South by Southwest 2018 for Berlin Startups

Photo with laureates from last year with link to

Berlin Partner, Brandenburg Invest and Openers have teamed up again to bring the most creative minds from Berlin and Brandenburg to South by Southwest (SXSW).

The most important festival and conference for the creative and digital industry worldwide will take place in Austin, Texas in March 2018.

We will select ten of the most innovative creative companies and startups who will receive a free application code for the renowned Accelerator Pitch Competition or the Interactive Innovation Awards. If you want to participate, send an e-mail to Olivia Hohoff, describe your project idea and highlight why it should be part of next year‘s SXSW.

Wondering what the Accelerator Pitch Competition and Interactive Innovation Awards are all about?

SXSW Accelerator Pitch Competition

The 10th edition of the annual SXSW Accelerator Pitch Competition will feature 50 tech startups from 10 different categories

  • Augmented & Virtual Reality
  • Enterprise & Smart Data
  • Entertainment & Content
  • Health & Wearable
  • Payment & FinTech
  • Security & Privacy
  • Transportation
  • Social & Culture
  • Sports & Performance Data
  • Hyper-Connected Communities

Each finalist receives two SXSW Interactive registrations (worth 825$ each). Startups that are not selected as a finalist, receive a coupon code to purchase a SXSW Interactive registration at the early-bird rate.

The finalists will dazzle a live audience with their live pitch and Q&A in front of a panel of judges on Saturday, March 10 and on Sunday, March 11, in Austin, Texas.

In 2016, the Berlin based startup Splash (Viorama) won the SXSW Accelerator Award in the VR-category.

More info and conditions of participation

Application Deadline SXSW: November 10, 2017.

SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

The Interactive Innovation Awards will feature innovations in the following 13 categories:

  • AI & Machine Learning
  • Health, Med, & BioTech
  • Visual Media Experience
  • VR & AR
  • Wearable Tech
  • Music & Audio Innovation
  • New Economy
  • Privacy & Security
  • Smart Cities
  • Innovation in Connecting People
  • Responsive Design
  • Student Innovation
  • SCIFI No Longer

Innovators from across the digital industry can enter their exciting new work in the competition, which is open to all projects and products launched – or discoveries and achievements made – in the calendar year of 2017. 

Finalists receive two SXSW Interactive registrations (worth 825$ each) and a demo space at the Innovation Awards Finalist Showcase to exhibit their work on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Winners of the competition will receive their award at the Interactive Innovation Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 13, in Austin, Texas.

In 2017, the Berlin based company Holoplot won the Interactive Innovation Awards in the category Video & Audio Innovation.

More info and conditions of participation

Application Deadline SXSW: November 10, 2017

The 10 free application codes will go to companies who:

  • Fulfil the conditions of participation of the SXSW awards (see links above)
  • Have already launched their product or service (by March 2018 at the very latest)
  • Have an interest in the US market/are interested in expanding to the US market

Berlin Partner, Brandenburg Invest and Openers will jointly select the companies.

Deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2017