Ingersoll Rand to Bestow Manufacturer Award at USPAACC’s National Innovation Competition

Washington, DC – April 15, 2019 – Ingersoll Rand, a global leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments, will present the Manufacturer Award at the annual national innovation competition “What’s Your Pitch: Innovations Meet the Market,” created by the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC).

The competition – now in its fifth year – shines the spotlight on promising and innovative startups from diverse and emerging industries, and puts them on the radars of potential investors, Fortune 1000 corporations, and the wider business community.

Ingersoll Rand joins legacy sponsor Wells Fargo and co-sponsor Southern California Edison. More sponsors are expected to sign on.

Startups will pitch their innovative ideas in 4 categories – consumer goods, technology, life science & healthcare, and energy & utilities – to a panel of judges for a chance to win over $100,000 worth of prizes.

The competition will have 3 rounds: preliminary, semi-final and final. The preliminary round will be held in Austin, TX, Atlanta, GA, Los Angeles, CA, Charlotte, NC and New York City, NY. Five winners will be selected from each city to compete in the semi-final round at Rice University in 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.

Applications are open until April 17, 2019. To learn more or to apply, visit

Participants will also have the opportunity to be coached by venture capitalists, successful entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and Houston’s technology and business hubs, and to network with Fortune 1000 executives and other industry disruptors.

This year, USPAACC partners with Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship of Rice University in Houston, Texas to present this competition, with support from Committee Co-Chairs Terry Hsiao, Founder and CEO of Hook Mobile and Head of Strategy at Kaleyra, and Diane Yoo, Director at Rice Angel Network.

Since its inception in 2015, alumni from “What’s Your Pitch” competition have raised over $3 million. They have also been featured in Forbes 30 under 30 and have delivered keynote speeches in leading industry events around the world.

The judges will be venture capitalists and potential investors, community and corporate leaders, Fortune powerhouse executives, seasoned and successful entrepreneurs, disruptors and more.

CelebrASIAN 2019, which runs from June 5 – 7, is the country’s largest and most established business-to-business conference convened by Pan Asian Americans.

The Conference theme, “BUnique Ignite Leadership Deliver Exceptional ResultS: BUILDERS of The American Dream” aims to help Pan Asian American entrepreneurs to create brighter and more prosperous futures.

CelebrASIAN 2019 is chaired by Angie Klett, Senior Vice President IT CFO and Chief Procurement Officer at Nationwide. Conference Co-Chairs are Ampcus, Bank of America, Pyramid Consulting, T-Mobile, and Wells Fargo.

For more information on CelebrASIAN 2019 or USPAACC, visit or

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