Global industrial and manufacturing firm Ingersoll Rand presented the Ingersoll Rand Manufacturer Award to GrowSquares, the 1st place winner of US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC)’s 5th annual national “What’s Your Pitch: Innovations Meet the Market,” on June 5, 2019 at the Hilton Americas-Houston in Texas.Read More
"What's Your Pitch" Winner Attracts Potential Investors from Silicon Valley, New York, and Texas
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: An Innovative Platform Changes the Way Students Finance Their Education
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 as a national non-profit non-partisan organization, USPAACC promotes and propels economic growth by opening doors to business, educational and professional opportunities for Asian Americans and the small and minority community. USPAACC IRS Tax Exemption # 52-164-1440
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