Student Startup Competition

Mar 8, 2023

11:30am – 1:00pm CT

The Student Startup Competition, powered by WIT – Whatever It Takes, supports youth entrepreneurs and serves as a platform for high school students to showcase their business ideas.

2023 Finalists:
Lemonerdy University // Chicago, Illinois
WorkBee Holidays // Frisco, Texas
Maytik // McDonald, Pennsylvania
MatheX // Windsor, California
iEmote // San Mateo, California

The live competition will be emceed by Sarah Hernhom, founder and president of WIT – Whatever It Takes, and Sebastien Burkhardt, CEO of Clore. The finalists will be judged by a panel including Josh Nelson, senior creative director at Sendoso, Harish Kolli, co-founder and CEO of 2022 finalist Guardial, Leslie Scofield, entreprenuer at Summit & LS Ventures, and Lesley Robinson, Director of the Kendra Scott Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.

Stick around after the live pitches to hear the winner announced on stage.

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

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Sarah Hernholm

WIT - Whatever It Takes

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Harish Kolli


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Josh Nelson

Joshua-Mark Design

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Lesley Robinson

The University of Texas at Austin

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