• The only SXSW Pitch Competition

    for students, by students

    PitchTexas Student Startup Competition

    March 13, 2020 @ SXSW Interactive

    $50,000 in Cash Prizes

  • ABOUT

    The Graduate Entrepreneurship + Innovation Club at Texas McCombs invites you to the 7th annual PitchTexas competition at SXSW.

     

    In the opportunity of a lifetime, graduate and undergraduate student-led startups will compete live at SXSW to win over entrepreneurs, investors, and educators for a chance to win $50k in cash prizes.

     

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

     

     

    HOW DOES IT WORK?

    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.

     

    Want to attend? Register here!

     

    WHAT COULD I WIN?

    $50,000 in cash prizes — 1st prize $35,000, 2nd prize $10,000, 3rd prize $5,000. Winners will be announced and cash prizes will be awarded at the end of the competition. Finalists will also benefit from exposure at the official event during SXSW's Startups Track.

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

  • 2020 FINALS JUDGES

    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.

  • 2020 SEMI FINALS JUDGES

    SCOTT COLLIER

    Business Development, Whole Foods

    KEVIN FISHNER

    Chief of Staff, HashiCorp

    GENEVIEVE GILBREATH

    General Partner, Springdale Ventures

    NINA HO

    Assistant Director, Blackstone LaunchPad

    MITCH JACOBSON

    Director, Austin Technology Incubator & Blackstone LaunchPad

    VERENA KALLHOFF

    Workspaces Manager, Texas Health CoLab

    OKSANA MALYSHEVA

    Managing Partner, Sputnik ATX

    MICHAEL MASSAD

    Senior Associate, Elsewhere Partners;

    Director, PitchTexas 2018

    CALVIN MAYS

    Principal, Qubicle Design

    JOE MERRILL

    Partner, Sputnik ATX

    KERRY RUPP

    General Partner, True Wealth Ventures

    STEVE SCHAFFER

    Venture Partner, Capital Factory

  • 2020 APPLICATION REVIEWERS

    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

  • EVENT DETAILS

    WHEN

    March 13, 2020


    WHERE

    Fairmont Hotel Austin

    101 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

     

    SCHEDULE

    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.

     

    12 p.m. – 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.

     

    ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

    For a founding team to be eligible to compete, at least one founder must be a current student. Student founders must be present in Austin for the competition on March 13, 2020. Startups with more than $500,000 in previous funding or over $100,000 in monthly recurring revenue will not be considered for this competition.

  • TIMELINE

    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)

     

  • APPLICATION DETAILS

    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.

    Opportunity

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

  • PitchTexas 2019

    CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2019 WINNER

     

    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.

  • CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2019 SEMIFINALISTS!

    These 16 teams pitched on March 8, 2019 at Robert B. Rowling Hall on The University of Texas at Austin campus for a chance to pitch at SXSW Interactive in the finals

    AeroLive, Inc.

    University of Texas at Austin

    Code Blue Jewelry

    University of Texas at Dallas

    Epistemix Inc.

    University of Pittsburgh

    Flo Recruit

    University of Texas at Austin

    HiCANYU

    University of Texas at Austin

    Hubly

    Northwestern University

    LifeWeb

    Northwestern University

    Locoal

    University of Texas at Austin

    RiskBoard

    Harvard University

    Shalebox

    University of Texas at Austin

    Sincere Sitter

    Seton Hall University

    Slate

    Northwestern University

    Soundcollide

    Georgia State University

    Sparkd

    University of Texas at Austin

    Texas MicroSintering

    University of Texas at Austin

    yourself.online

    London Business School

  • Check out the UT activation at SXSW!

     

    Thanks to our event partners and organizers:

    McCombs MBA Entrepreneurship Society

    McCombs School of Business

    Graduate School

    Texas McCombs MSTC Program