175 entry fee will be required from all applicants who would like to be considered for participation in the event.
  2. All Accelerator entrants will be given the chance to register at the lowest rate.
  3. Waived Fee – If a company is interested but cannot pay the fee, it is possible under certain circumstances to have the fee waived.

Six Categories of Applications Accepted:

  1. Entertainment Technologies – This category pertains to applications and technologies for film, music, television, and gaming, as well as new and hybrid forms of entertainment that are reinventing the ways in which we relax, unwind, and have fun
  2. Mobile Technologies – This category pertains to applications and  those technologies related to that which allows users to connect by portable devices such as tablets, phones and other connected devices.
  3. Innovative Web Technologies – This category pertains to applications and technologies that have the ambition to change the Web as we know it. Right now we’re seeing lots of innovation in real-time search, augmented reality, the “Web Wide World”, artificial intelligence and the Semantic Web, recommendations technologies, personalization technologies, and “big data”. But that’s just the beginning
  4. Social Media and Social Networking Technologies – This category pertains to applications and technologies that help people connect. With this category we’re looking for new and interesting uses, cases, as well as technologies that push the boundaries of how we find, follow and share information with others
  5. Health Technologies– This category is about patient-centric health applications and technologies that connect patients, families, physicians, pharmacists, care providers (hospital, clinics) and benefit providers-aka the care team-to share timely, relevant health data and drive better outcomes at affordable and sustainable cost levels.
  6. News-Related Technologies– This category pertains to applications and technologies to support the dissemination of news and information for communities, both on the content side or on the underlying business model side (for example advertising). This could include technologies related to data, text, documents, mapping, engagement, among other areas.

For more information:

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