Expo Student Startup Competition

SXSWedu 2016 Student Startup Winners, photo by Erik Thureson

The third annual Student Startup Competition will take place at the SXSWedu Expo on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

About the Competition

The SXSWedu Student Startup Competition welcomes Central Texas high schools students to submit an application for the chance to pitch the team’s latest business idea to a panel of judges and live audience. The winner of the competition will take a cash prize to fuel their startup.

All ideas are welcome - from creative ways to address poverty, to the development of a tool every student would want, to the launch of their own startup. Students are encouraged to think big, and come up with ideas that may exceed their existing skills, network, and resources!

For more information, check out the student startup competition FAQ


Joan HughesJoan Hughes
The University of Texas at Austin


Sean DuffySean Duffy
EdTech Austin - Founder

Scott LiptonScott Lipton
EdTech Action - CEO


Elizabeth MackElizabeth Mack
CEO and Founder of Freestyle Language Center

Dhinuka PereraDhinuka Perera

Darrel W. PierceDarrel W. Pierce
Founder of SNAP Management Group, Inc.

Student Startup Competition Finalist

Animal Inspired

Animal Inspired

Animal Inspired takes several steps in order to raise funds and awareness for Austin animal charities, while encouraging art skills in youth.


FlexVR FlexVR is an modular, cost effective, and robust virtual reality headset designed for a wide variety of custom applications in education and industry. Through an extensible open source software interface, FlexVR aims to establish VR as a powerful utility in productivity software, as well as providing an environment for students to learn about programming and VR implementations.

Go Club

Go Club An annual membership will allow high school clubs to manage member information, conduct online payments, and track member attendance. Upon purchasing, each club receives a custom subdomain on the Go Club website for its management portal. The primary function is the member interface, where member information is entered and stored. The club can access form templates or create its own question fields to input member information. The club will have the ability to create events, and invite members or allow them to sign up.



Our business is a Eco friendly messenger bag company that uses multiple solar panels that charges a battery on the inside of the bag. We will be using vinyl banners that the City of Austin puts in storage every year because they can not throw away because the banners give off toxic fumes when they are heated up. We will use the banners to make our bags because the vinyl banners are a very good material that is weather proof and they are very thick and durable.


Trashbots Inc.

TrashBots develops low-cost science and engineering kits with an artistic twist and a structured curriculum that enables students to develop problem-solving skills and enhance their creativity by building robots that also utilize found materials in the world around them.

SXSWedu 2016 student startup winner, Bru, made up of Westlake High School students: Serena Hoskins, Rohit Srinivasan and Sid Rao. Photo by Erik Thureson.