Tech Cocktail’s 2013 SXSW Startup Celebration Sponsored by CEA and .CO

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The 2013 SXSW Startup Celebration was our biggest one yet. Thousands of people came out to The Stage on Sixth in Austin during SXSW Interactive to attend live interviews, a free lunch, the DC Tech Meetup, the Power Hour Pitch Jam, and our mixer and startup showcase.

While SXSW can wear down even the strongest among us, it was so invigorating to meet Tech Cocktail supporters from around the country. We hope to see more of you next year!

In the meantime, here’s a recap of the event.

Interview Series

Throughout the day, Tech Cocktail marketing director Zach Davis was on stage doing video interviews with 20 entrepreneurs and tech leaders from across the country

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Thank you to Yappem, the title sponsor of Tech Cocktail’s special SXSW video series. And thank you to Keep America Beautiful, the supporting video sponsor.


To give SXSWers a break from all the BBQ, we served up a twist on the classic startup meal, ramen. As attendees fueled up for the day, Keep America Beautiful’s president and CEO, Matt McKenna, took the stage to announce the nonprofit’s impact goals for recycling, cleaning up communities, and planting trees and gardens this year. Afterward, McKenna sat down for a video interview:

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Thank you to our lunch sponsors: Keep America Beautiful, .CO, and American Airlines

DC Tech Meetup

The DC tech community, many of whom had traveled over 1,300 miles to get to Austin, came out in full strength to represent their hometown. And they weren’t the only ones. Along with some of his colleagues, DC mayor Vincent Gray stopped by the Startup Celebration to show his support (and share a few insights). One of Mayor Gray’s goals is to make DC the most competitive technology city on the East Coast.

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Thank you to our DC Tech Meetup sponsors: Washington, DC Economic Partnership, the DC government, Keep America Beautiful, and iStrategyLabs

Power Hour Pitch Jam

In keeping with the fast pace of SXSW, we put 29 startups on stage for 60 seconds each. Based on these lightning pitches, judges voted for the best startup, most disruptive startup, and best pitch. The judges included Michael Chasen of Blackboard, Matt Galligan of Circa, and Neal Sales-Griffin of The Starter League.

Congratulations to our winners:


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Mixer and Startup Showcase 

To cap off the night, we did what we do best: the classic Tech Cocktail mixer and startup showcase. Twenty-nine startups were stationed at booths around the Stage on Sixth ready to greet passers-by, pass out schwag, and create some buzz. (We hear someone actually got funded that night.)

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Also on hand were our great mixer and startup showcase sponsors. Thanks to our title sponsors CEA and .CO, as well as Keep America Beautiful, TreeSwing, American Airlines, and Revolution.

Also check out: Past SXSW Events

2012: Tech Cocktail SXSW Startup Life Celebration Presented by .CO

2011: Tech Cocktail SXSW Presented by LiveShare from Cooliris

2010: Tech Cocktail SXSW: Blackout Sunday