Even without the Platinum Badge, SXSW can be a goldmine for entrepreneurs looking to make connections and see some incredible innovations. But there are a few things you should keep in mind to prepare.

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Now you’re ready to get out there and have an incredible and productive experience. Just remember that, above all, meeting people is the most important thing you can do. The people who come to SXSW year after year are largely the reason why it is such a popular and important event the world over. Take advantage of the amazing convergence of industry experts from around the world, and you’ll do just fine.

Happy SXSW!