logoSouth by Southwest is best known for its annual “spring break for techies” festival in March.
But SXSW also produces SXSW Eco, which takes place Oct. 7 through Oct 9th at the Austin Convention Center.
The Austin Technology Incubator and Austin Energy are partners in producing the event.
This year SXSW Eco features Startup Central with programming focused on entrepreneurship and investment in greentech, cleanweb and social impact. Startup Central includes panels, professional development opportunities and networking events.
One of the highlights of Startup Central is the Startup Showcase, which takes place on Oct. 8th from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. It is an investor pitch competition featuring 25 startup finalists selected from applications worldwide. The companies will compete in front of VCs, investors and judges in three categories: Cleanweb, Greentech and Social Impact.
The finalists in the Cleanweb category include: Bandwagon, Fluitec Wind, Growing Energy Labs (GELI), Shoal Market, Used Cardboard Boxes, WaterSmart Software.
Social Impact: Beyonic, Librii, Portapure, Sseko, Team Rubicon, VOZ Apparel
Greentech: 1Energy Systems, AdBm, Blue River Technology, California Safe Soil (CSS), Microbiotecnologia Aplicada Dos Rios (MBTA2R), New Sky Energy, Rentricity, SecureWaters, SmarterShade, Sunamp Limited, Sylvatex, Zagster, GreenWizard
SXSW Eco also features Ignite, by SURGE Accelerator, from noon until 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7th, featuring mini-meetings with startup representatives, investors and strategic partners. And Startup Springboard, presented by J.M. Ornstein also takes place on Monday from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. The exhibition showcases 16 top early stage cleantech and social impact companies from around the world. Those companies include: Ecoscape Solutions, Effortless Energy, Halfsies, The Hometown Revival, Mapdwell, Maya Bamboo, Meshify, Optimal Eco, Repetual, SegUrWay, Sembraire, Agrarian Freedom Project, Stony Creek Colors, SynShark.
To register for Startup Central and Ignite visit SXSW Eco.