What’s Your Pitch:
Innovations Meet the Market

Are you an entrepreneur with a unique business idea, product, or service? Are you an investor looking for the next great thing to invest in? Are you a corporate buyer looking for an innovative product or service? If so, please stay tuned and find out how to apply for the 2021 What's Your Pitch: Innovations Competition!

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Upwards of $40,000 in cash prizes and service values will be awarded.


  • Consumer Goods
  • Healthcare & Life Science
  • Energy & Utilities
  • High Tech
  • Manufacturing, Business Services and Others

Competition Agenda

    • Application Deadline on July 15, 2021
    • Regional Online Preliminary Rounds
      • Southeast regional competition: August 3, 2021
      • Northeast regional competition: August 19, 2021
      • West regional competition: September 2, 2021
    • Final Online Round on October 1, 2021


  • 1st winner prize value: $20,000
  • 2nd winner prize value: $15,000
  • 3rd winner prize value: $5,000

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Application Deadline: July 15, 2021

Apply Online

Startups that join the Elimination round will:

  • Be a part of USPAACC Pitch Alums Social Group and connect with past competitions’ semi-finalists and finalists.
  • Join USPAACC Young Entrepreneur Membership which will give access to discounted and/or free National and regional events.
  • Attend USPAACC CelebrASIAN 2021 Business + Procurement Conference, the largest gathering of Asian American B2B business in the United States.
  • Enjoy networking opportunities with potential angel investors, venture capitalists, high growth entrepreneurs, potential partners, access to clients, Corporation Executives and SME business owners at USPAACC CelebrASIAN 2021 Business + Procurement Conference.

3 Finalists will receive:

  • Cash-prizes only, no equity or ownership from investors.
  • 30-minute one-on-one Coaching session with successful Entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley.
  • PR articles on USPAACC website and credible marketing value to finalists.
  • Startup names on USPAACC “What’s Your Pitch” site and social media platforms.
  • One-on-one advisory meetings with USPAACC professionals to help guide your business strategy.
  • Matched mentorship opportunities and ability to gain business guidance from those who have expertly pioneered your industry.


“Preparing for the pitch competition helped me hone in on effectively relaying our value proposition effectively to an audience. The subsequent advisory meetings pushed me to focus on one vertical for our technology”
– Karen Taylor Yee, Onederful

“The competition provided a friendly environment to pitch and get to know other startups. I connected with a couple of mentors who I still meet with regularly and one who invested in our startup.”
– Emily Dong, PawPrint

“It (USPAACC’s What’s Your Pitch competition) helped us bootstrap until we generated revenue and the mentors gave critical advice throughout the development of our venture”
– Tuan Ho, ScholarJet

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Rules and Eligibilities

Team Composition

  • Teams that have won/placed in past competitions are not eligible to compete again unless they have a new technology or a completely new venture.
  • Each team may bring up to 5 team members including the team leader. A minimum of 2 team members must be present in the in-person portion.
  • For the online preliminary round, only one person needs to be on the camera to pitch.

Categories / Sectors

Possible categories

  • Consumer Goods
    Food and Beverages, Cosmetics & Fashion, B2C Mobile Apps
  • Life Science & Healthcare
    Medical Technologies, Medical Device, Healthcare IT Solutions, Biotech, Biopharma
  • Technology
    AI, Blockchain, Machine Learning, 3D Printing, Cybersecurity, Robotics, IoT, Enterprise Software, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality
  • Energy & Utilities
    Clean Energy, Renewable Energy, Sustainability, Transportation & Mobility, Hybrid Vehicles, Natural Gas, Oil & Gas Technologies
  • Manufacturing, Business Services and Others
    All manufacturing and related, Supply Chain, FinTech, Logistics, etc

Revenue Limitation

  • All ventures have to be seeking equity/ capital/ early stage investments or angel investments. We do not provide, research grants, loans, friends and family funding or any accelerator, incubator equity funding.
  • All ventures have to be for-profits.

Intellectual Property

An IP is not required but highly recommended.

Startup Stage

  • Only new ventures in early growth, seed and start-up stage can compete at this competition.
  • You may compete in the USPAACC competition more than once. Only previous applicants, who have refined their ideas and products, will be reviewed by the Committee.


  • Startups that have raised more than $1 million in equity capital, other than from friends and family.
  • Startups that operate as or have participated in M&As, growth and/or expansion of existing companies, franchises, licensing agreements and spinouts from current companies.

2020 Winners





Tip Box Me

Tip Box Me

ScholarJet Wins Attention of Potential Investors from Silicon Valley, New York, and Texas

Learn more about how taking first place in last year's competition helped ScholarJet break out and capture the interest of investors.

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2020 Judges and Committee Members

Terry Hsiao

Terry Hsiao


Washington DC MIT Alumni Angel Group

Terry Hsiao

Washington DC MIT Alumni Angel Group

Terry is an entrepreneur having founded and led multiple companies in mobile, payment and cloud both in US and China. He currently heads up Strategy at Kaleyra, a leading trusted cPaaS company with global footprint. An active angel investor and advisor, Terry was appointed by Virginia Governor to serve 2 terms at Center of Innovation and Technology that focuses on policy and governance for state funded innovation and entrepreneurship programs. On his spare time, Terry serves as President of Monte Jade DC Chapter, a 501(c) non-profit organization representing Asian American business leaders and entrepreneurs, and he leads the Washington DC MIT Alumni Angel Group. Terry is married and enjoys basketball, tennis, and golf.

Mike chop

Mike Chop

Designer, Conversational Interaction


Mike Chop

Designer, Conversational Interaction

Michael herrera

Michael Herrera

Program Manager, Supplier Diversity and Development

Southern California Edison (SCE)

Michael Herrera

Program Manager, Supplier Diversity and Development
Southern California Edison (SCE)