These are the 6 Startups that Killed It at SXSW Accelerator This Year

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2016 and once again, the tech world just descended on Austin to participate in one of the largest tech events on the planet – SXSW Interactive. The buzz this year at the festival was focused on anything VR. All over Austin, we’d hear about VR this and VR that with an occasional “machine learning” thrown in here and there on the streets lined with sleek, shiny brand activations . While this year’s talk of the town may have been VR, one of the most consistent events is the annual SXSW Accelerator, which sees 48 startups finalists from hundreds of globaly entries compete for prizes including cash, gifts, tickets to next year’s event – and most importantly, a chance to capture the heralded SXSW spotlight.

Since 2009, the Accelerator has been a fertile ground for some of the most creative new ideas in technology which have gone on to raise a total of $2.6B in funding. This year, expert judges including David Aronoff, David S. Rose, Paige Craig, Hamet Watt, and Kay Koplovitz qualified the field of applicants from six categories including Enterprise and Smart Data, Entertainment and Content, Health and Wearables, Innovative World Technologies, Payment and Fintech, and of course Virtual Reality.

The last company featured was the belle of the ball at this year’s interactive.





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About the author: Reza Chowdhury

Reza Chowdhury is the CEO and Founder of AlleyWatch, the largest media property focused on the NYC tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem. He is also the Founder of New York Startup Lab, a software development firm with a specific focus on early stage companies. Previously, Reza was involved with several entrepreneurial ventures and began his career as securities trader on Wall Street. Recognized as a global thought leader, Reza has been named one of the 100 most influential people in NYC Tech by TechWeek on multiple occasions and is a NYC Venture Fellow, a world-class, year-long fellowship program designed to help high-potential entrepreneurs scale their ventures. Reza routinely speaks on the global startup ecosystem and is an advisor to advisor to SD Asia and Dublin Globe, two organizations that are fostering the growth of local entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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