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Startups de América Latina: Invitación a SXSW

Si tienes una startup tecnológica a estas alturas del partido seguro ya conoces SXSW (South By South West), un festival que se realiza una vez al año en Austin Texas. El evento que naciera como un festival de música ha tomado muchísima relevancia en el campo tecnológico en los últimos años y para prueba de ello se vale decir que fue el evento en donde startups como Twitter y Forusquare “se lanzaron” oficialmente usando a todo el festival como conejillos de indias.

El “track” del festival enfocado en tecnología y startups en SXSW es conocido como “Interactive”, y complementa el track de “Music” y “Film”.

Después de haber asistido durante 3 años consecutivos, la gente de SXSW me ha invitado a formar parte de su consejo de asesores (advisory board) para el evento de startups dentro del festival conocido como 2013 SXSW Accelerator. 

El evento es una gran oportunidad para startups que quieran recibir visibilidad y mucho networking en Estados Unidos, la oportunidad de conocer a mucha gente en este campo y hasta posibles inversionistas. En ediciones pasadas, el evento ha tenido de jueces a personalidades de la talla de Paul Graham de Y Combinator, Chris Sacca de Lowercase Capital, Chris Huges de Jumo, Don Dodge de Google y mucho más. la convocatoria tiene ciertas bases y requisitos pero está abierta a todas las startups de América Latina. Es una oportunidad única que no pueden dejar pasar.

Algunas notas importantes sobre la convocatoria son:

-La invitación está abierta a todas las startups tecnológicas de América Latina pero deben de cumplir con las condiciones publicadas en el sitio http://sxsw.com/interactive/startupvillage/accelerator/

-El evento tiene un costo de $200 USD por registo por startup que puede ser reembolsable, es importante aclarar que eso dependerá de los organizadores de SXSW pero pueden preguntar por el reembolso directamente en su solicitud para el evento. El costo de la inscripción a 2012 SXSW Accelerator es independiente al costo del badge para asistir a SXSW.

-La fecha límite para inscribir su startup es el Viernes 9 de Noviembre.

-Sobra decirlo, pero por si acaso: el evento es totalmente en inglés por lo que es requerido un entendimiento bueno del idioma, para hacer la presentación y networking en el evento.

Si tienes una startup o conoces a otras startups o fundadores que puedan estar interesados en esto, comparte esta información y en la forma de registro de su startup no olviden mencionarme, esto es solo por un tema de control para saber qué startup llegó por quién (@akirareiko – Oscar Yasser Noriega).

Les dejo toda la convocatoria en inglés:

2013 SXSW Accelerator:

Entry Deadline Is Friday, November 9

 

Take advantage of the opportunity to showcase your emerging technology product or service in front of industry leaders by participating in the 2013 SXSW Accelerator. This event takes place on March 11 and 12 as a part of the SXSW Interactive Festival, during which you can improve your product launch, attract venture capitalists, polish your elevator pitch, receive media exposure, build brand awareness, network, socialize and experience all that SXSW Interactive has to offer. The deadline to register is Friday, November 9, less than a few months away, so visit http://sxsw.com/interactive/startupvillage/accelerator/enter

today.

 

1)      Deadline:

Friday, November 9

 

2)      Launch date eligibility requirements:

a.       A company’s product / service must have launched no earlier than March, 15, 2012.

b.      A company’s product / service must not be launched after June 15, 2013.

c.       Companies will be allowed to submit only one product / services to the SXSW Accelerator event. Companies who submit more than one product / services will not be eligible to participate in the SXSW Accelerator event.

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

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

3)      Is there an application fee?  Can it be waived?

a.       Yes, a non-refundable $200 entry fee will be required from all applicants who would like to be considered for participation in the event.

b.      Yes, We want companies to participate and in no way do we want to be exclusive which is why we are so open to waiving the fee.

4)      Applicants must be within one of the six categories:

a.       Entertainment and Gaming Technologies – This category pertains to applications and technologies for film, music, television, and gaming, as well as new and hybrid forms of entertainment that are reinventing the ways in which we relax, unwind, and have fun

b.      Mobile Technologies – This category pertains to applications and  those technologies related to that which allows users to connect by portable devices such as tablets, phones and other connected devices.

c.       Innovative Web Technologies – This category pertains to applications and technologies that have the ambition to change the Web as we know it. Right now we’re seeing lots of innovation in real-time search, augmented reality, the “Web Wide World”, artificial intelligence and the Semantic Web, recommendations technologies, personalization technologies, and “big data”. But that’s just the beginning

d.      Social Technologies – This category pertains to applications and technologies that help people connect. With this category we’re looking for new and interesting uses, cases, as well as technologies that push the boundaries of how we find, follow and share information with others

e.       Health Technologies- This category is about patient-centric health applications and technologies that connect patients, families, physicians, pharmacists, care providers (hospital, clinics) and benefit providers-aka the care team-to share timely, relevant health data and drive better outcomes at affordable and sustainable cost levels.

f.       News Technologies- This category pertains to applications and technologies to support the dissemination of news and information for communities, both on the content side or on the underlying business model side (for example advertising). This could include technologies related to data, text, documents, mapping, engagement, among other areas.

 

5)      We SXSW announce the Judges and Emcee before the event?

Yes, the Judges and Emcees who are industry experts and/or investors from the financial community will be announced later this year on the SXSW website.  Here is an example of past Judges and Emcees – Tim Draper of DFJ, MC Hammer of Wiredoo/Musician, Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media, Paul Graham of Y Combinator, Guy Kawasaki of Alltop, Craig Newmark of CraigList, Robert Scoble of Rackspace / Scoblizer, Chris Shipley of Guidewire Group, Chris Sacca of Lowercase Capital, Paige Craig, Adam Ostrow of Mashable, Chris Hughes of Jumo / Facebook, Mark Suster of GRP, Albert Wenger of Union Square Venture, Naval Ravikant of AngelList, Don Dodge of Google, Tom Conrad of Pandora, Scott Weiss of Andreessen Horowitz, Michael Robertson of MP3tunes, Richard MacManus of ReadWriteWeb, and Jeff Pulver of 140 Conference to name a few.

 

6)      Where can I get more information:

Visit the Accelerator website at http://sxsw.com/interactive/startupvillage/accelerator/