Professional Development

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SXSW Eco offers many opportunities to advance your career and business through learning, collaboration and networking. Below are some specific opportunities we've programmed for professional development.

Learn more about the SXSW Eco audience and what we look for in PanelPicker proposals in the SXSW Eco 2014 Flipbook.

Mentor Sessions

Gain valuable insight through one-on-one sessions with industry experts. 2013 mentors included Blake Burris (Cleanweb), Jay Coen Gilbert (B Lab), Jed Davis (Cabot Creamery Cooperative), Michelle Erickson (Erickson Strategies), Tim Mohin (AMD), Cara Pike (Climate Access), Niyanta Spelman (The Rainforest Partnership), Bryan Walsh (TIME) and more.

Mentors for 2014 will be announced in the coming weeks.

Startup Central Breakout Sessions

These round table coaching sessions give entrepreneurs access to experts in startup marketing, funding, pitching and more!

Startup Bootcamp

Startup Bootcamp, presented by Fish and Richardson and BKM Sowan Horan (BKMSH), will feature a series of 30-minute workshops relevant to young companies. Topics will include intellectual property, corporate partnerships, VC funding, technology commercialization and more.

Startup Connect

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.

Eco Exhibition

This two-day showcase highlights the latest in forward-thinking business solutions, innovations in sustainability and the ingenuity of smart design. Learn more here >>


Workshops, a highly interactive component of SXSW Eco's programming, will allow for hands-on learning with industry leaders and professionals.

Photo by Lisa Hause