Let’s face it – navigating the events of SXSW can be overwhelming. So we’ve done some of the work for you. If you’re a founder, and investor, a startup-lover, a watcher, or just want to check out some cool stuff, the below is a good starter list to tap into women-focused founder and capital opportunities at SXSW.
LLShe Pitch Competition Finals
3/7, 5:00-8:30, The Riveter Austin
The event will start with a panel – “Growing the Female and Diversity Driven Economy”. After that, three selected finalists will have the opportunity to make a pitch to an impressive panel of female judges.
How Washington DC is Changing Female Funding
3/8, 11:00-12:00, Hilton Austin Downtown Salon K
There’s a noticeable imbalance in the world of venture capital: of the 100 largest venture firms in the US, 58 have no women partners at all. But that’s all changing in Washington DC, where there’s a steady rise in women-led funds and funding in female founders.
Equitable Growth Ecosystems for Entrepreneurs
3/8, 3:30-4:30, Hilton Austin Downtown Salon K
Examines the role of DEI in Impact Investing and the importance of creating equitable investment ecosystems for entrepreneurs.
Springboard Enterprises Dolphin Tank
3/9, 10:00-11:00, Palm Door, 401 Sabine St
Watch women-led tech companies present their pitches to an expert panel. These feedback-driven sessions are all about bringing female professionals together for constructive insight and interactive discussion.
How Midlife Women Work their Entrepreneurial Mojo
3/9, 11:00-12:00, Hilton Austin Downtown Salon J
A discussion on how and why women are diving into entrepreneurship, offering insight on the steps (and missteps) the panelists have taken building their businesses, and discussing why women in this demographic are highly motivated and highly qualified to push themselves toward independence and success.
Female Founder Hour
3/9, 12:30-1:30, Fairmont Wisteria Room
This networking event is open to all. It will focus on supporting female-identified and underrepresented minorities.
Women in VC: Diversity Boosts Financial Power, Getting Better All the Time at Ignite SXSW
3/9, 5:00-6:00, Austin Convention Center, Room 10AB
Elisa Miller-Out will chat about opportunities for funding and she’s also offering mentor hours.
Women, Motherhood and Entrepreneurship
3/10, 3:30-4:30, Hilton Austin Downtown Salon J
Painting womanhood and motherhood not as a hindrance to entrepreneurship, but as essential to creating a healthier, wealthier, and more equitable world.
All the Startup Ladies: Reimagining the VC
3/11, 9:30-10:30, Hilton Austin Downtown Salon J
A group of panelists who have built successful careers and investment opportunities by leverage uniquely feminine business characteristics will talk about how they pushed past the disparity in venture capital and turned being a woman into a benefit, not a burden.
Startup Journey as Told by Black and Latinx Women
3/11, 9:30-10:30, Hilton Austin Downtown Salon E
Join this panel of Black & Latinx startup founders for a candid conversation about our journey through entrepreneurship, from incubator, to pivots, setbacks, and through our first rounds of funding.
Women in the World of Venture Capital
3/13, 3:30-4:30, Voltron Room
This panel is dedicated to discussing how VCs are pushing boundaries to implement change within their organizations and how that can impact the broader tech ecosystem.