Graduate Startup Pitch Competition

    March 14, 2018 @ SXSW

    Congrats to NewsCart for taking 1st place overall at PitchTexas 2017!


    See below for all of the important PitchTexas 2018 dates!

    Application Deadline

    January 15, 2018 by 5PM (CST)

    Semifinalists Announced

    January 22, 2018 by 5PM (CST)

    Semi-Final Round

    9:00-11:00AM March 14, 2018

    Finalist Round 

    12:30-1:30PM March 14, 2018


    The University of Texas McCombs School of Business, Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, and Texas MSTC proudly invite you to compete in the 5th annual SXSW Startup Pitch Competition!


    The best Graduate startups from across the US will compete against each other for bragging rights and up to $10K in prizes. On the day of the competition, teams will pitch their startup and field questions from investors and entrepreneurs from the Austin community.


    Applications are due by 5 PM, January 15th, and we will notify our top 16 applicants by 5 PM on January 22nd.


    Application Details

    Applications are due by 5 PM on January 15th, with the following restrictions:

    - Submissions must be made by a current graduate student who is on the founding or executive team of the startup

    - At least one, but no more than two students / founders must be present at the competition in Austin to compete

    - Startups with over $500K in previous funding will not be considered for the competition



    Competition Details:

    • When: March 14, 2018
    • Where: Preliminaries will be held at McCombs School of Business, and finalists will present at SXSW's Startup Village at the Hilton Austin Downtown! 


    • 8:15 - 9:00 am   Breakfast & check-in
    • 9:00 - 10:30 am Preliminary Round - Four teams per room given 15 minutes each. Rough break down - 5 minute presentation, 5 minutes Q&A, and 5 minutes judges feedback. One finalist selected per room.
    • 11 am - 12:00 pm Lunch (finalists will be shuttled to Hilton Austin Downtown at 11:15)
    • 12:30 - 1:30 pm   Final Round. Judges will select the winner as the team they would most likely want to invest in based on the potential of the idea to be successful, the presentation, and professionalism of the team. 

    Notice: This schedule may be subject to change.


    Presentation Requirements & Format:


    Prelims: Presentation: 5 minutes, Q&A: 5 minutes, Feedback: 5 minutes
    Finals: 5 minute presentation (hard cut-off) with 5 minute Q&A


    During check-in, we will randomly assign each team a room and time for the presentation . One team from each room will advance to the final round.



    The first place, second place, and third place teams will walk away with cash prizes. Finalists will also benefit from exposure at the official event during SXSW's Startup Village track.

  • PitchTexas Partners

    Special thanks to our event partners!

    Herb Kelleher Center

    for Entrepreneurship

    UT Alumni Endowed Excellence Fund

    UT MBA

    Entrepreneur Society

    UT MS Technology Commercialization

    Civic I/O

  • Check out the winners from

    PitchTexas 2017!

    1st Prize - NewsCart

    2nd Prize - Surface Mod

    3rd Prize - SwiftTag Systems