Who will win this year’s Pitchfest?

This year, 30 start-ups will compete to win a $25,000 prize at the HR Technology Conference’s Pitchfest competition. The competition, now in its second year, is a chance for start-ups in the HR-tech space to showcase their company to an audience that’s eager to see innovative new products and services.

“Last year’s inaugural competition drew outstanding participants and offered a lot of creative, exciting ideas about the future of our industry,” says Steve Boese, co-chair of the conference. “This year promises to be another inspiring competition packed with great ideas, and we’re looking forward to it.”

The format of the competition is as follows: Each of the participants are divided into three groups, each with five minutes to pitch and answer questions about their solution from the official judging panel (comprised of people representing a broad range of backgrounds in the HR-tech industry). Each round will consider input from the judging panel, along with audience voting. The total score earned by each participant will determine which six companies advance to the final round.

One winner will receive a $25,000 prize, provided in partnership with the Randstad Innovation Fund, along with exhibit space for the 2020 HR Tech Conference Expo. Another winner will receive a $5,000 “Gig Economy” prize from the Randstad Innovation Fund.

Pitchfest will take place on the expo floor, where at least 450 vendors will be exhibiting. Below is the full list of start-ups that will be competing this year (Don’t even try to guess from their names what sort of products/services they offer; you’ll just have to show up!):

  • Actifit Spor Saglik Ltd
  • Ai4 JOBS by ThisWay
  • All Elements
  • Compaas
  • Curious Thing
  • Draup
  • Ferretly
  • First Capitol
  • Gpayroll
  • HRConnect365
  • Icon Savings Plan
  • JobFlare
  • KAKEAI Inc.
  • Klever Insight
  • Leena AI Inc.
  • LoanBuddy
  • MapRecruit Inc.
  • Paddle HR
  • PeopleSpheres
  • PerfectCoaches
  • Preferhired
  • Skillist
  • SkliQ
  • SkyHive
  • SmartDreamers
  • Synapse
  • TrustRank
  • WorkHere


Andrew R. McIlvaine
Andrew R. McIlvaine is former senior editor with Human Resource Executive®.