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

Recognized as a global thought leader in the startup ecosystem, Reza Chowdhury offers more than 15 years experience in emerging technology, which he brings to AlleyWatch as CEO and Founder. Through the course of his career, Reza has had the privilege of working to drive businesses from conception to eventual exit by deploying the acumen gained in his previous roles. His latest professional endeavors have allowed him to work very closely with thriving global technology and startup ecosystem.

Reza is also the founder of New York Startup Lab, which brings technology and knowledge based solutions to the entrepreneurial community with a specific focus on early stage companies. He began his career as securities trader on Wall Street.

Reza is often a featured international speaker, moderator, and judge at numerous events on technology and global entrepreneurship and was a featured presenter at the first Facebook Developer Garage in NYC. Both Reza and the companies he has been involved with have received accolades and recognition from prominent organizations including the fbFund. Reza was has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in NYC Tech by TechWeek on several occasions and is a NYC Venture Fellow, a world-class, year-long fellowship program designed to help high-potential entrepreneurs scale their ventures.

Reza is also an advisor to SD Asia and Dublin Globe, two organizations that are fostering the growth of local entrepreneurial ecosystems as well as an Mentor to the Grameenphone Accelerator.

Reza holds an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Georgetown University and completed his bachelors in Economics at the University at Albany. Reza has also completed certification programs in Private Equity and Venture Capital at Oxford University as well as International Business at New York University.

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