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South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States. It began in 1987, and has continued to grow in both scope and size every year. If you have a career that involves, technology, music, gaming or creative entrepreneurship, the SXSW is an absolute staple in your yearly learning and discovery. 

Everyone from emerging artists including Anderson .Paak and Young MA, tech leaders including Twitter, and legends including Kerry Washington and former US president, Barack Obama  (yes, Obama) have been on stages and panels at SXSW.

In 2016, The South by Southwest Interactive Festival announced a new partnership with Opportunity Hub, MVMT50 and several Historically Black Colleges and Universities to bring high potential student technology entrepreneurs to this year’s 2016 Interactive Festival in Austin, TX. This effort was designed to support President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which was launched to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.

Last year, the initiative brought over 50 women and men that attended HBCUs to the festival and this year, the goal is to bring hundreds of student entrepreneurs to Austin, TX.

Objectives of The Initiative

Our objectives are very simple and clear. Expose hundreds of high potential students to the career opportunities in the innovation, entrepreneurship and investment economies. Educate these students on how to properly engage and navigate the innovation, entrepreneurship and investment ecosystem. Create an experience that facilitates the right connections and relationships that result in immediate summer internships, career opportunities or startup acceleration. Send them back to their respective schools so they can create a hyper-local technology and startup ecosystem in their communities. Pipeline them to the best companies and opportunities designed to maximize their career and company building potential.

How To Sign Up

If you are a student interested in entrepreneurship, music or tech, click here for more details and sign up here before 1/31/2017. You do not have to be an HBCU student for this opportunity. 

Note: the application for this opportunity is very extensive; however, please do not let this discourage you from applying! Even if your entrepreneurial goals are not clear, you should still apply.