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8 March - 15 March 2013

Winners will be announced on the 22nd, but you can still watch all the interviews here!

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Contest Prizes

Win prizes, startup services and meetings with 20+ top investors

The winners will also receive press coverage by VentureBeat and will be invited to brief the editorial team at VentureBeat's headquarters in San Francisco or New York

How It Works:

Entrepreneurs pitch their startup on camera to the official team. After the video of their pitch is posted, startups can promote their link on Fandrop to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and G+. Those with the most votes and “shares” will win. Fandrop also provides analytics for startups entered in the competition. At, voters will be able to see a startup’s interview answers, timed under a stopwatch at 30-second intervals.

Enter Now:

Startups will compete in more than ten categories, including Best Mobile, Best Consumer, Best Bootstrapped, Best Overall, Investors’ Pick, and VentureBeat Pick, along with daily winners. The prize package includes app packages, and meetings with more than 20 investors/venture capitalists. The competition runs from the start of SXSW Interactive on March 8th and ends on March 15th. Fans can vote starting March 9th. Daily winners will be announced at Other category winners will be announced on March 20th.

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Friday, March 8, 2013
2 – 6pm Exhibit Hall 2, Convention Center, Austin, Texas
Saturday, March 9, 2013
2 – 6pmThe WinSXSW team will be filming onsite at the following startup events:
  • ff Massive
  • The Lean Startup SXSW
  • TechStars Conquers SXSW
  • Tech Cocktail Startup Celebration
  • VentureBeat Party
For our exact location, you can check our twitter account here.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
2 – 8pm
  • 2-4:30pm Floodgate Capital Party
  • 4:30-6pm Bubbletank
  • 7pm VentureBeat Party
  • 8pm KPCB startup salon
Monday, March 11, 2013
1 – 4pm TBD

Other interview locations to be announced @winsxsw or register now by email here to receive alerts

If you are unable to make it during the interview hours, special scheduling arrangements can be made by emailing