The Hottest Event at SXSW, Hot Pepper Pitch, is Sure to Set Mouths On Fire, $1000 Grand Prize

February 17, 2015 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
February 17, 2015 - COLLEGE STATION, TX The 2015 South by Southwest Music and Film Festival (SXSW) is just around the corner and Seed Sumo, an international startup accelerator program, is bringing hit YouTube channel, Hot Pepper Gaming, to the festival with a very hot challenge: Hot Pepper Pitch.

The Hot Pepper Pitch challenge will be hosted by Seed Sumo and Hot Pepper Gaming, in which they are seeking startups and entrepreneurs, as participants, who will have to eat a whole habanero pepper while "pitching" their company in two minutes.

The winner of the challenge will receive a $1,000 grand prize and their Hot Pepper Pitch video will be featured on Seed Sumo's website.

In addition, all participants in contest will receive an awesome Seed Sumo shirt featuring one of their festival slogans, "The Hottest Pitch at SXSW."

Hot Pepper Gaming, an idea started by three friends, Vernon Shaw, Erin Schmalfeld, and Jared Rosen, video themselves attempting to give a review of the latest video games all while eating an extremely hot pepper.

Since its YouTube inception on July 8, 2013, this hysterical and outrageous concept has built up a current YouTube following of over 200,000 subscribers, while also raking in a total of over 14 million views.

One of Hot Pepper Gaming's most popular videos with over 1.2 million views, features a reviewer known as "Egoraptor" trying to review the game Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. This video is nothing short of hilarious and will have audiences in tears as they witness the madness of the hot pepper challenge.

Due to Hot Pepper Gaming's viral video success, this opportunity at SXSW is an excellent way for startups across the country to get exposure of their company and is a gateway into the successful accelerator program, Seed Sumo.

Seed Sumo is a three-month startup accelerator program starting May 20th, 2015, which includes intensive mentoring, business model design, and a twist on demo day for investors.

Be sure to catch the creative minds of Seed Sumo and Hot Pepper Gaming at SXSW during the Hot Pepper Pitch on Saturday March 14, 2015 starting at 10 a.m., running all day Saturday.

About Seed Sumo
Seed Sumo is an active member of the Global Accelerator Network and located in Bryan/College Station, Texas. This mentorship-driven accelerator assists entrepreneurs with turning their early-stage startups into successful businesses. Last year around 750 companies applied and one 8 companies made it through the program. Seed Sumo provides $50,000 in seed funding, in exchange for a small equity percentage in each company. Seed Sumo founders also get great perks such as free hosting, world-class branding services, finance/legal counseling, free travel, an amazing place to work, 100 days of intensive top-notch mentorship, and a massive network of connections. For more information, visit

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