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Don’t Miss These App Companies at SXSW 2023

Don’t Miss These App Companies at SXSW 2023

SXSW 2023 quickly approaches, and many industry professionals are gearing up for what promises to be another sweet post-pandemic year. Every long-attendee knows the annual conference presents a lucrative opportunity to network with others in their respective field. This is painfully true for those in the app industry, where networking can be a critical component of success. And seeing as SXSW is home to a diverse and global community looking to expand their reach, grow their user base, and gain valuable insights into the latest trends and technologies. You might be just a little tempted to go network. If you so happen to be in the market for new business opportunities now, we made a guide just for you.

These are the app companies you should check out at SXSW 2023.

SXSW 2023 App Companies Schedule

March 10, 2023

Featured session: Greg Brockman & Laurie Segall
2:30pm – 3:30pm CT | Austin Convention Center | Ballroom D
Level: Intermediate

Greg Brockman is OpenAI‘s President and Co-Founder with a vision to ensure that artificial intelligence benefits humanity. Brockman additionally played an integral role in growing Stripe from a team of four to over 250 employees, serving as the company’s founding engineer and CTO.

Laurie Segall, founder of Dot Dot Dot Media, tech journalist, and author. Segall has interviewed some of the world’s most influential tech leaders, including Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook. With a focus on society and artificial intelligence, Segall’s work offers unique lens into the world of tech’s titans and misfits.

March 11, 2023

Pitch event: SXSW 2023 Pitch: Food, Nutrition, & Health Technologies
10:00am – 11:00am CT | Hilton Austin Downtown | Salon DE
Level: Beginner

Get ready to witness the latest in Food, Nutrition, & Health Technology innovations as early-stage startups take center stage at SXSW 2023 Pitch, all presented by ZenBusiness. Five cutting-edge companies will showcase their ideas and products to industry leaders, media experts, and investors. These startups are revolutionizing human-centric applications that advance nutrition and connect individuals with health systems, providers, and wellness services. Don’t miss out on the future of food, fitness, and healthcare!


Patricia Costello  is the founder and CEO of Portfolia, a leading venture investing platform designed for women, by women. Her goal is to have over 100,000 women (and their colleagues and friends!) investing in Portfolia Funds in five years.

Stacy Feld is the Regional Head Of Johnson & Johnson Innovation. Stacy loves startups and innovation in the consumer health space. For nearly two decades, Stacy has been a steadfast leader in translating innovative science into transformative commercial solutions for the consumer. Her experience includes venture capital investing, intellectual property licensing and strategic partnering, and business strategy and incubation. She is particularly interested in ventures that combine software, hardware, diagnostics and nutrition.

Neal Mody is the visionary founder of Zoic, a company making waves in the early-stage medical technology startup world. With over a decade of successful experience in the tech startup space, Mody also co-founded Ambature in 2007. Playing an integral role in over $20 million and holds over half of the world’s room-temperature superconductor patents.

Lee Shapiro is a seasoned entrepreneur and investment expert, serving as Managing Partner at 7wireVentures, a health consumer investment firm he co-founded over a decade ago. He brings with him a wealth of experience, having previously served as President of Allscripts from 2001 until the end of 2012. During his tenure, Lee played an instrumental role in executing over $4 billion in mergers, acquisitions, and financings.

Melissa Withers is the founder and Managing Partner of RevUp Capital. She is a skilled investor, fund manager, and business builder. Melissa has invested in 120+ companies. She began her investing career as a Managing Partner of a pre-seed fund that invested in 80+ companies. Frustrated by the constraints of the equity-only model, she co-founded a revenue-based fund for early stage companies.

Presentation event: Fall in Love with the Problem, Not the Solution
11:30am – 12:30pm CT | Hilton Austin Downtown | Salon F
Level: Intermediate

Meet Uri Levine, a serial entrepreneur who has accomplished what few can claim. Building not one, but two unicorns—companies valued at over $1 billion. Uri serves as the co-founder of Waze. The world’s leading commuting and navigation app, Uri Levine played a key role in its acquisition by Google in 2013 for $1.15 billion.

Today, Uri is committed to spreading his wealth of entrepreneurial knowledge and experience to other founders, managers, and teams in the tech space. Through his insider perspective on the creation and sale of Waze and his second unicorn, Moovit.

March 12, 2023

Presentation session: Access is Beautiful: How Tech Can Transform an Industry
10:00am – 11:00am CT | Hilton Austin Downtown | Salon J
Level: Intermediate

As consumers spend more with brands that align with their values, there is a massive opportunity for the beauty industry to better serve those with disabilities. Learn with Estée Lauder Companies‘ (ELC) CIO Mike Smith about the company’s wide-reaching commitment to inclusivity, and plans to power accessible beauty through inclusive tech.

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Workshop session: Build Cloud-Connected AR/VR Apps in 15-Min or Less
10:00am – 11:30am CT | JW Marriott | Room 201-202 | RSVP
Level: Beginner

Come to SXSW 2023 and learn how to create real-time cloud-connected augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) apps with a fully-functioning cloud-backend. All in less than 15 minutes by the way. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop and an Android phone, or just follow along the live demonstration. Platforms for experimentation include: Google ARCore, WebXR, Vuforia, Unity-based apps, and more. Participants will show how a small change in one cloud-connected app, can send updates to all other apps across the different AR/VR SDKs & platforms.


Alon Grinshpoon is a tech professional and face behind echo3D. With his impressive educational background and years of experience in the tech industry, Grishpoon is well-equipped to lead echo3D and drive innovation in the field of 3D, AR, and VR. His dedication to staying at the forefront of emerging technologies has made him a respected leader in the industry. And a sought-after expert on the tech startup scene.

Ben Pedazur is Co-Founder & CTO of echo3D. Ben’s impressive resume also includes experience as an Algorithm & Software Developer at AdiMap from September 2014 to May 2015, and as a Programmer at the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel from July 2012 to October 2014. With a wealth of experience and global expertise under their belt, Ben continues to drive innovation and push the boundaries of what’s possible in the tech industry through their work at echo3D.

Featured session: On with Kara Swisher Live: Kevin Systrom is Back and Taking On Twitter and News
4:00pm – 5:00pm CT | Austin Convention Center| Ballroom D
Level: Intermediate

Kevin Systrom, the co-founder of Instagram, is set to launch a news app, aiming to challenge Twitter and combat the spread of misinformation. Discuss his latest project in a live interview with Kara Swisher, the host of the podcast, “On with Kara Swisher“.

March 13, 2023

Featured session: Bill Gurley & Tim Ferriss
11:30am – 12:30pm CT | Austin Convention Center | Ballroom D
Level: Beginner

Bill Gurley is a long-time General Partner at Benchmark, joining in 1999. Before joining the venture capital business, Bill spent four years on Wall Street as a top-ranked research analyst. Over his adventurous career, he has worked with such companies as GrubHub, Nextdoor, OpenTable, Stitch Fix, Uber, and Zillow. Bill is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and serves as a board trustee at the Santa Fe Institute, a research and education center for studying complex adaptive systems.

Featured in Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People” and Fortune’s “40 under 40.” Tim Ferris is an early-stage technology investor/advisor (Uber, Facebook, Shopify, Duolingo, Alibaba, and 50+ others) and the author of five #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers including The 4-Hour Workweek, Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers. Take a breath and tune in for who the Observer so rightfully call “The Oprah of Audio.”


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