Edit: SXSW 2020 was canceled as a result of COVID and plans for the 2020 competition have yet to be announced. Read our feature in Washington Post Magazine and stay tuned for new dates and announcements for the competition!

Collective Liberty joins the elite top 5% of global startups, competing as a finalist at SXSW Pitch 2020, a global competition as part of the South by Southwest Annual Conference and Festival. Over 900 startups from across the world applied to be part of SXSW pitch this year. Fifty finalists (the top 5% of applicants) were selected to compete across 10 categories – Collective Liberty is in the “Social and Culture” category. Read more about Collective Liberty in the SXSW spotlight feature over at AustinStartups.com.

CEO Rochelle Keyhan will be pitching their Forging Freedom portal and analytical tools. Click through to learn more! If you’ll be at SXSW, be sure to find us at

  • the evening VIP reception March 14 at The Established House of Startups, or
  • the Official 2020 SXSW Pitch “Meet the Finalists” event the morning of March 16!

We will have every flavor of Tony’s Chocolonely slavery free chocolate, and Virtual Reality Headsets to help you see and understand human trafficking first hand, directly from survivors.

“Our team at Collective Liberty has lived through the struggles of an underfunded government response to human trafficking, and ways it leaves victims behind while allowing traffickers to fluorish,” said Collective Liberty CEO Rochelle Keyhan. “We are passionate about filling the specific gaps in tech-based data and intelligence solutions to human trafficking. The cost for our collective failing is measured in human lives and it is a cost we could no longer tolerate.”

CEO, Rochelle Keyhan

The finalists in the Social and Culture category will pitch in front of a live audience and panel of judges on March 14 in Austin during the annual conference and music festival. An awards ceremony on March 15 hosted by SXSW, will announce a Best in Show award and a winner from each category.

Collective Liberty CEO Rochelle Keyhan will be pitching at two additional pitch competitions that day as well. The Official SXSW “Startup of the Year” pitch event hosted by Established house that evening, as well as a pitch at WeDC House – featuring promising startups in the WeDC ecosystem.

“Now in our twelfth year of programming, we’ve become the premier competition for the hottest trends in tech representing the future,” said SXSW Pitch Event Producer Chris Valentine in a statement. “With our largest class of applicants yet, we’re pleased to see that SXSW Pitch continues to be a stage for the tech industry’s best and brightest to showcase their groundbreaking ideas and take their companies to the next level.”

The 2020 SXSW Pitch Presented by Target Accelerator event will feature 25 companies on Saturday, March 14 in the Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon DE (fourth floor) from 9:30AM-6:00PM and 25 companies on Sunday, March 15 in the Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon DE (fourth floor) from 9:30AM-6:00PM during the Startups Track of the SXSW Conference.

All SXSW Pitch events grant primary access to Platinum and Interactive Badges and grant secondary access to Film and Music Badges.

SXSW attendees will have the opportunity to meet all 50 companies at the Meet the Finalists event on Monday, March 16 at 10:30am CT in the Hilton Austin Downtown Salon C, fourth floor.

SXSW Pitch – Meet the Finalists
March 16, 2020 | 10:30AM – 12:30PM
Hilton Austin Downtown (Salon C, fourth floor)
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On March 15 at 6:30pm CT, SXSW will host the SXSW Pitch Award Ceremony on the 6th floor of the Hilton Austin Downtown in Salon H and announce a winner from each category, including the overall “Best in Show” winner.

SXSW Pitch Award Ceremony
March 15, 2020 | 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown (Salon H)
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Add SXSW Pitch to your schedule by category and we’ll see you in March!