The application period for this event has now passed.

But the event is happening on March 11th and 12th, so stay tuned to see the competition unfold! We have selected 15 innovative startups who will compete for big prizes on the SXSW stage. We will be live streaming the event on Facebook at so like the page to follow the event from wherever you are! There are still ways for you to be involved in the community as well. Connect with MATTER, to join an entrepreneur community, or reach out for expert advice on your next pitch through the HealthSpark team , or reach out to get your .health domain to get noticed.


What is a Barracuda Bowl?

A barracuda bowl is a “shark tank” like pitch competition that will usually have 3-5 startups competing against each other using the following format:

    • The “Barracuda Bowl” puts the spotlight on health tech startups, which will each have 5 mins to pitch their startup to an esteemed panel of “barracudas”– veteran investors, entrepreneurs, and judges.


    • After providing an overview of their business, the startups will be immersed into the Barracuda Bowl where the panel of judges will be given an additional 5 mins to interrogate them and poke holes in their business plans.


    • After all startups have pitched, they will all assemble on stage and the audience will have an opportunity to be the barracudas and unleash their questions on them for 5-10mins, while the judges deliberate on the winning team.


  • At the end of the Q&A session with the audience, the judges will decide which startup won the battle of the barracuda bowland which ones got chewed to pieces

Prizes for the Barracuda Bowl have been provided by our amazing team of sponsors. Click on a logo to learn more.