Introducing Pitchfest, an HR Tech Start-Up’s Dream

Pitchfest: where 30 start-ups compete to become the "Next Great HR Tech Company."
By: | June 27, 2018 • 2 min read
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For the first time ever, the 2018 HR Technology Conference and Exposition® will feature Pitchfest, rapid-fire sessions in which representatives from 30 start-ups will present their products and/or solutions before a panel of judges and attendees, followed by two minutes of questions and answers.

Specifically, HR tech start-ups will take the stage on Sept. 11 and 12 to present themselves, and from the 30 contestants six will be selected to advance to the final round on Sept. 13. After each round, the audience will vote for their favorite pitches—these votes count for 30 percent of the final score. One winner will be selected to present in the conference’s “The Next Great HR Tech Company” session, as well as win exhibit space at the 2019 event.

Conference co-chair Steve Boese points out that the extent of start-up innovation in the field is staggering. “Our Pitchfest event gives them the chance to showcase their early-state solutions in front of HR Tech’s audience of angel investors, VCs, HR leaders, industry influencers and more, giving them unprecedented exposure at an early stage,” he says.

The Randstad Innovation Fund, which has joined the HR Tech Conference as a sponsor of the competition, will present the winner, or perhaps winners (who knows what may happen at Pitchfest!) with up to $30,000 in prize money.

The 2018 HR Tech Conference will feature more than 75 sessions, with most spanning 11 education tracks. Speakers include many of the foremost authorities on every aspect of HR technology. It also includes an exposition hall that features more than 400 exhibitors, including a start-up pavilion with more than 60 companies.

The full program for the HR Tech Conference—which is now in its 21st year and runs from Sept. 11 through Sept. 14 at the Venetian in Las Vegas—is available online. Don’t miss any of the sessions or the dynamic Women in HR Tech Summit, which starts on Sept. 11 from 8:30 am to 12:10 pm.

Danielle Westermann King, staff writer for HRE, received her bachelor’s degree in English from Temple University. She has written and edited articles for various print and online healthcare publications and is now setting her sights on human resources. She can be reached at hreletters@lrp.com.

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