HATCH Pitch Startup Competition Announces SXSW Applications

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Game-Changing Startups Can Apply For HATCH Pitch at SXSW 2014

HATCH Pitch Startup Competition
We are working with SXSW to expand the space and allow more people to get into the room in 2014

HATCH pitch, the revolutionary startup pitch competition, wants early stage technology startups with alluring, disruptive products for the 3rd annual HATCH pitch at SXSW’s Startup Village. Finalists will be selected to present their 4-minute business plans to a panel of corporate, angel, and venture investor judges in front of the SXSW audience on March 10th, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM in Austin, TX. The audience will weigh in with comments and votes using mobile and web.

“HATCH pitch was a great experience and we’re excited to walk away with first place, said Jan Goetgeluk, chief executive officer of Virtuix, winner of the debut HATCH pitch event in Houston. “The judges asked thoughtful questions, the coaching before the pitch was a valuable learning process, and we met fantastic people at the event.”

Finalists for HATCH pitch will be selected based on a range of criteria including how revolutionary the idea is, how the company is making life better, what’s great about the founders and team, and how scalable the product is.

“I look forward to our third event at SXSW,” said Greg Wright, HATCH pitch founder. “We are working with SXSW to expand the space and allow more people to get into the room in 2014,” he said, referring to the capacity audiences the past two years that had lines waiting at the doors.

The HATCH pitch judges will include John Frankel (Partner, ff Venture Capital), Rahul Sood (General Manager, Microsoft Ventures), Kerry Rupp (CEO, DreamIt Ventures), Balaji Gopinath (Vice President of Emerging, Turner Broadcasting System), Rick Pleczko (Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Austin Ventures), Joel Yarmon (Investor at Draper Associates), Marc Weiser (Founder and Managing Director, RPM Ventures), Nicole Glaros (Managing Director, TechStars), Rami Essaid (CEO and Co-Founder, Distil Networks and HATCH 2012 winner), and emcee, Missy Krasner (Executive in Residence at Canvas Venture Fund).

HATCH pitch is looking for tech startups from around the world in the following categories:

· Cloud tech and services
· Mobile and connected devices
· Web tech
· Collaborative tech
· Big data
· Virtual tech
· Media and entertainment
· Health and healthcare IT
· Energy IT

Startups interested in presenting at HATCH pitch at SXSW 2014 can apply online before the January 6, 2014 deadline at http://www.hatchpitch.com/pitch-competition-sxsw-2014/pitch-sxsw-2014/.

About HATCH pitch

HATCH pitch is the revolutionary pitch competition for tech startup companies making life better. After playing to capacity audiences at SXSW Interactive in Austin the past two years and a successful Houston debut on November 20th, Previous winners, Distil Networks, RideScout, and Realty Mogul, have garnered phenomenal attention from the press and investment communities. Distil received a $1.8 million seed investment from a HATCH pitch judge after winning HATCH pitch 2012. To learn more, go to http://www.hatchpitch.com or connect with us on twitter @HATCHPITCH and Facebook at facebook.com/HatchPitch.

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