• 2020 PitchTexas Competition

    Cancelled as of March 6, 2020

    City of Austin Coronavirus Disaster Declaration

    See you next year at SXSW!


    The Graduate Entrepreneurship + Innovation Club at Texas McCombs was the sponsor of the 7th annual PitchTexas competition at SXSW.


    The graduate and undergraduate student-led startup has been cancelled due to corona virus following the directive of the City of Austin natural disaster declaration.


    *In addition, the top UT graduate-level team will be admitted to the fall Texas Venture Labs practicum*




    Reviewers will judge PitchTexas applications to identify 16 student-founded companies to compete in the semi-finals the morning of March 13, 2020.


    In the evening, four finalist teams will take the stage and compete to win PitchTexas 2020.





    March 13, 2020


    Fairmont Hotel Austin

    101 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701



    8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Semi-finalists will be given 5 minutes to pitch and 5 minutes for Q&A. Judges will provide teams with 5 minutes of feedback.

    Four teams will be in each semi-final room, with one finalist selected per room.


    Noon – 1 p.m.

    Lunch with contestants and judges and announcement of finalist teams.


    5 – 6 p.m.

    Finalists will be given 5 minutes to pitch and 5 minutes for Q&A. Judges will evaluate the groups on feasibility of pitch, viability of investment, and founding team.

    Four teams will present in the final round. Finalists will receive a SXSW Interactive badge.


    Please note that this schedule may be subject to change.


    ARMS Cyber

    Vanderbilt University


    Michigan State University


    Northwestern University


    University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

    Clocr Inc.

    University of Texas at Austin

    F3 Healthcare, LLC

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


    University of Texas at Austin

    HiPR Innovation, Inc.

    University of Texas at Austin

    Pigeon Communications Inc.

    University of Texas at Austin

    Pocket Punch

    University of Texas at Austin


    Northwestern University

    Shelf Life

    Harvard Business School


    Cornell University


    University of Pennsylvania


    University of Texas at Austin


    University of Texas at Austin


    The following team helped evaluate 155 student teams to identify the top 16 invited to pitch during the PitchTexas semi finals


    Roberto Aguayo

    Partner, Leap Global Partners; Co-Founder, Fairplay Park


    Jonathan Alba

    Researcher, IC2 Institute


    Rush Bartlett

    Global VP of Innovation, Lansinoh Laboratories


    Christian Battaglia

    Sr. Software Engineer, Amplify


    Andrew Bourdillon

    Venture Fellow, Brand Foundry


    James Chance

    Founder, yourself.online


    Haley Deiber

    Sr. Associate, Unusual Ventures


    Justin Felder

    Sr. Legal Compliance Analyst, Indeed


    Sloan Foster

    Co-Founder & CEO, AutoThink Inc.


    Perry Ginsburg

    Venture Fellow, Treaty Oak Equit


    Alec Grubbs

    Venture Fellow, S3 Ventures


    David Heitzer

    Business Origination, EDF Energy Services


    Sam Hogan

    VP, McCombs Entrepreneurship Society


    Emily Jones

    Director, PitchTexas; Venture Fellow, Sputnik ATX


    Johnny Li

    Co-Founder, Parvenu


    Heidi Mackay

    VP, McCombs Entrepreneurship Society


    Sam McBride

    Venture Fellow, Owner Resource Group


    Eddie McCormick

    Risk Analyst, Millburn Ridgefield Corporation


    Mary Moreno

    Venture Fellow, Next Coast Ventures


    Mark Murdock

    Executive in Residence, Austin Technology Incubator


    Ken Nguyen

    Venture Fellow, Altos Partners


    Aaron Perman

    Vice President, S3 Ventures


    Chantal Pittman

    EVP Operations, Media Assembly


    Jon Plasek

    Venture Fellow, CapStreet Group


    Isabel Pryzant

    Venture Fellow, Blue Sage Capital


    Trent Segers

    Director, PitchTexas 2019; Moonshots Capital


    Carol Thompson

    Founder, The Thompson Group



    Carl Thorne-Thomsen

    Sr. Product Manager, Civitas Learning


    Tucker Villarreal

    Attorney, Richards Rodriguez & Skeith LLP


    JD Weinstein

    Oracle for Startups, North America


    John Wheeler

    Founder, Empire Learning


    Liza Willmore

    Manager, Accenture Consulting


    James Wright

    Venture Fellow, S3 Ventures


    Alice Xue

    Advisor, South West Angel Network



    Business Development, Whole Foods


    Chief of Staff, HashiCorp


    General Partner, Springdale Ventures


    Assistant Director, Blackstone LaunchPad


    Director, Austin Technology Incubator & Blackstone LaunchPad


    Workspaces Manager, Texas Health CoLab


    Managing Partner, Sputnik ATX


    Senior Associate, Elsewhere Partners;

    Director, PitchTexas 2018


    Principal, Qubicle Design


    Partner, Sputnik ATX


    General Partner, True Wealth Ventures


    Venture Partner, Capital Factory


    Gregory L. Fenves

    29th President of The University of Texas at Austin

    Since 2015, Gregory Fenves and his administration have worked to expand access to the university for talented students across the state of Texas. He has prioritized diversity and inclusion, invested heavily in faculty and their research, expanded experiential learning opportunities for students, and has overseen strategic efforts that have led to the highest four-year graduation rates in the university’s history. As provost and president, he launched the Dell Medical School at UT Austin, which is dedicated to transforming health and health care locally and globally.

    Mellie Price

    CEO & Chairwoman at WP Engine

    Mellie Price is a highly experienced innovation and operations executive, venture fund manager, angel investor, philanthropist, data geek, and technologist who has worked in organizations ranging from non-profits to startups to publicly traded companies to state government.

    Price, an eight-time entrepreneur, is also well known as a co-founder of the nationally recognized startup accelerator program and entrepreneurial hub, Capital Factory. In 2015, Mellie launched SoftMatch, a tech-enabled corporative innovation consulting firm, to help Fortune 1000 companies connect with the emerging technologies, startups, and talent that can help navigate this era of digital disruption. Formerly, Price was the Founder & CEO of Front Gate Solutions/Front Gate Tickets, one of the largest privately held primary market ticketing software platforms in the US/Canada from 2002 to 2015 when it was sold to Live Nation/Ticketmaster.

    Kevin Curry

    Founder, Fit Men Cook

    Kevin Curry is the founder of FitMenCook, an online community that inspires men and women to eat healthy and stay fit with food that is never boring. With over 2 million followers around the world, he is one of the most sought-after influencers in nutrition, fitness, health and wellness.


    Kevin has a FitMenCook app that is currently the #1 app in the health category in over 80 countries. Furthermore, Kevin recently released his first cookbook, Fit Men Cook: 100+ Meal Prep Recipes for Men and Women – Always #HealthyAF, Never Boring in December 2018 which immediately went to the top of Amazon’s fitness category within a month. Since the launch of FitMenCook, Kevin has been featured in national online publications such as Forbes, Men’s Health, SELF, Shape Magazine as well as television appearances Live! with Kelly and Ryan, Rachael Ray Show and TODAY.

  • Note: This year we invite both graduate and undergraduate students from all areas of study! 


    See below for PitchTexas 2020 dates.

    Application Deadline

    January 27

    Semifinalists Announced

    Week of February 17


    Semi-Final Round

    March 13, 2020 from 8 a.m. – Noon (CST)


    Finalist Round

    March 13, 2020 from 5 – 6 p.m. (CST)



    The application for PitchTexas 2020 included the following:

    Team Details

    Who is on your team, where you are from, and what you are studying?

    Startup Overview

    Tagline , brief company description, industry categorization, stage of development, and a 2 minute elevator pitch video.


    A short description of the investment opportunity and how you will spend the money if your team wins.

  • PitchTexas 2019



    Yourself.online empowers you to fix your online legacy by providing you with the tools to manage your online data and privacy. Founded by two ex-Googlers, yourself.online is a pre-seed online data and privacy management service.

    Check out the runners up from PitchTexas 2019!

    2nd Place - Slate is creating a better tattoo experience with the first online marketplace for tattoos. We connect customers to a curated selection of top tattoo artists by style and location.


    3rd Place - Hubly is modernizing the intracranial bedside procedure by replacing manual hand drills with an integrated electric drill system to reduce complications from physician error.

  • Check out the UT activation at SXSW!


    Thanks to our event organizers and partners:

    The Graduate Entrepreneurship + Innovation Club, Blackstone LaunchPad, McCombs Alumni Network, Canfield Business Honors Program, Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs, McCombs MBA & MS programs, the Graduate School of Business, and Texas Exes