"There are certain moments in life you know you will never forget. Finishing first at SXSW Eco was one of those moments."

- Deane Little, New Sky Energy, Energy Winner

The SXSW Eco Startup Showcase presented by Austin Energy and Austin Technology Incubator is an exciting, fast-paced pitch competition featuring top impact companies from around the world. Over the past five years, the event has become a launching pad for the latest innovations set to positively impact society and the environment, and serves as a place of discovery for investors, corporations, city and federal government officials, foundations and media outlets.

2016 Categories: Energy, Food + Agriculture, Internet of Things + Software, Social Impact, Reuse + Recycling, Water

2016 Startup Showcase Winners + Finalists

The 7 SXSW Eco Startup Showcase Winners and 41 Finalists represent a group of diverse and talented entrepreneurs who are making an impact in the areas of Energy, Water, Food + Ag, IoT + Software, Social Impact and Reuse + Recycling. The companies are demonstrating the power of innovation to change the way we use the resources so crucial to life.

2016 Winners: Grow Bioplastics, XStream, SkyCool Systems, SabrTech, Eko Devices, Vartega Carbon Recycling, The Tycycler, Nutrient Recovery and Upcycling

Explore the 2016 Winners + Finalists >>

Startup Showcase Judges

SXSW Eco is proud to present the Judges of the 2016 Startup Showcase competition. These industry experts, representing major corporations, utilities, foundations and venture capital firms, presided over the Startup Showcase and decided the winners of each category.

Meet the Judges >>

Startup Showcase Alums

Collectively, the previous Finalists and Winners of the Startup Showcase have gone on to receive funding totaling over $70M, acquire global brands as clients, partner with utilities and energy companies, and develop other significant business relationships. The 2015 class of Startup Showcase Finalists has already raised over $12M in funding since October.

Browse Previous Winners + Finalists and Watch their Pitch Videos >>

What it Takes to Pitch at SXSW Eco

What it Takes to Compete

Get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to compete in the SXSW Eco Startup Showcase from this documentary by Prezi following the Finalists in the Social Impact category.


Startup Showcase Founding Partners

The Startup Showcase is produced in collaboration with our Founding Partners, Austin Energy and Austin Technology Clean Energy Incubator.

Austin EnergyAustin Technology Incubator

Startup Showcase 2016 Category Sponsors

Austin recycling and Economic Development Program timshel National Science Foundation

Photo of 2016 Startup Showcase Finalists + Winners (clockwise): Bureo Skateboards, Crystal Clear Technologies, Eko Devices, Grow Bioplastics, Land Life Company, Clean Robotics.