Deadline: Applications open on December 9, 2019, and are open to the first 200 applicants | Apply here
Date: March 13, 2020
For a team to be eligible to compete, at least one current founder who is a current student (two maximum) must be present in Austin for the competition on March 13, 2020, during SXSW. We accept early-stage ideas from all categories. Startups with more than $500,000 in previous funding or over $100,000 in monthly recurring revenue will not be considered for this competition.
Location: Austin, the United States

SXSW PitchTexas Student Startup Pitch Competition 2020

The University of Texas at Austin is proud to present the 7th Annual 2020 SXSW Student Startup PitchTexas Competition—with prize money of $50,000.

In an opportunity of a lifetime, startups led by university students from across the country will compete to impress and win over the savvy entrepreneur and venture-capitalist judges for up to $50,000 in cash prizes, bragging rights, and a chance to inspire the SXSW crowd.

This is the seventh year for the PitchTexas competition at SXSW, started and run by the Texas McCombs MBA Entrepreneurship Society, a graduate student organization at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. ​

Pitch for $50,000 in cash prizes

The top 16 PitchTexas applicants will compete at preliminary rounds on March 13, 2020, at the Fairmont Austin during the University of Texas SXSW Activation.

Later in the day, four finalists will take the stage and pitch in front of a live audience, field tough questions from the judges, and do their best to win the SXSW 2020 PitchTexas.


Winners will be announced and cash prizes awarded at the end of the competition. Finalists will also benefit from exposure at the official event during SXSW’s Entrepreneurship & Startups Track.

  • 1st prize $35,000
  • 2nd prize $10,000
  • 3rd prize $5,000

Interested in applying for the New Venture Championship 2020? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.

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