SXSW Accelerator Call for Innovators and Entrepreneurs!


October 5, 2017, London, UK- The Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) is pleased to announce Christine Souffrant Ntim’s invitation to join the SXSW Accelerator Advisory Board. She was invited to join the board due to her varied contributions to startup ecosystems around the world via her speaking engagements in over 20+ countries a year and her organization- GSE, which is the world’s largest digital accelerator (graduating 1000+ companies across 90+ countries a year). GSE will be engaging communities to apply for the SXSW Accelerator program and welcome all partners to announce this phenomenal opportunity with their constituents.

As preparation for the SXSW Accelerator program, GSE has a free digital accelerator program for applicants. Apply by October 15th and note your interest for SXSW to get special consideration. The 2017 accelerator dates are: Caribbean October 17-19, Africa October 24-26, Europe October 30- November 1st, America November 7-9, Middle East November 12-14, Asia November 14,15,16, Latin America November 21-24. Speaker, partnership and sponsorship inquiries can be directed to the GSE team via

What is the SXSW Accelerator? 

SXSW Accelerator returns for its tenth year to showcase some of the global startup ecosystem most exciting, innovative and cutting-edge technology!

This event provides an outlet for companies to present the latest ideas in Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies, Entertainment and Content Technologies, Health and Wearables Technologies, Hyper-Connected Communities Technologies, Payment and FinTech Technologies, Security & Privacy Technologies, Augmented & Virtual Reality Technologies, Social & Culture Technologies, Sports and Performance Technologies, and Transportation Technologies to a panel of industry experts, early adopters, and representatives from the Venture Capitalist / Angel community.

We invite you to attend this incredible pitch event as we highlight Startup technologies most impressive new innovations. Past judges have included 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, Werner Vogels of Amazon, Shervin Pishevar of Sherpa Capital, Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures, Albert Wenger of Union Square Venture, Bob Metcalfe of 3Com/Ethernet Co-Founder, and Laurie Segall of CNN to name a few.

The application deadline is Friday, November 10th at 11:59pm CST., and the event itself will be March 10 & 11th, 2018 in Austin, TX.   Please apply SXSW ACCELERATOR. 

Why Apply? 

  • Of the 403 companies who participated in SXSW Accelerator between 2009 and 2017, over 70% received funding, with combined funding in excess of almost $4.63 billion (does not include undisclosed grants, angel and seed funding). Of these 403 companies, 16% have been acquired by the likes of Google, British Telecom, Huffington Post, Apple, Live Nation, OpenTable, Constant Contact, and Harmon. For more information on past alum please visit SXSW Accelerator Alums

What are the launch date eligibility requirements:

  1. The company’s product or service must have launched no earlier than March 10, 2016;
  2. The company’s product or service must not launch after June 10, 2018;
  3. Each company may only enter one product or service to SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event;
  4. A company that enters more than one product or service will not be eligible to participate in SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event;
  5. Founders of the company applying must retain some portion of ownership in the company;
  6. Each applicant is only eligible to present in one of the SXSW family of startup events (SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event, SXSW Release It, SXSW Launchedu). In contrast, if you have applied for one of these events (other than SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event), and were not accepted to participate, then please feel free to apply to SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event.
  7. The Company must not have raised over ten (10) Million Dollars in funding from combined funding sources; and
  8. The product or service must fall into one of the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event categories.

What are the ten categories:

  • Augmented & Virtual Reality Technologies using augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and other novel visualization technologies, including applications for Cardboard, Oculus Rift, and other emerging offerings from industry giants. These applications may address such uses as gaming, entertainment, data visualization, education, medical care, warfare, transportation, and many more subject.
  • Enterprise & Smart Data Technologies that facilitate the comprehension and application of informational data through workflows and analytics. These startups seek to improve productivity for businesses and/or individuals by using big data through a number of ways that include (but are not limited to) data collection, management, analysis, presentation, interpretation, and augmentation.
  • Entertainment & Content Technologies and applications that are reinventing the ways in which we learn, relax and enjoy our time. Examples of included sectors include (but are not limited to) gaming, music, film, television, video, news and publishing, streaming and digital storytelling, as well as new and hybrid forms of entertainment.
  • Health & Wearable Technologies focused on human-centric health applications that connect the “health optimizer” and those with illnesses, their care teams, primary and specialist clinicians, inpatient and outpatient facilities, benefit providers, and corporate wellness programs to share timely, relevant health data and drive better outcomes at affordable and sustainable cost levels.
  • Hyper-Connected Communities This category showcases new products, services and apps that help hyper-connected communities (such as what occurs on-site at SXSW) better navigate and maximize their engagements. In addition to the kind of technologies that thrive in March in Austin, this category is for any creative and innovative app, product or service that does not fit elsewhere in the Accelerator lineup. Examples of technologies that might fit into this category include (but are not limited to) Internet of Things, energy, space, natural resources, agriculture and robotics.
  • Payment & FinTech Technologies relating to the consumer and business financial space that include delivering new payment methods, new forms of currency, extending credit and other lending processes, equities trading, transaction processing, asset management, insurance, and/or any other functions traditionally provided by banks and investment banks.
  • Security & Privacy Technologies revolutionizing sectors related to data security and privacy on the consumer and enterprise level. With interests rising in this field, examples of innovations include (but are not limited to) cybersecurity, encryption, data storage, infrastructure protection, incident analytics, ad targeting, identity management, and many other forms.
  • Social & Culture Technologies that push the boundaries on how we navigate and interact in life with ourselves, our community, and our world. Examples of such sectors include (but are not limited to) social media, networking, dating, travel & hospitality, food or dining, fashion, the environment and social good.
  • Sports & Performance Data Technologies impacting the before, during, and after in the sports and athletics sector. Whether geared towards novices or elite professionals, innovations in this field include (but are not limited to) the way we experience, prepare for, and participate in sports and outdoor recreation by using hardware or software applications focused on data-centric intelligence, measurement, and other analytical forms.
  • Transportation Technologies transforming and optimizing the transportation industry on a consumer and enterprise level. These innovations create efficiency in the way we move from point A to point B through (but are not limited to) the connected car, data routing applications, on-demand or ridesharing services, autonomous vehicles, and other new disruptive means.



About: Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE): is a central hub designed to educate, inspire and prepare startup communities for the digital age.GSE primarily provides online digital accelerator programs for startup ecosystems in different geographic regions, industry verticals, and impactful topic areas. Regions of focus are: Africa, Asia,America,Caribbean,  Europe, Latin America and the  Middle East . Frontier tech areas of focus are: Space , Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Blockchain, Drones IOT (Network + Sensors), Robotics, Synthetic Biology (Nano Tech) and Manufacturing (3d printing). Topic and industries of focus are: Fintech, Ed tech, Health Tech, Sustainable Development Goals. Smart City, Diversity and more.GSE also inspires influential stakeholdership by providing the world’s leading lab platform for training institutional entities such as governments, corporations, foundations, and universities. The GSE Digital Lab trains entities on the key elements of digital innovation and help these entities host customized digital accelerator programs that empowers their respective constituents.We culminate our digital programs by providing unique ecosystem experiences through a series off offline summits, bootcamps, and tours.

About the founders: Christine Souffrant Ntim is a Haitian-American entrepreneur with over 7 years business management experience across 30+countries. She was selected for Forbes 30 Under 30, AdAge 40 Under 40, and Caribbean Change Makers 30 Under 30 in 2016. She is an award winning keynote speaker. Einstein Ntim is a Ghanian-British investor who speaks on Ai technology and Mental Health. He was listed as Ghana’s Future Leaders 30 Under 30, #1 at Draper University, and Class Speaker at Singularity University at NASA.

Speaker, partnership and sponsorship inquiries can be directed to the GSE team via or via our onboarding form. 

Maggie Chin- Press Lead Secretary




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