Student Startup Madness partners with institutional deal platform StageXchange

February 9, 2018

In an effort to promote and support collegiate entrepreneurs, StageXchange, an institutional-grade deal management and marketing platform, is partnering with Student Startup Madness (SSM), a college student startup competition with finals held at SXSW in Austin in March.

Through the partnership with StageXchange, student teams will be granted access to the robust platform so that they can best showcase and pitch their venture to angel investors, VCs and others who go to SXSW to find the next great startup in an integrated, intuitive way. The platform allows students to not only present their company documents, financials and pitch deck but also allows investors to dig deep into key assumptions, models and industry research using built-in analysis tools.

“We are very excited to provide our student entrepreneurs with access to the StageXchange platform as they progress through the competition – this will provide our teams with a professional product and pitchbook to use at SXSW and beyond,” said Sean Branagan, director of the Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at the Newhouse School and founder of SSM.

The goal of SSM is to give collegiate startups the opportunity to share their ideas on a national scale, compete for funding and hear from real success stories at South by Southwest Interactive. Along with its partnering publication, Student Startup Beat, SSM provides aspiring entrepreneurs with resources, connections and publicity to help expand and develop their vision and ventures. Access to the StageXchange platform will be another way to help student entrepreneurs succeed.

About Student Startup Madness

The Student Startup Madness concept was developed by Branagan in conjunction with SXSW. Student Startup Madness believes in American entrepreneurship and on-campus startups—and wants to help young student entrepreneurs succeed and become a part of the SXSW experience.

The 2017-18 SSM tournament has been promoted and supported by 13 anchor universities in eight regions across the country: Arizona State University (Southwest), Cornell University (Northeast), Bucknell University (Mid-Atlantic), Georgia State University (Southeast), Michigan State University (Great Lakes), St. Louis University (Midwest), Seton Hall University (Northeast), University of Florida (Southeast), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Midwest), University of Maryland (Mid-Atlantic), University of Southern California (West), University of Washington at Tacoma (Northwest) and Xavier University (Great Lakes).

Student Startup Madness debuted in 2012 at SXSW Interactive with a launch event and kick-off pitchfest, where five student startup teams representing eight colleges and universities pitched their ventures and won prizes. Today it is a national tournament in one of the main venues of SXSW. For more on Student Startup Madness, visit the website at