Startup Central

Startup Central, which launched at SXSW Eco in 2012, encompasses all of the entrepreneur-related programming and events at the conference. This includes an array of panels, workshops, networking events, startup pitch competitions and demos and more. If you are an entrepreneur, a startup, an investor or just someone curious about this fascinating ecosystem, then Startup Central is the place for you!

Connect with us on Twitter and Instagram by using #SXSWEcoStartup.

Spotlighting innovation and entrepreneurship, the SXSW Eco Startup Showcase is a pitch competition featuring top early stage companies from around the world. View 2014 Winners, Finalists, and Semi-Finalists here.

Not-for-profit Category

For-profit Category

Greentech Category

Cleanweb Category


Discover the newest ideas in clean technology at this seed-stage startup exhibition. Learn more about Startup Springboard presented by framergy™ and view the 2014 Official Selections and Alternates here.

Austin Chamber

Startup Central Connect presented by The Austin Chamber of Commerce introduces cleantech and impact startups to the investors and customers who can take these businesses to the next level via curated one-on-ones.

Startup Central features engaging panels with investors, established entrepreneurs, policymakers and more. View the full schedule here.

Energy Excelerator

Startup Central Breakout Sessions presented by Energy Excelerator give startup representatives access to industry experts for direct advice on their careers and businesses via round table discussions.

A day of intensive programming, Startup Bootcamp features a series of 30-minute workshops on drilled down topics relevant to early stage companies.Topics include: Accounting, Utility + Corporate Partnerships, VC Funding, Legal + Patents, Technology Commercialization, Working with Energy Companies, Design + Marketing.

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Startup Central offers an array of networking opportunities, from receptions to targeted one-on-ones.

Marketing + Exhibitor Opportunities

Interested in marketing or exhibiting in Startup Central? Learn more here!

Have questions or content ideas? Contact our Startup Programming Producer, Carolyn Harrold.

Special thanks to RideScout for their support of Startup Central!

Thank you to Human Design for creating the SXSW Eco Startup Central brand identity. Human Design creates products that move the human race. Products that are rooted in the conviction that they must matter. Everything they craft is guided by these ideals, and driven by an intense passion to put good into the world.

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