We're proud to announce this year's finalists for the HATCH pitch startup competition at SXSW. Twelve startups will have four minutes to win it at this startup competition taking place on March 10th at SXSW Interactive's Startup Village in Austin, TX. This year, applications were received from early stage tech startups in 14 countries and 17 US states. Finalists were selected based on a range of criteria including how revolutionary the idea is, how the company is making life better, what’s great about the startup founders and team, and how scalable and sustainable their product is.
“We are overwhelmed by the quality and diversity of the startups who applied,” said Greg Wright, HATCH pitch founder. “I am excited to see the impact these young companies will have on their respective industries.”
The 2014 HATCH pitch SXSW finalists are:
Bit6 - With just a few lines of code, Bit6 lets developers add communication capabilities to any app.
bop.fm - Creates a home for every song on the internet and lets you easily share it with anyone.
BRCK - It's the easiest, most reliable way to connect to the internet, for people and things.
ePatientFinder - Empowers physicians to connect patients with tomorrow's treatments today.
idealAsset - The match.com for innovation and intellectual property.
Neural Analytics, Inc. - Simplifying brain injury diagnosis using healthcare informatics.
Ranku, Inc. - Search engine for 100% online degrees from traditional universities. Kayak 4 degrees.
SmartestK12 - Make your classwork and homework assignments smarter with SmartestK12.
SupaPass - Musician's subscription fanclub: SupaFans fund new music for special access to favorite bands.
Virtuix - Virtuix Omni Fully Immersive Gaming Platform.
YouEarnedIt - YouEarnedIt is a simple, fun, and flexible way to recognize your people and foster happiness at work.
The selected companies will each have four minutes to pitch their revolutionary startup before fielding questions from the judges, including Nicole Glaros (Managing Director Techstars NY), Rahul Sood (General Manager, Microsoft Ventures), John Frankel (Partner, ff Venture Capital), Kerry Rupp (CEO, DreamIt Ventures), Blair Garrou (Co-founder and Managing Director, Mercury Fund), Balaji Gopinath (VP of Emerging Technology, Turner Broadcasting/Media Camp), Rick Pleczko (Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Austin Ventures), Unity Stoakes (President and co-founder, StartUp Health), Neal Murthy (Managing Director, Indalo Solutions), Rami Essaid (CEO and Co-Founder, Distil Networks and HATCH pitch 2012 winner), and MC Missy Krasner (Exec in Residence at Canvas Venture Fund).
HATCH pitch is open to all SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badgeholders.