SXSWedu Launch photo by Rebecca Hedges Lyon

SXSWedu Launch showcases innovations in education with a fast-paced, live startup competition. The fifth annual Launch competition will take place at SXSWedu, March 7-10, 2016 in Austin, Texas. Read more about the program below or download the Launch info sheet to view 2016 eligibility requirements and learn more.

SXSWedu Launch Schedule

Tuesday, March 8 2:00pm - 4:00pm Launch Competition Lightening Round
Tuesday, March 8 6:00pm - 8:00pm Startup Showcase
Wednesday, March 9 2:00pm - 3:00pm Launch Competition Showdown Round
Wednesday, March 9 TBD Launch Party & Winner Announcement

Launch Program

SXSWedu relies on the expertise of a handpicked group of judges and an emcee who, based on their demonstrated business and investment experience, are qualified to help determine the viability of a startup. These experts play a key role in the event and help guide the exciting Launch competition.

Guy Kawasaki


Guy Kawasaki
Chief Evangelist, Canva

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. He is on the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation and an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley). He was also the chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.


The competition judging panel, comprised of classroom educators, school leaders, successful entrepreneurs and investors, will contribute their unique experience and expertise during the live Launch event in March. Stay tuned to find out who the 2016 Launch judges are.


Early-stage companies seeking feedback, investment, strategic partnerships and exposure were invited to apply online for consideration in the 2016 competition. As result, SXSWedu received applications from innovative startups from all over the world. Applications are now under review by the Launch Advisory Board and the 2016 finalists will be revealed in January 2016!

Visit the LAUNCHedu Alumni page to see past participants or check out the LAUNCHedu FAQ for a complete listing of frequently asked questions and answers.

Photo by Rebecca Hedges Lyon