SXSW Accelerator Deadline is Friday

SXSW Startup VillageSXSW Accelerator returns for its sixth edition to showcase some of the web’s most exciting innovations – do you know a company that could be one?

This event provides an outlet for companies to present their new technology of Entertainment and Content products, Social, Enterprise and Big Data Technologies, Innovative World, Wearable, Music, or Health technology to a panel of industry experts, early adopters, and representatives from the Angel / VC community.

Past judges have included Tim Draper of DFJ, Paul Graham of Y Combinator, Craig Newmark of Craiglist, Bob Metcalfe of University of Texas, Guy Kawasaki of Alltop, Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media, Naval Ravikant of AngelList, and Tom Conrad of Pandora to name a few.

We invite your company to join us for this incredible event, as we highlight the technology market’s most impressive new innovations.  The application deadline is Friday, November 8, and the event itself will be Saturday, March 8 to Sunday, March 9, 2014 in Austin Texas.

Please apply at http://sxsw.com/interactive/accelerator

SXSW Accelerator Deadline is Friday

UT Engineering Undergrads Host the Official Austin Startup Crawl AfterParty

Larry Chiang investigates and accelerates pre-entrepreneurship. He covers the front-lines via Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s channel “What They Don’t Teach You at Business School.” He has a JBA, Jedi in Business Administration. He’s mastered the Vulcan (mentor) mind meld. After Chiang’s Harvard Law keynote, Harvard Business wrote: “What They Don’t Teach You at Stanford Business School“ (the same title as his NY Times bestseller). If you read his scandalously awesome “How to Hack at AfterParty“, “What a Supermodel Can Teach a Stanford MBA” and “How to Get Man-Charm”, you will like his latest post:

I do what Augie Garrido mentors UT baseball players to do: Question authority while following the rules. It is in the ESPN movie, “Inning by Inning.”

The establishment will have you think: AfterParties cost a lot of money and require an open bar and alcohol. Well, me and a bunch of UT undergrads just produced an event for zero money. Johnny Van, Tom Bruhis, Dakota Gordon, Irene Nguyen, and Jin Tang.

Tom Bruhis, junior in engineering

The old way was an ultimate success formula – I concocted, developed an ultimate success algorithm that I break down into a tactical, step-by-step recipe… A Gua Gua Guacamole recipe

Official Afterparty for Startup Crawl

It involves
– pattern recognition (this is what you rely on mentors for)
– pattern replication
– pattern iteration

AfterParties are entrepreneurial because hosting them flexes your entrepreneur promotion muscles. It also is a tactical nuke that you can park anywhere that allows you an explosion to generate a Tidal Wave of Momentum. My critics call it a “Perpetual Promotion Machine”

I am going to wrap this Austin entrepreneur blog post by quoting a California transplant into Texas: Augie Garrido. Coach Garrido thinks that baseball practice has a tempo and a rhythm to it. Well, I think that the practice of entrepreneurship should be the same. It is not a perfection, it is a practice.

I broke into an industry by hacking the Fair Isaac credit card credit score algorithm. I crashed film school with another algorithm. I authored 13 algorithms that I dumbed down into “Gua Gua Guacamole”. My algorithms could get sold, but I give them away. It’s cuz I’m rich and hiLarryAss.

What a Supermodel Can Teach a Bank President About Credit
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a party invite for you…

You can read more equally funny, but non-founder-focused-lessons on Larry’s Amazon blog

UT Engineering Undergrads Host the Official Austin Startup Crawl AfterParty

SXSW Accelerator Deadline on Sunday

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Photo courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/placethings/ (Some Rights Reserved)

One thing I noticed at SXSW last year was that Startup Village was absolutely packed — lines to get into every session. The legacy SXSW sessions, well, not so much. Perhaps next year all the startup activity will move to the convention center where there will be more room?

If you want your startup to be part of that energy, SXSW Accelerator returns for its fifth edition to showcase some of the web’s most exciting innovations – do you know a company that could be one? This event provides an outlet for companies to present their new online entertainment and gaming products, social, mobile, innovative web, news, music, or health technology to a panel of industry experts, early adopters, and representatives from the Angel / VC community.  Past judges have included Tim Draper of DFJ, Chris Hughes of Facebook and Jumo, Paul Graham of Y Combinator, Craig Newmark of Craiglist, Robert Scoble of Rackspace and Scobleizer, Jeff Pulver of 140 Conference, Chris Shipley of Demo and Guidewire, Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media and Tom Conrad of Pandora to name a few.  We invite your company to join us for this incredible event, as we highlight the technology market’s most impressive new innovations.  The application deadline is Friday, November 9, and the event itself will be March 11-13, 2013 in Austin, Texas.   Please apply at http://sxsw.com/interactive/startupvillage/accelerator  or if you are a music technology companies visit http://sxsw.com/music/startupvillage/accelerator.

SXSW Accelerator Deadline on Sunday

An Update on Austin Tech Accelerators

mobileTech Tuesday, by Steve Guengerich

A couple of items that recently crossed my desk inspired today’s post. The first item was a wonderful list of incubator/accelerator programs, sorted by their respective deadline dates for participation, from the team at Launch.

My own firm, Appconomy, had the opportunity to work with the Launch team and conference in February as we readied our first commercial app, Grouped{in}.  It was a good process and while we got both negative and positive reviews, as one should expect, the overall experience definitely made us stronger.

The second item was the well-deserved write-up on TechRanch in Monday’s print edition of the Austin American-Statesman by Lori Hawkins.  Many of you know Kevin, Jonas, and Graham, as well as the mentors, sponsors, and other key participants in the Tech Ranch solar system – fine people all.

So, with those two items to spur me on, I began to make a list of the similar organized resources. Mind you, these aren’t just for mobile firms. But, many of them have tended to attract a healthy number of mobile deals in recent years. So, without further adieu:

Tech-focused incubators/accelerators

Austin Technology Incubator: http://ati.utexas.edu/ – the “grand old man” of the Austin tech scene, ATI’s affiliation with UT-Austin and IC2 give it staying power. Member companies get mentorship, low cost office space, and assistance

Capital Factory: http://www.capitalfactory.com/ – founded by Josh Baer and partners, Cap Factory has been going strong with its 10 week accelerator program for several years, with participating companies pitching at the capstone Demo Day. Hurricane Party, among notable app-making alumni, was the sleeper hit of SXSWi 2011.

Tech Ranch: http://techranchaustin.com/ – read the Statesman article above…they are great.

Venture Labs: http://www.mootcorp.org/ – Venture Labs and the Venture Labs Investment Competition are the producer and event program, respectively, of what many refer to as the “superbowl” of MBA investment competitions. In recent years, Venture Labs has expanded beyond mentoring just competition winners to providing services to other promising entrepreneurial ventures as well

Event-related programs

SXSW Accelerators: Interactive (http://sxsw.com/interactive/accelerator) and Music (http://sxsw.com/music/accelerator) – if you’ve paid any attention to Southby in recent years – especially Interactive – I don’t need to tell you that this isn’t an Austin event, it’s an international event that is held in Austin. Thus, it’s not surprising that there was a lone Austin company (Portalarium) qualifying as an Accelerator finalist among a sea of California firms

InnoTech Beta Summit: http://www.innotechconferences.com/austin/ – the Beta Summit is a classic pitch program that has become a favorite of this mainstay regional IT conference. There’s no money at risk, per se’, but the bragging rights and opportunity to be mentored and ‘discovered’ by a sophisticated audience of buyers, purchase influencers, and occasional investors are definitely worth the application

There are a couple of other events that have had a unique accelerator twist to them in the past – Startup Weekend (http://Austin.startupweekend.org) and ArtSpark Festival (http://www.hbmgfoundation.org/) – but they both seem to be on hiatus currently and somewhat episodic, depending on sponsor and participant interest.

Entrepreneurial/Niche programs

If what you are looking for is of a more general entrepreneurial nature , then there are a range of groups to help, including:

These are the tip of the iceberg, with more on this handy Austin entrepreneurship scene mindmap.  There are also specialty incubator/accelerator groups to lend a hand. Two noteworthy ones are:

Technology Business Accelerator: http://www.ic2.utexas.edu/global/innovative-products-solutions/technology-business-accelerator-te-2.html – a crazy-long URL with a very practical intent… to provide business acceleration services to Mexican companies desiring to launch entrepreneurial efforts in the US, especially leveraging the Austin tech scene

Creative Media Center, managed by the Austin Music Foundation (AMF): http://www.facebook.com/austinmusicfoundation#!/cmcamf?sk=info – the follow-through by the City of Austin, the AMF, and a host of other key stakeholders on a long-time commitment to eventually provide a space where creative types could go to get mentoring, studio time, and business assistance.

Co-working

Speaking of “providing a space,” I’d be remiss if I didn’t put in at least a quick plug for a handful of the co-working, co-space locations that are available around town, including:

While the menu of business assistance services and formal mentorship range from place to place, many of them have fans who swear by the collegial, informal network of smart, experienced people with whom they are able to discuss ideas and problem solve.

That’s a wrap, for now. I know I’ve left a bunch of options off of the list, from venture associates programs at AV or CTAN, to company-sponsored internal incubators, and more.

If you have an Austin area program that is noteworthy or that you especially favor, please tell us about it in the comments – in particular if it specializes in app development or other mobile tech.

An Update on Austin Tech Accelerators

SXSW Accelerator Deadline Coming

Microsoft Bizspark is back again to sponsor the 2010 SXSW Accelerator program. Expanded to 2 days, this is a great showcase for emerging technology companies to get their product or service in front of the world. Accelerator takes place March 15-16th during the SXSW Interactive Festival. Who could forget judges such as Guy Kawasaki, whose insightful quips frequently became retweet material?

The format will be slightly different this year. 32 companies will be chosen to present on day one, and the top 12 will be invited to return on day two. If you make the top 12, you get to present in front of a whole new panel of judges and audience members. Last years winner, TubeMogul, has seen revenues triple and headcount double since last year’s program.

The registration deadline is December 6th, so don’t miss out! Click here to apply. Photo credit to Brad King.

SXSW Accelerator Deadline Coming