Event Recap: SXSW Accelerator, Part 3

See other highlights from the accelerator: Part 1 and Part 2

German startups had quite the presence across the pitch sessions the Lab attended on Sunday. Some of the most notable ones included:

  • NavVis: An app that enables indoor 3D turn-by-turn navigation thanks to indoor maps created by a Segway-type trolley. The trolley is equipped with scanners and cameras to scan and record building dimensions.
  • Tinnitracks: Developers of a music therapy treatment that helps lower hyperactivity of abnormal nerve cells for people with tinnitus. The subscription-based platform lets users upload and listen to their favorite music to provide relief. Tinnitracks’ secret sauce is being able to reformat the frequency of uploaded music.
  • Trip Rebel: A site aiming to be the go-to destination to find the best deals for hotel rooms. The process is quite simple and automatic: a user goes on the site and books a hotel reservation, and Trip Rebel keeps track of the reservation for price reductions until check-in day. If the price drops, Trip Rebel automatically re-books the same room at the new rate and refunds the difference to the user’s credit card.
  • Minubo: A dashboard that integrates fragmented data to give retailers a holistic view of their omni-channel strategy, enabling retailers to better allocate marketing budgets, identify unprofitable channels, and understand the customer’s lifetime values across all channels.

A few other startups from other countries are also of note:

  • Biobots.io: A cost-effective 3D bioprinter that research scientists can use for regenerative medicine procedures such as tissue or even organ replacement.
  • MobileODT: A mobile colposcope powered by an Android smartphone to detect cervical cancer. The mobile attachment is one-tenth the price and size of traditional colposcope devices.

Event Recap: SXSW Accelerator, Part 2

Missed Part 1 of the SXSW Accelerator? Catch up here.

Part 2 of the SXSW 2015 Accelerator Pitch-off not only featured startups from diverse industries, but also had a special guest MC, Sir Mix-A-Lot. During this session, four startups had two minutes to present before entering a ten-minute Q&A with the judges. Featured startups included:

  • CreoPop: An innovative 3D printing pen that enables anyone to literally print what they are thinking in real-time. Due to the company’s unique approach of UV laser and light sensitive resin, the “ink” comes out cool, making it safe for kids. Its inks can also be modified to glow in the dark, act as a magnet, become stretchy, and more fun tweaks.
  • GroundFloor: The first micro-lending community for real estate, similar to a LendingClub for real estate. Through the platform, lenders earn anywhere between 6% to 26% interest on projects. Over the past six months, GroundFloor has funded over $1 million worth of real estate transactions, signed up thousands of investors, and closed over $300,000 in loans.
  • Ledger Wallet: An external device (USB) that is used to secure Bitcoin transactions; it’s applying EMV chip technology to the ever growing Bitcoin world.
  • ProtonMail: An end-to-end encryption email service provider. Accounts are fully backwards compatible, so users can continue to send and receive emails from friends who aren’t using ProtonMail.


We’ll continue our reporting on SXSW tomorrow.