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SXSWedu 18: Launch Startup Competition Applications Open

Applications Are Now Open For SXSWedu’s Annual Launch Competition

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SXSWedu, the education focused conference and festival that kicks off just before the annual SXSW festival in Austin Texas continues to grow year after year. The education focused festival is like no other event in the edtech space. It’s a true roll up your sleeves and participate kind of event and heck, it’s part of South By Southwest (SXSW) so you know it’s going to be good.

Last year’s SXSWedu was bookended by two incredible speakers. Chris Edmin the author of critically acclaimed educational guide “For White Folks Who Teach In The Hood… And The Rest Of Ya’ll Too”. He motivated, and challenged the audience by making parallels in education to the lyrics from the latest Tribe Called Quest album. He also got people moving and thinking by highlighting the elephant in most rooms in most public schools.

Roberto Rivera created the Good Life Alliance who’s mission it was to find relatable, impactful ways to teach and challenge youth who had often been taken out with the garbage. Rising from next to nothing but a street thug and a drug dealer, Rivera took the entrepreneurial mindset that moved him daily and finished out grade school and went onto college. It was there that he attended a Division I school and graduated with a major he created, catching the eye of former President of the United States, Bill Clinton. He’s also partnered his organization with 7 mindsets.

But that’s not why you’re here. You want to know about startups.

The 2018 SXSWedu Launch competition is now accepting applications for early stage startups until November 10, 2017. Do you understand the power of SXSW, the brand and the events? Well you will after this next sentence.

Startups will be competing for a $2500 stipend prize.

Do you want to see it again?

Startups will be competing for a $2500 stipend prize. Oh and there’s a $200 application fee, but I’m telling you it’s worth every single penny.

With any other startup organization or contest in the world the $2500 prize probably wouldn’t entice you to get out of bed. But make no mistake about it, startup founders will spend thousands of dollars to win this prize, that’s because the $2500 stipend isn’t really the prize. The prize is rubbing shoulders and networking with some of the most progressive investors and philanthropists in the education space. Of course, the title SXSWedu winner will look great on your website, stationary and business cards until the next year.

Another big benefit? While other startups will spend tens of thousands of dollars to host launch parties for their companies at SXSW, if you’re the winner of the Launch competition, the launch party pretty much becomes your party and since SXSW is footing the bill it’s going to be grand.

Seriously, while this post has been a bit tongue in cheek, the Launch competition is one of the greatest events in the edtech space. SXSWedu draws an amazing crowd and with the Platinum passes you’ll receive if you win you can stay a few extra days and meet that crowd as well.

Here are the eligibility requirements:

  • Have launched an early stage startup company in the education market.
  • Be incorporated with a management team and public facing website.
  • Be able to convey a sustainable business model.
  • Be able to demonstrate user traction, engagement and adoption metrics.
  • Must not have raised over $2 million in funds from combined funding sources at time of application.

Bootstrapped startups concerned about the $200 application fee should reach out to

Otherwise strap yourself in and get applying here. 

Check out our SXSWedu 2017 coverage here.