For startups, USPAACC’s “What’s Your Pitch: Innovations Meet the Market”is an opportunity to break out, gain national exposure, and win cash prizes.
After winning first place in “What’s Your Pitch” last year, ScholarJet, a Boston-based startup, did just that, capturing the attention of potential investors from Silicon Valley, New York, and Texas.
“Winning USPAACC’s What’s Your Pitch competition helped us bootstrap the startup until we started to generate revenue,” said Tuan Ho, CEO and Co-Founder of ScholarJet. “Not only that, the mentors we met at the competition continued to support us by giving us advice which was critical throughout the development of our venture. I also get to brag about it.”
For the fourth consecutive year, USPAACC will hold “What’s Your Pitch” at the Celebrasian Procurement and Business Conference. Entrepreneurs will take the stage to pitch their startups before an audience and panel of judges comprised of investors and corporate executives. Startups from across the nation will compete for cash prizes, brand exposure, and opportunities to receive direct consultation and support from judges.
The last day to apply for the 2018 “What’s Your Pitch” competition is April 29, 2018. For more information and to apply, visit the What's Your Pitch web page.
"Winning USPAACC’s What’s Your Pitch competition helped us bootstrap the startup until we started to generate revenue."
— Tuan Ho, CEO and Co-Founder of ScholarJet
ScholarJet offers a unique web-based platform that helps companies connect with students and its future workforce by creating “action-based” scholarships that showing off their skills and talents to their prospective sponsors.
According to ScholarJet’s business model, action-based scholarships feature “enriching challenges” tied to the benefactor companies and their respective missions. For the applicants, they will not only be given access to scholarships, but they will also “enhance” their application process by showing off their skills and talents to their prospective sponsors.
For example, instead of writing essays, applicants will participate in scholarship challenges in 5 main categories – STEM, Art/Media, Health/Wellness, Community/Civic Engagement, and Business – where students can paint, dance, code or even volunteer for their scholarship based on the “action” required by the challenge.
“We are changing the way students finance their education and the way that companies attract early talents through these action-based scholarships,” said Tuan Ho, CEO and Co-Founder of ScholarJet. “Our scholarships enable students to show their true potential through unique challenges.”
Founded in 1984 in the nation’s Capital, the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) is the most established and effective national nonprofit nonpartisan organization representing all Asian American and Asian American-related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, public and community services. Our mission is to promote and propel economic growth and job creation by opening doors to business and professional opportunities for Asian Americans and their partners in corporations, government at the federal, state and local levels, and the small, minority and diverse business communities. For 35 years, USPAACC has served and will continue to serve as the unified voice for equal opportunity in business for Asian Americans, as the gateway to corporate and government contracts, to Asian American suppliers, and information about Asian Americans and the Asia-Pacific and Indian Subcontinent markets.
Our signature annual thought-leadership programs include: College Hallmark Scholarship Program that began in 1989, One-on-One Prescheduled Business Matchmaking Meetings in 1998, Supplier Diversity & Procurement Leadership Caucus in 2004, Federal Contracting Town Hall Meetings in 2005, Fast 100 Asian American Businesses in 2008, Business Executive Coaching: ReadySetGrow in 2011, Chief Procurement Officers Forum in 2011, What’s Your Pitch Innovation Competitions in 2015, Chief Technology & Information Officers Forum in 2017, and Corporate Employee Business Resource Group Leadership Caucus in 2017.
Headquartered in Washington DC, USPAACC reaches Asian American businesses nationwide through regional chapters in California, Texas, New York, Georgia, Illinois and the Washington DC-Maryland-Virginia National Capital Area.
Fast 50 Asian American Business awardees earned collective revenue of $1.6 billion last year, and comprise an expansive list of industries.
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