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It’s almost time to kick off another year at SXSW in Austin! The local Techstars team is excited to welcome the Techstars worldwide network and attendees from around the globe to our city.

Here is a quick rundown of where to find Techstars at SXSW:

Wednesday, March 7th

11:30 AM – 12 PM – From Dorm Room to Board Room

Presented by Blackstone Charitable Foundation: In an increasingly competitive landscape, universities strive to provide students with meaningful experiential education opportunities in entrepreneurship and beyond to ensure they are best prepared to meet workforce demands. Blackstone Launchpad and Techstars will discuss how best to support and scale experiential education programs to help students create their own opportunities, build strong networks, and create impact benefitting the institution, and the wider community.

6-8 PM Blackstone Launchpad Engagement & Panel

The Blackstone Charitable Foundation and Techstars invites you to join us for a reception celebrating student entrepreneurship in Texas. The event will include a pitch competition featuring student entrepreneurs from Texas A&M, UT Austin, and UT Dallas.

Saturday, March 10th

9 AM – 5 PM Techstars Lounge  

The Techstars Austin program is opening our doors to founders, mentors, community leaders, staff and partners who are visiting during SXSW. We’ll have snacks throughout the day. Come by to hang out, fuel up, and take meetings. Thank you so much to Samsung NEXT for partnering with us on the lounge!

10 AM – 12 PM Female Founders Brunch – Let’s Talk Funding  

Please join us at the Techstars and Samsung NEXT Lounge for a female founders brunch where we will discuss funding opportunities and challenges with VCs. Panelists include Maya Baratz, Managing Director at Techstars, Suzy Ryoo, Venture Partner at Atom Factory & Cross Culture Ventures, Nicole Quinn, Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, Katherine Cheun, Managing Director at Open Road Holdings, and Sutian Dong, Partner at Female Founders Fund.

2 PM Powered by – Alumni of Techstars Accelerator

Year after year, SXSW attendees return to the Comcast Social Media Lounge to connect, recharge, and learn about the latest in innovation, technology, entertainment, product and more. Comcast’s compelling panel discussions with industry experts and influencers are the highlight and centerpiece of the lounge. Maya Baratz (Managing Director of Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, Powered by Techstars) will be moderating a panel of Techstars alumni for an engaging discussion about Techstars. Panelists include Chris Nickless of Vilpsy, James Meier of Synervoz Communications Inc, Meridith Unger of Nix, Sarah Adler of Spoon University, and Dawn Dickson of PopCom.

Sunday, March 11th

11-11:45 AM Get Funded – How to Pitch

Join Maya Baratz, Managing Director Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, Powered by Techstars, to learn how to craft a compelling pitch for investors that will help your company get funded. This session will focus on teaching participants how to structure their pitch, how to build a complementary deck, and how to deliver the pitch to get the right result.

11 AM-5 PM YurHouse powered by Samsung NEXT

The events of 2017 catalyzed a formidable movement, and it’s beginning to shift power structures across industries and behavioral norms from the ground floor to the C-suite. Women are speaking truth and being heard, from the gilded stage of the Golden Globe Awards to newsrooms to dinner-table conversations. Game-changing firms KITE & DFlash want to build on this movement’s momentum and do our part to change the status quo in tech.

With our unique position at the intersection of Enterprise+Startups, Brands & Culture, we asked ourselves, “What if we can help address both power/access and pipeline issues? What if we can shine a light on great female founders and bring together the broader ecosystem to address the power/access challenge together?” This provocation has prompted us to create an event that will feature 100% women speakers/presenters, office hours hosted by female VCs and executives, and a gathering place for people from across the tech industry. Maya Baratz of Techstars will be in attendance.

For the first time during SXSW 2018, YurHouse by DFlash & KITE will be the go-to destination for SXSW Interactive attendees seeking welcome, innovative & inclusive programming, podcasts, startup competitions, networking and a quiet place to work and recharge. Everything we do will embody our mission: Our house is YurHouse.

Monday, March 12th

Pitch Competition for Underrepresented Founders, with AWS + We Power Tech

The future of tech is every color, gender, belief, origin, and community. The future of tech is accessible, flexible, and inclusive. To spread this message at SXSW and beyond, Capital Factory is hosting a Pitch Competition for Underrepresented Founders in collaboration with the AWS Startup Team and AWS We Power Tech. Join judges Arlan Hamilton, Founder & Managing Director @ Backstage Capital, Dana Callender, Co-founder & Chief Operations Officer @ DivInc, Lara Jeremko, Founder & Managing Partner @ Beyond Ventures, Roger Chen, Principal @ Silverton Partners, Zain Gulamali, Manager @ Amazon Alexa Fund, and Zoe Schlag, Managing Director @ Techstars Impact to cheer on participating companies.


Amos Schwartzfarb Amos Schwartzfarb
Managing Director of Techstars Austin Accelerator. Amos has more than 15 years of sales leadership and strategy experience in software, digital, advertising and entertainment. Before joining Techstars, Amos served as co-founder and Head of Customer Development at Joust. @iamamoslee