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!
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 2020 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 2020 Business + Procurement Conference.
4 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
Rules and Eligibilities
- 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
- Consumer Goods
Food and Beverages, Cosmetics & Fashion, B2C Mobile Apps
- Life Science & Healthcare
Medical Technologies, Medical Device, Healthcare IT Solutions, Biotech, Biopharma
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
- 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.
An IP is not required but highly recommended.
- 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 prodcuts, 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.
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.Read more
2020 Judges and Committee Members
DirectorWashington DC MIT Alumni Angel Group
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.
Designer, Conversational InteractionApple
Designer, Conversational Interaction
Program Manager, Supplier Diversity and DevelopmentSouthern California Edison (SCE)
Program Manager, Supplier Diversity and Development
Southern California Edison (SCE)