Startup Central

Startup Central

Advancing Innovation in Sustainability

Spotlighting innovation and entrepreneurship, SXSW Eco Startup Central serves as a launching pad for cleantech and social impact companies and ideas from around the world. Presenting at the event offers exposure to potential investors, strategic partners, clients and media outlets. Collectively, in the past two years, participating companies have gone on to receive seed and series funding totaling over $25M, acquire global brands as clients, partner with utilities and energy companies, and develop other significant business relationships.

2014 Startup Central participants include: Austin Energy, Austin Technology Incubator, Austin Ventures, Black Coral Capital, Cleantech Open, Braemar Ventures, Cleantech San Diego, ConocoPhillips Technology Ventures, DBL Investors, Emerald Technology Ventures, Energy Excelerator, Energy Foundry, E.ON, GE, Imagine H2O, Invest Detroit, Katerva, Mercury Fund, Morgan Stanley, National Grid, NEA, Pangaea Ventures, RenewableTech Ventures, Rocky Mountain Innosphere, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, Shell GameChangers, Shell Technology Ventures, Siemens Venture Capital, Solvay, Startup Nectar, SURGE Accelerator, Think Beyond Plastic and more.

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This fast paced startup pitch competition offers top cleantech and social impact companies exposure to potential investors, strategic partners and media outlets, as well as the overall SXSW Eco audience. Read more here. View 2014 Finalists and Semi-Finalists here.


framergy™ 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.


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. A highlight is always the Startup Ping Pong Tournament.


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.


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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