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SXSW Announces Accelerator Finalists

Web innovators in Interactive and Music will show off their wares
Kimberley Jones, 12:06pm, Tue. Jan. 29, 2013
courtesy of www.spotonsciences.com
The HemaForm Product Kit from Austin-based Spot On Sciences aims to improve biological sample collection and analysis.

SXSW has announced the finalists for its fifth annual SXSW Accelerator, a competition of forward-thinking web-based products. (We like to think of it as Tomorrowland meets the Hunger Games.)

Broken down into an Interactive portion (March 11-12) and a Music one (March 13), the Accelerator competition features two minutes-long product demonstrations in front of a live audience and a panel of judges. OK, so not quite a death match scenario, but stressful stuff nonetheless. Still, the finalists already distinguished themselves out of 500 applicants to this year’s Accelerator, so, y’know, everybody’s a winner here, right?

Two Austin-based companies were tapped as Interactive Accelerator finalists: Clay.io, a platform for HTML5 games, and Spot On Sciences, which develops “innovative medical devices that revolutionize collection and storage of biological fluids for diagnostic testing and medical research.”

For a complete list of 2013 Accelerator finalists, visit the SXSW website.

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