Step into the Spotlight at HR Tech Pitchfest

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We're on a quest to discover the next big thing in HR technology and invite you to take part by pitching your new big idea at the world's largest HR technology event! HR Tech's Pitchfest is the perfect platform for startups eager to showcase their revolutionary products and services to the world. If you're transforming the HR landscape with innovative solutions, it's your time to shine. We welcome applications from startups around the globe offering innovative products and services.

Why Participate?

Visibility

Elevate your startup's profile among the who's who of the HR tech industry.

Feedback

Gain valuable input from leading industry players.

Connections

Network with potential partners, customers and investors.

Prizes

Compete for up to $30,000 in prizes to help propel your startup's journey forward.

Who Can Apply for Pitchfest?

Startups exhibiting at the HR Technology Conference are eligible to apply to participate in the Pitchfest, whether your idea is conceptual, in pilot phase or your business is fully operational. All participants have an equal chance of winning.

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How it Works

Apply

Fill out our application form with details about your startup and the innovation you're bringing to the HR tech space.

Get Selected

Our panel of experts will review applications to select the most promising startups for the live pitch session.

Pitch Live

Selected startups will present their ideas in front of a live audience and a panel of esteemed judges at the HR Technology Conference.

Win

Impress the judges and audience to win and gain unparalleled exposure in the HR technology community.

Pitchfest Rules:

Important dates

Application Submission Deadline:

July 22, 2024

Notification of Selection:

No later than July 30, 2024

Questions – Please email Sharon.Staehle@etcnetwork.com.

Schedule and Format

In each round, ten participating companies will have three minutes to present, then two minutes to answer questions from the judges. Of the ten companies presenting in each preliminary round, two from each round will be selected to advance to the Pitchfest final!

Each of the six companies in the final round will have five minutes to present and two to three minutes to answer questions from the judges.

Preliminary Rounds

Pitchfest Theater in the Expo Hall

Tuesday, September 24
5:30 – 6:30 p.m

Wednesday, September 25
10 – 11 a.m. and 4:15 – 5:15 p.m

Final Round

Pitchfest Theater in the Expo Hall

Thursday, September 26
10 – 11 a.m

Judging

A unique panel of judges will be seated for each round, including the final round. Judges are selected from a broad range of backgrounds in HR technology. Judges' input will be limited to questions asked of the participants and any comments made after each presentation.

Each round will also include audience voting. The audience vote will count for 30% of a participant's final score and the judges' votes will count for 70% of the final score. The total score earned by each company in the preliminary rounds will determine which six companies will advance to the finals.

Competition Prizes Package

Up to $30,000 prize donated by Randstad

10' x 10' Booth space at the 2025 HR Tech Conference

Your Intellectual Property

Competitions of this type sometimes raise concerns about intellectual property rights. Please note that the HR Technology Conference is not able to protect or advise you on your intellectual property rights. The HR Technology Conference cannot and does not take any responsibility for protecting your rights. Also, note that the HR Technology Conference does not require non-disclosure or confidentiality requirements from those involved in the Pitchfest process. Applicants are solely responsible for protecting their intellectual property rights as related to applying and participating.

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