Every Spring, some 75,000 people from all over the world, come to SXSW in Austin, Texas for the largest music, interactive and film festival in the world.
Last year, Israeli company, Samba.me applied, and was the winner in the social category of the SXSW Accelerator program, which returns for its seventh edition, showcasing some of the most exciting startup innovations in technology.
This event provides an outlet for early stage companies to present their new technology within one of the six categories (Entertainment and Content Technologies, Social Technologies, Enterprise and Big Data Technologies, Innovative World Technologies, Wearable Technologies, Digital Health & Life Sciences Technologies) and to a panel of industry experts, early adopters, and representatives from the Angel / VC community.
Past judges have included Tim Draper of DFJ, John Sculley of Apple/Pepsi, Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media, Paul Graham of Y Combinator, Naval Ravikant of AngelList, Guy Kawasaki of Alltop, Chris Sacca of Lowercase Capital, Chris Hughes of New Republic/Facebook, Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures, Albert Wenger of Union Square Venture, Scott Weiss of Andreessen Horowitz, and Bob Metcalfe of Ethernet/3Com to name a few.
The State of Israel’s Economic Mission to the U.S. Southern Region will have an official presence at SXSW 2015, with programming opportunities and a chance to be part of Israel’s innovation at its best.
If you’re an Israeli startup I’d like to encourage you to submit your application by Friday, November 7, and plan to be in Austin for the event next March.
Disclosure: SXSW is a partial sponsor of my current adventure in Israel.