Student Startup Madness (SSM) provides college student startups the opportunity to “live the entrepreneurial dream,” compete against fellow student entrepreneurs, grab the attention of potential investors and leaders in the startup community, and build an elite professional network.


2020's Entrepreneurial Eight


from University of Oregon


from City University of New York


from Rochester Institute of Technology

Lingco Language Labs

from Michigan State University

QuickTech Medical

from VirginiaTech

Sike Insights

from UCLA


from University of Southern California

True Adherence

from University of Utah

2019's Entrepreneurial Eight

Clean 'Em

from UT Austin – McCombs

Homecooked, Inc.

from University of Chicago and Yale University

Parents In Motion

from Case Western Reserve


from University of Notre Dame

Sincere Sitter

from Seton Hall University


from Michigan State University

Suna Breakfast

from Cornell University


from Tufts University

2018's Entrepreneurial Eight


from Northwestern University


from Rochester Institute of Technology


from Brown University


from University of Notre Dame

Librarian AI

from Stanford University


from Syracuse University

Smart Staffing

from Michigan State University


from University of California, Irvine

2016's SSM Entrepreneurial Eight


Connecting users at the same place and time, Blurr will revolutionize the way we share memories. Ever woke up longing for the pictures from the night before? With Blurr, this will never be an issue again.

Cha Ching

The first mobile payments application integrated within your keyboard, allowing users to send money using their iOS or Android device in all messaging applications without ever leaving their conversation.

Food Share

A mobile app that transforms partner restaurants into social enterprises by donating a meal to someone in need each time a user dines. Users can also recommend restaurants to friends and share photos of their food.


An online publication for freshmen, by freshmen, providing students a platform to read and share relatable content about their first year of college—while also giving them the opportunity to be involved in the process of running their own publication


A robotics company on a mission to revolutionize the hospitality industry by solving the two biggest issues in housekeeping: time and injuries. Maidbot transforms commercial cleaning; one bot at a time.


A free travel platform geared towards millennials that learns a traveler’s personality and creates custom travel itinerary suggestions based on the specific traveler. These suggestions are uniquely procured using cognitive learning systems and content submitted by local experts.

Roze Incorporated

An Internet-of-Things (IoT) mobile-app-enabled system for multiple markets, the Roze Dock is a smart sensor device that automatically logs the number of people in shared spaces.


A mobile app with online resources for middle-school educators that “gamifies” entrepreneurship as students take on dream personas in a virtual world.

2015's SSM Entrepreneurial Eight

All startup teams must be digital media ventures — in keeping with the SXSW Interactive focus. These include startups in Web and Online Capabilities, Social Media, Digital Entertainment (film and music), Gaming, Software, Mobile Apps, News and Information Technologies, Health Informatics, and Innovative e-Commerce. All startup teams must be at least 30% owned by current college students, with a college advisor listed.

Every year, the admission period is open August through November, and tournament competition begins with the announcement of the official SSM field of 64 startup teams. The first two rounds of the tournament are conducted online. The field is then narrowed to 32 semi-finalists and the “Entrepreneurial Eight” finalists are announced in late January.

Past Teams

Check out a full list of the past teams to make it to the Entrepreneurial Eight!