International Pitch Competition at SXSW, held at Huston-Tillotson University, March 7 & 8, 2019 & supported by Casa Mexico

Jan 1 - Feb 28 | Austin, TX, US
IA focuses solely on non-U.S. citizen founder startups.

About this Program

Casa Mexico is the international pitching event at SXSW, featuring 40-60 startups from across the globe.

IA focuses solely on foreign-born entrepreneurs seeking customer access to U.S. markets and funding. IA sources more than 1,000 applicants from around the world and selects up to 12 early-stage companies per year. Its program is customized for each startup and includes access to seed capital and VC funding, customer acquisition, quality mentors and services providers.

The Problem
Highly qualified foreign-born entrepreneurs are starting successful businesses across the world, but are failing to expand in the U.S. because of lack of proper networks, funding, legal assistance, and advanced knowledge about how to do business in the U.S.

The Solution
IA is only accelerator in the U.S. focused on foreign-born entrepreneurs. It provides early-stage companies with customized support to help them launch and scale in the U.S. Companies receive: 1. Network of U.S. investors, customers & partners; 2. One-on-one coaching; 3. Relocation & expansion support; and 4. Funding. The program takes place over two 6-month phases. Phase 1 includes relocation and Visa assistance, company incorporation, and developing and executing a U.S.-centric investment and growth strategy. IA Mentors assist portfolio companies in strategic planning, networking and customer acquisition. Phase 2 focuses on scaling and growth.

Business Model
IA receives 10% - 15% free equity in each portfolio company and acts as a co-founder. In addition, it also invests $50k in each startup in a SAFE.

Funding Information

  • Funds up to $500k per team
  • Takes up to 15.0% equity
  • Accepts 1000 companies


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