SXSW Startup: Student Startup Madness is Bringing The Best College Startups In America Back To South By Southwest
South By Southwest is one of the largest gatherings of startups in the United States. Every year, hundreds of startups come to launch and get the attention of thousands of investors headed to Austin for the SXSW Interactive festival.
The SXSW Accelerator, the anchor for Startup Village, pits several startups, from across the globe, against one another. SXSW Accelerator judges weed through hundreds of applications to narrow the list down to the 50 teams, and 50 alternates that will compete in a competition that yields great results. Since it’s inception, SXSW Accelerator startups have garnered over $4.6 billion dollars in funding.
Student Startup Madness is quickly becoming the main event for college startups. Startup Madness takes applications from across the country in hopes of finding the best of the best in college startups. It’s also the only college startup competition focused on digital media startups.
Student Startup Madness has unveiled their “entrepreneurial eight”, the eight best college startups in the country. These 8 startups will travel to Austin for SXSW Interactive and pitch against one another in an official SXSW session on March 12th. These companies will be competing for a $2500 software and services price package, but all of the startups competing know the real value.
The Student Startup Madness competition attracts some of the biggest names in early stage and VC investors. 101 Edu, last year’s Student Startup Madness winner went on to raise two undisclosed rounds from two of the most well known funds backing student led startups; Dreamit and the Dorm Room Fund. Parihug, a finalist from Case Western went on to raise nearly $25,000 in a crowdfunding raise last April.
The stakes are high for the 8 startups selected as finalists this year:
Codemoji has helped 160,000+ grade-school students get started in learning to code. [Contact Livio Bolzon, email@example.com, or visit codemoji.com.]
GAIA produces innovative solutions to athletic and therapeutic problems through the use of smart apparel technology. [Contact Brent Chase, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit facebook.com/gaia.smartmove.]
Geopipe uses machine learning to automatically generate virtual models of the real world for architects, real estate developers, game developers, and beyond. [Contact Thomas Dickerson, email@example.com, or visit geopi.pe.]
Impowerus connects juvenile immigrants in need of legal aid with attorneys performing pro bono immigration work; through Impowerus, juveniles can speak with attorneys working remotely and attorneys at firms can utilize the Impowerus dashboard to track hours, conversations, and goals. [Contact Katelyn Ringrose, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Impowerus.com.]
Librarian AI has produced a knowledge management AI chatbot that helps companies train talent and retain knowledge. [Contact Holden Gibbons, email@example.com, or visit librarian.ai.]
Smart Staffing is a map-based software that makes staffing for private duty home care companies simpler, saving owners $45,000-$90,000 a year in direct overhead while maximizing revenue, minimizing scheduling errors, and improving caregiver retention and customer satisfaction. [Contact Bailey Paxton, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit smartstaffing.co.]
Sweetbud is an “augmented taste” coffee cup lid that simulates the taste of sweetness; with Sweetbud, users can taste sweetness without adding any sugar to their coffee. [Contact Sara Du, email@example.com, or visit sweetbud.co.]