SXSWi BizSpark Accelerator deadline - Friday, 4th Dec

SXSWi moleskin notebook sketchSXSW Interactive festival is the digital conference to attend. Yes, it helps that it's based in sunny Austin, Texas and that the BBQ food is *awesome*, but it's also packed full to bursting with top notch panels from the brightest minds in tech

There are hundreds of networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable line up of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer - all happening over 5 days!

Along with the Digital Mission to SXSWi, one of the pivotal events in the SXSW interactive calendar is the BizSpark Accelerator pitch event. Applications for this pitch-fest are now being received until Friday, 4th December so not long left to get your submission in.

Finalists are given the opportunity to showcase their product or company in front of a panel of professional industry expert judges and a live audience. The lucky few are in the perfect position to attract venture capitalist investment, polish their pitches, refine their products, and create greater market awareness for the organisation in front of a very knowledgeable, relevant and responsive audience.

Last year's winners,, a website that's not just about what you wear but how you wear it, not only attracted a whole load of press attention for themselves but were matched up with; the world's first visual search engine. Weardrobe's users are now able to match pieces of clothing posted by the fashion community to items for sale on, all using visual search.

The event takes place on 15th & 16th March 2010 and applications are being accepted until Friday, 4th December 2009. To be eligible, companies must have launched in the last year or plan to launch by May 2010. For more info and to register for the event head on over to BizSpark's application page.

If you fancy heading to SXSWi and taking advantage of events like this, applications for Digital Mission to SXSWi '10 are open until Friday, 4th December - as they say; you need to be in it to win it.

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