2019 HR TechXpo
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Pitch Competition

Get your product in front of hundreds of people, including funders and customers at our HR tech startup pitch competition!

Be heard and selected by a distinguished panel of judges comprised of investors, entrepreneurs and senior executives from the human resources community. If you have a breakthrough idea for the digital HR workplace space and are a startup from 0-5 years old, read on and submit today!

Congratulations to the 4 finalists who will advance to the final round of the HR tech Pitch Competition and pitch live at both HR TechXpo San Francisco on 7/18, as well as HR TechXpo Seattle on 8/21!


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2019 Judges

Gopi Mattel headshotGopi Mattel is a serial entrepreneur and currently the Founder/CEO of CellarStone, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based company that provides solutions in the area of Sales Performance Management. Mattel is also the Founder/CEO of MaxBlox, Inc, a Platform as a Service (PaaS) company. Prior to this, Mattel had founded Motiva, Inc, which was acquired by Siebel, Inc. CellarStone and MaxBlox’s mission is to create businesses and jobs around the world.
Mattel is a Director of the Founder Institute at its Chennai, India chapter. Founder Institute is an accelerator that helps to create enduring startups.

Mike Bergelson headshotMike Bergelson is a 3x founder and CEO currently working with high-growth startups in the Bay Area and NYC as strategic advisor and extra set of hands for the CEO. Additionally Mr. Bergelson is a board member of UpStart Bay Area and is active as an angel investor.

Vince Kohli headshotVince Kohli a Silicon Valley tech visionary, inventor, and serial entrepreneur of 18+ years. He has extensive experience as a super angel investor, global venture mentor, blockchain popularizer, enterprise software cloud innovator, tech startup advisor, and corporate startup scaleup mentor. He is also a product strategist, visionary design thinker, creator of innovative business models, philanthropreneurologist, and token model economy expert.

Vince is the inventor of 'Problem Thinking' with proven experience working with Silicon Valley accelerators and incubators, as well as corporate venture capital firms. Specific to StartUp, Vince has invented 7 Second Pitch and Quality of Question leads to Prototype to Product. He is the author of a new book, titled Trillion Dollar Question.

Steve Cadigan HeadshotSteve Cadigan is a highly sought-after talent advisor to leaders and organizations across the globe. As founder of his own Silicon Valley-based firm, Cadigan Talent Ventures, Steve advises a wide range of domestic and international companies that include Twitter, Google, GoPro, The Royal Bank of Scotland, and the BBC. He is also regularly retained by some of Silicon Valley’s leading VC firms such as Andreesen Horowitz, Index Ventures, Sequoia, and Greylock Partners for his counsel on a wide range of talent topics.

Pitching Timeline

Pitch applications due

April 30

Semi-finalists notified


Semi-finalists present virtually

June 3

3 finalists chosen by judges, 1 finalist selected by the public [4 for SF event & 4 for Seattle event]

Finalists notified


4 finalists present LIVE at HR TechXpo San Francisco

July 18

4 finalists present LIVE at HR TechXpo Seattle

August 21

2018 Pitch Competition Winner

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