ProtonMail selected as 2015 SXSW Accelerator Competition Finalist



We are happy to announce that ProtonMail has been selected as a finalists in the Innovative World Technologies category for the 2015 SXSW Accelerator competition, the marquee event of the South by Southwest Interactive Festival’s Startup Village, where leading startups from around the world showcase some of the most impressive new technology innovations to a panel of judges and a live audience. More than five hundred companies submitted to present at SXSW Accelerator, and we’re happy to be among the 48 finalists selected in six different categories.

The two-day event will be held the first weekend of SXSW Interactive, Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, March 15, in Austin, Texas. We’re excited by this opportunity to present ProtonMail’s innovative technology to an American audience. Today, users from the US make up a rapidly growing part of the ProtonMail userbase and it is always amazing to see so many people who share our vision of protecting civil liberties and enhancing internet security and privacy.

The SXSW Interactive Festival has now been in existence for 22 years and has long been an incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity. Notably, it was the event which launched Foursquare in 2009 and also gave Twitter early traction in 2007. At last year’s event, Edward Snowden also gave a keynote speech via video conference. We’re enthusiastic to have the opportunity to follow up and show that privacy not only alive, but it is thriving.

More information about SXSW Accelerator and the complete list of finalists can be seen here: And to all our supporters and friends who will be at SXSW 2015, we look forward to meeting you soon!

About the Author

Andy Yen

Andy is the Co-Founder of ProtonMail. He is a long time advocate of privacy rights and has spoken around the world about online privacy issues. Previously, Andy was a research scientist at CERN and has a PhD in Particle Physics from Harvard University. You can watch his TED talk online to learn more about ProtonMail's mission.

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5 comments on “ProtonMail selected as 2015 SXSW Accelerator Competition Finalist

  • Any news about invites for people requesting new accounts?

    On Dec. 17 you wrote in the blog that with the infrastructure expansion you would be inviting almost everyone who had requested an account over the next month. It’s been a month and a half, I’ve been waiting about two months, and I’m just excited to start using Protonmail.

    No pressure. I know it will happen when it happens. But I’m wondering if there’s any information about how things are going with the infrastructure and the invites.

    Thanks. And thanks for creating protonmail.

  • Dear Team ProtonMail,

    You really deserve all possible rewards for your hard work and service in the name of freedom and privacy. Thank you all for making ProtonMail possible…