They came to Austin, Texas from far and wide — places as far removed from each other as Atlanta and Austria, Salt Lake City and Stockholm, New York and Tokyo … you name it.
Their mission? Plain and simple: to win the Accelerator competition in their particular category at SXSW’s StartUp Village.
This is the place to not only win, but also to become known.
"Over the past six years of companies competing in SXSW Accelerator, more than 50 percent have gone on to receive funding in excess of $1.7 billion and 12 percent of the companies have been acquired," said SXSW Accelerator Event Producer Chris Valentine.
But making it into the competition isn’t easy.