Health startups wanted at SXSW 2012

By Brian Dolan

acceleratorI am excited and honored to be an adviser to SXSW's Accelerator program for its 2012 event, which will be the first year that the event includes a category for health technology startups. SXSW is taking submissions for its pitch event between now and mid-November and it's still looking for health startups. Here's the description for the health category:

"Health Technologies - This category is about patient-centric health applications and technologies that connect patients, families, physicians, pharmacists, care providers (hospital, clinics) and benefit providers -- to share timely, relevant health data and drive better outcomes at affordable and sustainable cost levels." Sounds like your startup?

Next year marks this event's fourth go around. Prior years included big name judges like Tim Draper of DFJ, Chris Hughes of Facebook, Paul Graham of Y Combinator, Craig Newmark of Craiglist, Robert Scoble of Scobleizer, Jeff Pulver of 140 Conference, Chris Shipley of Demo, and Tom Conrad of Pandora. Next year will include some as yet unnamed judges from the world of healthcare.

Let me know if you apply to be featured at the event (I'll do what I can to help mobile health startups get a seat at the table) and let me know if the $175 entrance fee is a hardship -- I might be able to work something out. The application deadline is Friday, November 18, and the event itself will be March 12-14, 2012 in Austin, TX. Additional application details after the jump:

Please apply here

More details:

2) Launch date eligibility requirements:
a. A company’s product / service must have launched no earlier than March, 13, 2011.
b. A company’s product / service must not be launched after June 13, 2012.
c. Companies will be allowed to submit only one product / services to the SXSW Accelerator event. Companies who submit more than one product / services will not be eligible to participate in the SXSW Accelerator event.
d. Founders of the applying startup must retain some portion of ownership in the company to be eligible to participate.
e. Must not have raised over $5 million in funds from combined funding sources.

Application available here

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