Innovation. Technology. Entrepreneurship. Innovation is the fuel that drives Austin’s economy Austin is the number one region to start and grow an innovationbased business. From startup to scaling up, Austin provides the talent, capital and ecosystem assets that high-growth companies need to succeed. —TALENT Austin is a regional hotbed of innovation where the creative class is embraced, encouraged and supported. —CAPITAL Austin is an investment hotspot with myriad sources of angel investment, venture capital and private equity, with access to national networks of investors. —INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM Austin has a thriving community of entrepreneurs and a large network of incubators, accelerators, co-working organizations and coding schools. —DELL MEDICAL SCHOOL AND INNOVATION DISTRICT Innovation at the Dell Medical School extends from the school’s groundbreaking curriculum and new campus to the Innovation Zone that’s developing in downtown Austin. AUSTIN’S A-LIST OF THE HOTTEST STARTUPS The Austin Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with South by Southwest, names Austin’s most innovative, scalable startups. Now heading into its 7th year, recognition on this prestigious list increases the visibility of Austin’s most fundable and innovative startups. The Austin A-List includes three investment stage segments—emerging, growth and scale—representing a broad spectrum of companies. The Austin region consistently tops national lists for innovation and the development of cutting-edge technologies. The A-List event honors the companies responsible for Austin’s rise to innovative prominence. Austin is a city with deep roots in innovation, thereby serving as home to some of the world’s top entrepreneurs. “The spirit of entrepreneurship continues to thrive in Austin,” said Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer of SXSW. “These startups achieve success via a nurturing support system from the community, and Austin offers this opportunity to flourish.” SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST® CONFERENCE & FESTIVALS SXSW THE IMPACT OF SXSW 2016 ON THE CITY OF AUSTIN TOTALLED $325.3 MILLION For the past 30 years, SXSW has successfully helped creative people achieve their goals while catapulting Austin onto the world stage each March by transforming the city into a global mecca for creative professionals. South By Southwest dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. The continued growth of SXSW reflects its singular ability to bring together creative disciplines across a multitude of industries. With keynote addresses from President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, producer Tony Visconti and presentations by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and director J.J. Abrams, SXSW 2016 provided unprecedented opportunities for creative cross-pollination. SXSW continues to be the single most profitable event for the City of Austin’s hospitality industry. “SXSW is an intersection of creativity, innovation and discovery through the lens of music, film and tech…” – Forbes SXSW ACCELERATOR SXSW ACCELERATOR PITCH EVENT SHOWCASES NEW IDEAS SXSW Accelerator participants received over $3.10 BILLION in Funding from 2009 to 2016. Of the companies who participated, OVER 71% HAVE RECEIVED FUNDING. 14% of the companies who have competed in Accelerator have been acquired. Over the years, the SXSW Accelerator® Pitch Event has provided a platform for the most innoative startups to pitch their great ideas with the goal of matching them with top investors both nationally and internationally. The ninth annual SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event will take place March 11-12, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel Downtown. “SXSW was very special for Beagle Inc. We made some fantastic new connections, had a great opportunity to refine our pitch, and learned a great deal. As a company we are stronger because of SXSW and we are so grateful for the opportunity.” –Cian O’Sullivan Co-Founder & CEO of Beagle “Participating in the Accelerator certainly provided us more exposure to the start-up community and helped validate our company as we went into negotiations with 3D Systems.” –Viztu Co-founder, Ash Martin For more information about SXSW Accelerator and other SXSW Startup Village events, contact Chris Valentine at firstname.lastname@example.org For press inquiries, contact email@example.com Past Judges and Emcees Include: Tim Draper of DFJ, John Sculley of Apple/Pepsi, Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media, Paul Graham of Y Combinator, Naval Ravikant of AngelList, Guy Kawasaki of Alltop, Chris Sacca of Lowercase Capital, Chris Hughes of New Republic/ Facebook, Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures, Albert Wenger of Union Square Venture, Scott Weiss of Andreessen Horowitz, and Bob Metcalfe of Ethernet/3Com to name a few. “…one of the foremost gatherings of tech-oriented, young and influential leaders…” – NBC News CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, is a world-class destination for premium sports and entertainment. It is the first racing facility in the United States purposely built for Formula 1 racing and is designed to host a variety of sports and entertainment events. The Circuit is home to the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, which was named the 2012 “Sports Event of the Year” by SportsBusiness Journal/Daily. Additionally, Circuit of The Americas welcomes spectators from around the world for some of the most prestigious national and international motorsports series, including MotoGP, V8 Supercars, GRAND-AM Road Racing, American Le Mans, and the FIA World Endurance Championships. COTA SPECIFICS • 1,500-acre campus • Signature 3.4-mile, 20-turn racetrack with remarkable elevation changes and a number of challenging turns • Austin360 Amphitheater has capacity for 14,000 guests • 25-story Observation Tower offers 360-degree views of the venue, downtown Austin and Texas Hill Country • Main Grandstand features permanent seating for 9,000, a variety of suites, a hospitality area, and Velocity Lounge • Parking for 25,000 vehicles as well as a permanent helistop FORMULA 1 U.S. GRAND PRIX DRIVING TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION Formula 1 teams are cutting-edge researchers and engineers in the automotive industry and beyond. The technology within the cars has contributed to other industries such as oil and gas, biopharma, information technology, and renewable energy. However, the automotive industry being an area of expertise, Formula 1 racing has provided breakthrough technology that can be transferred directly and easily to passenger cars that are being developed in today’s market. From improving fuel efficiency to safety regulations, Formula 1 racing is not only a spectator sport but an innovative learning tool as well. AUSTIN360 AMPITHEATER The Austin360 Amphitheater, winner of Pollstar’s Best New Major Concert Venue award for 2013, is Austin’s premier destination to see the brightest stars in a world-class, open-air amphitheater. The venue, which is situated within Circuit of The Americas’ 1,500-acre sports and entertainment complex, has room for up to 14,000 guests, offers reserved seating for 6,700, and features a spacious lawn perfect for enjoying unforgettable performances under the stars with family and friends. The amphitheater also boasts the largest permanent stage in Central Texas and has hosted some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, including Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews Band, KISS, Nine Inch Nails, Kanye West, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Mumford & Sons, Maroon 5, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Pitbull, Train, One Republic, Drake, and Lil’ Wayne. DELL MEDICAL SCHOOL & INNOVATION DISTRICT The future of medical education, care and research is taking shape at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, the first medical school in nearly 50 years to be built from the ground up at a top tier Association of American Universities (AAU) research university. Innovation at the Dell Medical School extends from the school’s groundbreaking curriculum and new campus to the Innovation Zone that’s developing in downtown Austin.
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