Upcoming Events March 2020
Day 1:
Global Development

SXSW brings together the best and brightest from all over the world. Programming and events will focus on bringing this crowd to Funded House.

Day 2:
Female Founders and Investors

Equality for female founders. Collaborative sessions, panels that challenge the status quo and reframe the exponential power of exceptional female founder talent.  

Day 3:

As media continues to evolve year after year, SXSW brings the trailblazers together. How do we inform ourselves, connect the dots, and grow with together?

Day 4:
Veterans Lounge

A day dedicated to those who served, the Veterans Lounge highlights resources, transition success stories and lessons learned from Veterans, and the Civilians that support them. 

Day 5:
Regions Connect

Regions Bank sits at the convergence of music, startups, and technology. Enjoy programming with a laser-focus on the tech and media industries highlighting the trends, opportunities, and challenges that exist across the sector.

14th Mar : Global Development
10:00am - 12:00pm


Breakfast tacos + networking with other countries

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Global Media Initiative Announcement

GMI Announcement

8:00pm - 10:00pm

Official Global Development Meetup

Expected to have 30+ countries in attendance

15th Mar : Female Founders and Investors
9:30am - 12:00pm

Women of Austin Investor Breakfast

12:00pm - 12:30pm

Div In - Networking

12:30pm - 2:00pm

Div Inc - Panel "Allies in VC"

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Div Inc - Working Session "Increasing Investment In POC Founders"

2:30pm - 6:00pm

Innovation Commons

Mass Challenge, Founder Institute, Div Inc, and MediaTech Ventures all have booths

4:30pm - 5:00pm

Div Inc - Networking

5:00pm - 5:30pm

Founder Institute Keynote

8:00pm - 9:30pm

Official Female Founder & Investor Mixer

16th Mar : Media
10:00am - 12:00pm


12:00pm - 2:00pm


2:00pm - 4:30pm

1 : 1 meetings (Start-up / VC's / MediaTech Pros)

4:30pm - 5:00pm

Wallifornia On Tour - Welcome

5:00pm - 5:30pm

Keynote #1 Music + Tech

5:00pm - 5:30pm

Keynote #2 E-sports + Tech

5:30pm - 6:00pm

Panel #1 - Investing in MediaTech

6:00pm - 6:30pm

Panel #2 - How To Build MediaTech Ecosystems

6:30pm - 7:00pm

Panel #3 - Tech & Festivals

7:30pm - 10:00pm


17th Mar : Veterans Lounge
3:30pm - 4:30pm

Session 1: The Under-Tapped Talent Pool: A Discussion on D&I

  • Amber Gunst CEO, Austin Technology Council   Tamara Atkinson CEO, Workforce Solutions Capital Area   Allan Rayson Austin Market Executive, Regions Bank  

Startup technology companies are constantly fighting industry Goliaths. Whether it’s speed to market, advertising dollars, brand recognition or social media influence, startups have to constantly scrape and claw to succeed. Even competition for elite talent is a struggle for startups, but maybe it’s only because they are fishing in the wrong pond. Many companies often search for talent the same way, regardless of their size. Yet there is an under-tapped pool of skilled candidates that are not getting the proper consideration for key positions. Talent recruiting must evolve in the same way the workforce itself has evolved. No longer are elite talent found only at Ivy League schools. Startups by nature are disruptors. Learn how innovators and entrepreneurs like you have embraced change in recruiting and thrived in business.

10:00am - 11:00am

Morning Chow: Veteran’s Breakfast

Voices of Victory Podcast - hosted by Glenn Banton

11:00am - 12:00pm

Interactive Workshop: Promoting Yourself as a Veteran

Gain insight into leveraging your military experience for the next mission. From seeking employment to venturing into entrepreneurship, we’ve got your 6.

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Paying it Forward: Helping Veterans

Hear and learn from organizations strengthening Veterans by empowering them and the community through connection and resources.

1:00pm - 1:30pm


Take a break and try out the Recharge Lounge.

1:30pm - 2:00pm

“The Journey” Screening & Introductions

A short film, directed by combat veteran Dallas Burgess, showcasing the collaborative efforts of veteran and civilian filmmakers to showcase the challenges of returning home from a life of combat.

2:00pm - 2:30pm

FireSide Chat with Warrior’s Inc.

Get to know Warrior’s Inc, Hollywood's top military consultant, founded by Captain Dale Dye to promote authentic military representation in entertainment.

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Showcase - Voices of Victory Podcast

Recap & Interviews hosted by Glenn Banton

4:30pm - 5:00pm


Take a break - grab a drink and network.

5:00pm - 5:30pm

“The Journey” Screening & Introductions

A short film, directed by combat veteran Dallas Burgess, showcasing the collaborative efforts of veteran and civilian filmmakers to showcase the challenges of returning home from a life of combat.

5:30pm - 6:00pm

FireSide Chat - TBA

6:00pm - 6:45pm

PANEL: Veterans in Entertainment

Veterans in the industry talk about how they got their start and the importance of Vet inclusion across all forms of media and entertainment.

7:00pm - 7:30pm

Innovative Immersion: What’s next? Healing through immersion and entertainment.

Exploring the trends and possibilities of immersive experiences in veteran healing and storytelling.

7:30pm - 8:00pm

Closing Remarks

Closing remarks and announcements.

8:00pm - 10:00pm

Veteran-Civilian Mixer

A place to mingle, share, network and swap war stories from the fields of combat to the strains of entrepreneurship.

2:30pm - 3:15pm

PANEL: Veterans in Entrepreneurship

Veteran entrepreneurs discuss the challenges and successes of a startup and share their knowledge on how to begin, and how to sustain.

18th Mar : Regions Connect
3:30pm - 4:30pm

Session 2: Technological Disruptions of the Music Industry

  • Sara Knabe VP of A&R, Broken Bow Records   Brad Peterson VP Entertainment Banking, Regions Bank  

We all hear the hit singles and attend the worldwide tours, but rarely do we talk about what it takes to make it in the music industry…aside from simply having talent. The music business is incredibly complex and difficult for artists, representatives and record labels. Hear from an award-winning artist and record label veterans how they have navigated new challenges in the music industry (from social media to online streaming), monetized their talents and what new disruptors lie ahead.