Discover the largest festival for cutting edge technologies and digital creativity.
Design Terminal opens a call and selects
5 Hungary-based startups that will go to SXSW 2015 for free
Deadline is over

About SXSW

The 22nd annual SXSW Interactive Festival returns to Austin, Texas from Friday, March 13 through Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

SXSW is an incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity. The 2015 event features five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today.

Learn more about SXSW Interactive Festival at their official website.

30k+ Attendees
80+ Countries
1100+ Sessions
2300+ Speakers

A few successful startups that launched or gained early momentum at SXSW

  • "SXSW is an incredible opportunity to meet notable people in tech from all over the country."
  • "Sometimes SXSW reinforces the idea of how big something really is."

The call

Design Terminal, in cooperation with its key partners, opens a call for applications to select 5 Hungary-based startups that will have the chance to travel to Austin, Texas and attend the SXSW Interactive Festival 2015 completely free.

Our goal is to help promising early stage startups to meet and establish relationships with potential customers, partners and industry leaders at the biggest festival of cutting edge technologies and digital creativity. We believe that talent is evenly distributed in the world, but opportunity is not - so our goal is to put this amazing chance within reach for talented local entrepreneurs, allowing them to take a vital step towards global success.

The 5 winning companies will be able to delegate two team members each, who will receive a complete startup package including free travel and accommodations, as well as opportunities to pitch and exhibit. All we ask of you is to do your best to leverage the benefits of the festival, write a blog post and broadcast your experience on Social Media during the event.

Hit apply and fill in the application by December 15. The applications will be evaluated by a prestigious jury and the winners will be announced by December 30. We will notify each applicant via email, however, please note that we are not able to provide a detailed explanation regarding the jury’s decision.

What we offer
  • Free SXSW Interactive Passes
  • Free travel and accommodations
  • Exhibition opportunity
  • Participation at pitch events
  • Access to exclusive parties during SXSW
Who can apply
  • Hungary-based product development
  • Product launched no earlier than 2012 and no later than 2015
  • Must not have raised over $1M in funds from combined funding sources
  • Each company may apply with only one product


The evaluation of each application is based on many factors, but the four following criteria are the most important. Your product must have some sort of validation or traction. You need to present evidence that there is a need for your solution and you are solving real problems. The second important factor is uniqueness. How unique is your product or service? Are you different or better than the competition? Also, it is crucial that you must set clear goals in terms of what you want to achieve at the event. You will be asked upload a video about yourself explaining why you should be chosen to go to SXSW. Last but not least, your team. Do you have the right team to build this company? Are you the right person to represent the Hungarian startup scene at the festival?

The Jury

Veronika Pistyur Bridge Budapest - CEO
Gyula Fehér Ustream - CTO, Co-Founder
Ádám Somlai-Fischer Prezi - Principal Artist, Co-Founder
  • Nov 20:Application Opens
  • Dec 15:Application Deadline
  • Dec 30:Winners Announced
  • March 11:Travel to SXSW
  • March 18:Return to Budapest


About Design Terminal

Design Terminal is the national center for creative industries in Budapest, Hungary. With the stimulation of innovative technologies, industrial design, fashion and urbanism, our mission is to support value-added local enterprises reaching the global marketplace. In 2014, Design Terminal was awarded with the European Enterprise Promotion Awards for its successful and creative projects to stimulate Hungarian enterprises.