March 13, 2019 | Washington, DC
CALL FOR ENTRIES: National Innovations Competition Now Open for Applications
Washington, DC – March 13, 2019 – The 5th Annual National Innovations competition “What’s Your Pitch: Innovations Meet the
Market” is open for applications.
Created by the US Pan Asian
American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC), the competition
seeks promising and innovative startups from diverse industries. They will
pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win over $100,000 in prizes.
Participants will also have the
opportunity to be coached by venture capitalists, successful entrepreneurs from
Silicon Valley and Houston’s technology and business hubs, to network with Fortune
1000 executives and
other industry disruptors.
This year, USPAACC partners with Rice Alliance for
Technology and Entrepreneurship at Rice University in Houston, to
present this competition. Joined by USPAACC Southeast Regional Chamber in Georgia, the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, other local Asian
Chambers in Texas, the competition
has reached another level of growth and prominence.
Through this program, USPAACC enables the
local chapters and chambers create their own innovation hubs and cultivate
their pipeline of rising-star entrepreneurs.
Legacy sponsor of this
competition is Wells Fargo, and co-Sponsor is Southern California Edison, at press time. There are
more to come.
Committee Co-Chairs are Terry
Hsiao, Founder and CEO of Hook Mobile and Head of Strategy at Kaleyra; and
Diane Yoo, Director at Rice Angel Network.
Applicants will vie for the top
prize by pitching their innovative ideas, products, and services in 4 categories: Consumer Goods, Technology, Life Science
& Healthcare, and Energy & Utilities.
Since 2017, alumni from “What’s
Your Pitch” competition have raised over $3 million. They have also been
featured in Forbes 30 under 30, and
delivered keynote speeches in leading industry
events around the world. Previous participants also joined the USPAACC Pitch
Alums Social Group to create a strong network of Pan Asian American and other
minority entrepreneurs to connect and
learn from each other.
The competition will have 3
rounds: preliminary, semi-final and final. The preliminary round will be
held in Austin, TX, Atlanta, GA, Charlotte, NC and New York City, NY. Five
winners will be selected to compete in the Semi-Final Round at Rice
Houston, during USPAACC’s pre-conference event on June 4, 2019.
The Final Round will be held on
June 5 during USPAACC’s 34th Annual CelebrAsian 2019
Procurement + Business Conference at the Hilton
Americas-Houston in Texas. CelebrAsian – which runs from June
5 to 7, 2019 – is the country’s largest and most established
business-to-business conference convened by Pan Asian Americans.
The judges will
be venture capitalists and potential investors,
community and corporate leaders, Fortune powerhouse executives,
seasoned and successful entrepreneurs, disruptors and more.
Application is open until April
To learn more or to apply, visit
For more information on CelebrAsian
2019 or USPAACC, visit http://celebrasianconference.com or https://www.uspaacc.com
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