Start-Ups to Strut their Stuff at HR Tech

Dare we say it? Let’s get ready to ruuummmble!

There is an impressive history of notable battles in Las Vegas’ boxing rings. In keeping with that tradition–though rather than body blows, it will be budding brains trading metaphorical punches via technology–attendees at October’s HR Tech Conference in Las Vegas will experience a special type of competition. In this case, 30 of the most buzzworthy HR-tech start-ups will face off in what’s called the Start-Up Pitchfest. To the winning fledgling firm will go a $25,000 first-place prize and bragging rights, with the second-place finisher earning $5,000.

It all gets rolling on opening day–from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 1–with Preliminary Round 1 at the Expo Pitchfest Theater 1540. The second and third prelim rounds will take place at the same location (check the HR Tech Conference agenda for days and times), with the finals set for 10 a.m. Oct. 3. Each round includes audience voting.

The judging lineup is impressive, with HR-tech pioneers including: Ilonka Jankovich, an entrepreneur, corporate venture capitalist and board member; Paul Jacquin, managing partner of Randstad Innovation Fund; George LaRocque, founder and principal analyst at HRWins; Jeanne Achille, founder and CEO at the Devon Group and program chair of Women in HR Tech Summit; Jason Corsello, founder and general partner at Acadian Ventures; Tim Sackett, president of HRU Technical Resources; and Robby Peters, vice president of business development at Sequoia Consulting Group and co-founder of PeopleTech Partners. Randstad Innovation Fund is the Start-Up Pitchfest prize sponsor.

Emcees include Rebecca McKenna, vice president global events and publisher at LRP Media Group, and Steve Boese, HR Technology Conference co-chair and president and co-founder of H3 HR Advisors

It’s going to be an exciting battle, with some of HR tech’s most innovative new entrepreneurs putting on their best efforts to impress both the audience and the judges. Don’t miss it!

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Tom Starner
Tom Starner is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia who has been covering the human resource space and all of its component processes for over two decades. He can be reached at