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SXSW Interactive kicks off on Friday and runs through March 12. The Startup Weekend team is en route to Austin and we are excited to announce the events we will be co-hosting and attending with our partners and friends:


A Celebration of America’s Startups: Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater

Come party with us (free drinks involved) on Saturday, March 9th, 7:00 – 11:30pm at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre. Admission is free for all SXSWi badge holders. RSVP here.

What better way to celebrate startup pioneers and the future of entrepreneurship in America than with live music from Bootsy Collins, the King of Funk! This year’s “A Celebration of American Startups” event is presented by Startup Texas, Startup America and the Austin Chamber of Commerce, and will feature influential entrepreneurial leaders from around the country.


  • Steve Case, AOL Co-Founder, Revolution CEO, Startup America Chairman
  • Scott Case, Priceline founding CTO, Startup America CEO
  • Tristan Walker, former Foursquare BD, Andreessen Horowitz EIR
  • Brad Smith, Intuit CEO
  • Dhani Jones, NFL star
  • And You


Be the first to preview “Jobs”, the Steve Jobs biopic, set to be released April 19th, 2013.  A special dedication and exclusive preview will be revealed from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.


Additional performances by Sam James, who most recently appeared on The Voice, and Larry G[EE].

Grab your SXSWi badge and dancing shoes and come celebrate with us!



Amazon Web Services’s Startup Weekend Alumni and Organizers Meet and Greet:

When: Sunday March 10 4:30-6pm

Where: AWS Booth 1417/1419 at the Austin Convention Center Trade Show

Who: All Startup Weekend alumni and volunteers are welcome

What: Join us at the Amazon Web Services booth to meet with Startup Weekend alumni and organizers. We’ll be having a cocktail reception where you can meet the AWS Startups team and ask any questions you have regarding our technology partnership with AWS, which is available for all Startup Weekend attendees in 2013. There will also be some fun swag giveaways too!


Microsoft Bizspark “Meatup” For Startups:

When: Monday March 11 5:30-8:30pm

Where: Old School Bar & Grill, Austin, TX

Who: RSVP Here. SXSW conference badge not required.

What: Chat with Microsoft evangelists and representatives at Startup Weekend, Startup America and Startup Grind while enjoying a cold beverage.


Startup America LIVE:

Our friends, Startup America Partnership, will be hosting a comprehensive line of events from Friday March 8-Monday March 11. Some highlights include:

Friday, March 8

4:30pm – 5:00pm: Design Revolution
How the core of new startup innovation starts with a designer.

Saturday, March 9

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Startups & Media
Media coverage can be huge for startups; hone your pitch and get feedback from these leading startup reporters.

3:30pm – 4:30pm: The Future of Crowdfunding

How will crowdfunding affect your startup? These panelists will walk you through the ins and outs of the potential of this new source of capital.

Sunday, March 10

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Ask the VC
Hear from some of the most prominent investors in the country, pitch them your startup and get immediate feedback!

3:30pm – 4:30pm: Dolphin Tank
Pitch your startup to this group of successful entrpreneurs and get immediate feedback.

Monday, March 11

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Fostering Startup Communities

  • How can we provide the talent, support and networks necessary for startup communities to thrive throughout the country?

3:30pm – 4:30pm: Accelerators

Hear from the Managing Directors of some of the top accelerators in the country, learn what it takes to make the cut and give them your pitch!

Office Hours

All members of Startup America have the opportunity to sign up for office hours with our panelists and partners. If you are interested in meeting with one of the companies listed below, pre-register by emailing officehours@s.co with your NAME, TITLE and COMPANY along with the panelists and/or partners that you are interested in meeting with at Startup LIVE.

For more information, a complete schedule and updates on Startup America events, please visit their SXSW schedule page and office hours. 

See you in Austin!