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The third annual SXSW V2Venture Vegas-style pitch competition will take place on Wednesday, July 22 at Bellagio Las Vegas in Las Vegas. A live audience, as well as a panel of expert judges will discover advancements in various sectors of emerging technology. Catch a glimpse of the industry's future, with a guided tour by our emcees and judges.

We are no longer accepting applications.


Mohanjit Jolly
Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Mohanjit manages DFJ's India portfolio, serves as a board member of U.S.-based companies, and leads DFJ's business development efforts. Mohanjit currently serves on the Boards of Retrofit, Piqora, Attero, Bharat Light and Power, Canvera, Cleartrip, dlight design, iYogi, and Naseeb Networks. Mohanjit is also actively involved with the DFJ's investment in Komli. He has worked with and invested in technology startups since 1998.

Leah Hunter
Fast Company

A journalist who covers the human side of emerging tech, Leah Hunter co-created the Design of Wearables series for California College of the Arts. She guest lectures at NYU, The University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, and UC Berkeley. She shows up on stages around the world - usually in boots. 


Renata Akhunova
Partner, Formula VC Venture Fund

Wayne Chang
Head of Product Marketing, Twitter

John Fein
Managing Director, Techstars

Christine Herron
Director, Intel

Hany Nada
Managing Partner, GGV Capital

Charles Hudson
Partner, SoftTech VC

Ben Ling
Partner, Khosla Ventures

Lev Mass
Partner, XSeed Capital

David S. Rose
CEO, Gust

Andy Sack
Partner, Founder's Co-Op

JC Simbana
Vice President, Life Science & Digital Health, Silicon Valley Bank

Bryan Stolle
General Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures

Lisa Suennen
Venture Valkyrie Consulting, LLC

Jeff Tannenbaum
Principal, BlueRun Ventures

Michael Yang
Managing Director, Comcast Ventures


  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - V2Venture application open

  • Friday, May 1, 2015 - V2Venture application deadline

  • Monday, June 15, 2015 - V2Venture finalists announced

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - V2Venture competition dry-run and coaching

  • Wednesday, July, 22 2015 - V2Venture competition and awards ceremony


All SXSW V2Venture for 2015 applications must fall within one of the following categories.

  • Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies
    The Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies category encompasses applications and technologies that facilitate comprehension and application of information. These startups seek to improve productivity and management of data, analytics, text, documents, and engagement for business and individual use.

  • Entertainment and Content Technologies
    The Entertainment and Content Technologies category highlights applications and technologies for gaming, music, film, television, video, news and publishing, streaming and digital storytelling, as well as new and hybrid forms of entertainment. These are reinventing the ways in which we learn, relax and enjoy our time. This category also contains technologies that focus on other cultural sectors such as sports, travel, mapping, publishing and food as they pertain to entertainment.

  • Health and Wearable Technologies
    The Health and Wearable Technologies category focuses on patient-centric health applications and technologies that connect patients, families, physicians, pharmacists, care providers (hospitals, clinics) and benefit providers to share timely, relevant health data and drive better outcomes at affordable and sustainable cost levels.

  • Social Technologies
    The Social Technologies category includes applications and technologies that enable personal connections. With this category we’re looking for new and interesting uses, cases, products and services, as well as messaging that push the boundaries of how we find, follow and share our lives with others. If your business or service has a social component but is primarily focused on Entertainment, Health or Wearable Technologies, then you should enter one of these other categories instead.

  • Innovative World Technologies
    Any creative and innovative technology that does not fit in another category is encouraged to apply here. We are currently seeing lots of innovation in the Internet of Things, payments and virtual currencies, data security and privacy, transportation such as autonomous vehicles, energy, space, robotics, and artificial intelligence, If your business / service / application applies to one of these fields (or something not on this list that is even more ground-breaking), then this is your category.

Eligibility Requirements

  • A company's product / service must have launched no earlier than July 22, 2014

  • A company's product / service must not be launched after October 22, 2015.

  • Companies will be allowed to submit only one product or service to the SXSW V2Venture.

  • Companies who submit more than one product or service will not be eligible to participate in the SXSW V2Venture.

  • Founders of the applying startup must retain some portion of ownership in the company to be eligible to participate.

  • Must not have raised over five million in funds from combined funding sources.

  • Product or service must fall within one of the SXSW V2Venture categories.

  • Companies cannot have presented in any of the following events: SXSW Accelerator, SXSW ECO Startup Showcase or LAUNCHedu pitch events.

NOTE: If you have entered SXSW Interactive Accelerator, SXSWedu's LAUNCHedu and SXSW Eco's Startup Showcase, but have not been been chosen to compete, you are still eligible to enter SXSW V2Venture.

We are no longer accepting applications.

More Information

  • See the 2015 V2Venture Advisory Board Members

  • As always, you are welcome to send your questions, comments, and suggestions to Chris Valentine.

  • For more information on sponsoring SXSW V2Venture contact Katie King.

  • For press inquiries, contact Kelly Krause.

  • Visit the FAQ to learn more about the application process. And as always, you are welcome to send your questions, comments, and suggestions to Chris Valentine.

Photos courtesy of Emcees