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SXSW Super Accelerator Names CNote 2017 Best Startup Pitch Company
Winner of the Payment & FinTech category earns top honors at first ever SXSW Super Accelerator Pitch Competition

AUSTIN, Texas, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Last night, South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals held its first ever SXSW Super Accelerator® Pitch Event®, which saw the ten category winners from this weekend's ninth annual SXSW Accelerator® Pitch Event® compete against each other. CNote, an Oakland, CA.-based startup that earns users a 40x better return on their savings with 100% social impact, was named the 2017 Best Startup Pitch Company.

During the Super Accelerator Pitch Event, the 10 Accelerator finalists presented for a second time to a new set of judges, which included: Bruce Haymes, Managing Director at Nielsen Ventures; Sara Thomas Deshpande, Partner at Maven Ventures; Stacy Feld, Vice President of Consumer Venture Investments and External Innovation at Johnson & Johnson Innovation; and Werner Vogels, Chief Technology Officer Amazon.

The 10 Super Accelerator companies, which were the winners of the 2017 SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event, included:

"Augmented & Virtual Reality": Lampix 
"Enterprise & Smart Data": Deep 6 Analytics 
"Entertainment & Content": 
"Health & Wearables": Sound Scouts 
"Innovative World": 
"Payment & FinTech": CNote 
"Security & Privacy": UnifyID 
"Social & Culture": Lily 
"Sports": Brizi 
"Transportation": SPLT

Each of the grand prize Accelerator winners received $4,000, two badges for the 2018 SXSW Interactive conference, trophy, various SXSW Accelerator sponsor gifts and, most importantly, exceptional exposure to SXSW attendees and potential investors who are looking for the latest in cutting-edge technology and innovation.

For a complete list of the 2017 Finalists, including alternates, and the Accelerator Pitch Event judges, visit:

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About SXSW
SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. SXSW 2017 will take place March 10-19, 2017.

SXSW 2017 is sponsored by Esurance, Mazda, Monster Energy, Bud Light, Capital One, McDonald's, The Austin Chronicle and Sonicbids.

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