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Testfire Labs Selected as Finalist for 2019 SXSW Pitch

Testfire Labs to showcase Hendrix.ai in the Artificial Intelligence category


[Edmonton, AB] — January 9, 2019 — Testfire Labs, developers of artificial intelligence (AI) enterprise productivity tools, was selected as a finalist in the Artificial Intelligence category for the 11th annual SXSW Pitch® (formerly SXSW Accelerator).

SXSW Pitch is the marquee event of South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals (March 8-17, 2019) Entrepreneurship & Startup Track, where leading startups from around the world showcase some of the most impressive technology innovations to a panel of hand-picked judges and a live audience. Out of the more than 800 companies that applied to present at SXSW Pitch 2019, Testfire Labs was selected among the 50 finalists spanning 10 separate categories

The two-day event will be held the first weekend of SXSW Conference & Festivals, Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10, on the fourth floor of the Downtown Hilton Austin, Salon D/E. The event will then culminate with the 2019 SXSW Pitch Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening, March 10, where winning startups from each category and a Best in Show winner will be announced and honoured.

SXSW Pitch will feature finalists across the following 10 categories: Artificial Intelligence, Augmented & Virtual Reality, Blockchain, Enterprise & Smart Data, Entertainment & Content, Health & Wearables, Hyper-Connected Communities, Social & Culture, Sports & Performance Data, and Transportation & Delivery.

Testfire Labs will present among four other companies in the Artificial Intelligence category on Sunday, March 10, 2019.

“Being selected as a finalist out of such a talented and innovative group of applicants is hugely validating,” says Dave Damer, Founder & CEO of Testfire Labs. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the product our team has worked so hard to build, in front of such a diverse SXSW crowd and panel of judges." 

Hendrix.ai is an AI-assistant that transcribes meeting summaries and action items, audits meeting history, and drops it all into a simple, searchable dashboard, for unprecedented organization and productivity insights across an enterprise. Hendrix.ai is fully customizable to the enterprise, resulting in more accurate and valuable data and reporting, as well as great context to meeting summaries. The product was named to the Constellation ShortList™ for Augmented Meeting Services in Q3 2018, was the recipient of the 2018 Startup Canada Prairies Region Innovation Award, and was a finalist in the Best Intelligent Assistant category for the 2018 AIconics Awards. Subscriptions, which include a free, 14-day trial, start at just $39 CAD per month. For more information about Hendrix.ai, visit: http://bit.ly/2xgrQyy.

"For more than a decade, we’ve had the pleasure of watching the leading startups of today and tomorrow successfully capture the attention of investors, partners and prospective customers – giving innovative CEOs the added boost and confidence they sometimes need to exceed the goals they've set for themselves and their teams,” said SXSW Pitch Event Producer Chris Valentine. “Of the 453 companies we’ve seen deliver their pitches on stage, 71 percent have gone on to secure funding, and 16 percent were acquired through 2018. We’re both proud and excited about where our past finalists have gone and where this year’s group is sure to go.”

For more information about SXSW Pitch and to view the complete list of finalists, visit: https://www.sxsw.com/pitch.


About Testfire Labs

Testfire Labs develops enterprise productivity tools that modernize the way people work, so they can achieve more, faster. Founded in 2017 and headquartered in Edmonton, AB, Testfire Labs has received seed funding from the National Research Council of Canada Innovation Research Assistance Program, Iris Technologies Inc., Alberta Innovates, and various private investors. The company recently was selected as a Top Startup to Watch by Startup Edmonton, named the 2018 Prairies Region Innovation Award recipient for it’s flagship product, Hendrix.ai, by Startup Canada, and awarded the 2018 Digital Alberta Emerging Sector award. Additionally, the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) named Testfire Labs a finalist for its 2018 Ingenious Spark Award, and Testfire was also nominated for Startup of the Year through the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO). Information is available at https://www.testfirelabs.com/.

About SXSW

SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. SXSW 2019 will take place March 8-17.

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