Q: How do I know if HATCH is for me?
A: HATCH is for companies:

  • Creating a product / service based on a disruptive or innovative technology.
  • Looking for publicity and recognition for their groundbreaking concept.
  • Willing to receive active coaching / mentoring.
  • Interested in receiving funding.
  • Creating a concept that has potential to be investable by Angels or VCs within next 12 months.

Q: Is there an application fee?
A: No.

Q: Is this an official SXSW event?
A: Yes, the pitch competition is part of the official SXSW program schedule. The event will take place as part of this year’s SXSW Startup Village.

Q: Is HATCH part of the SXSW Accelerator?
A: No.

Q: If I am accepted into the program, will I need a SXSW badge?
A: Yes. You will be responsible for obtaining your own Interactive, Gold, or Platinum SXSW badges for two company representatives. Applying and being accepted in the HATCH program does not result in a badge. (UPDATE: January, 2014 – HATCH pitch may be providing badges for finalists and discounted badges for additional company representatives. Details have not yet been confirmed.)

Q: How long will I have to pitch? 
A: Four minutes followed by several minutes of questions from the judges.

Q: My company is a finalist in the SXSW Accelerator. Can I participate in HATCH?
A: Finalists/alternates for the SXSW Accelerator are not eligible to also present at HATCH @ SXSW.