HR Tech Pitchfest 2021

Take Part in the 2021 HR Tech Pitchfest

Sponsored by: Randstad Innovation Fund


Who Can Apply for Pitchfest?

Any exhibiting HR Technology Conference startup can submit an application to participate in the Pitchfest, whether your idea is at the concept stage, is being piloted or if your company is already operating. We’re seeking innovative products and services from startups worldwide. All participants have an equal chance of winning.

Schedule and Format

Preliminary Rounds: Pitchfest Theater in the Expo Hall

Tuesday, September 28 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 29 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

In each round, ten participating companies will have three minutes to present, then two minutes to answer questions from the judges.

Of the ten companies presenting in each preliminary round, two from each round will be selected to advance to the Pitchfest final!

Final Round: Pitchfest Theater in the Expo Hall

Thursday, September 30 10 - 11 a.m.

Each of the six companies in the final round will have five minutes to present and two to three minutes to answer questions from the judges.


A unique panel of judges will be seated for each round, including the final round. Judges are selected from a broad range of backgrounds in HR technology. Judges’ input will be limited to questions asked of the participants and any comments made after each presentation.

Each round will also include audience voting. The audience vote will count for 30% of a participant’s final score and the judges’ votes will count for 70% of the final score. The total score earned by each company in the preliminary rounds will determine which six companies will advance to the finals.

Competition Prize Package

Winner's Prize Package

  • $30,000 prize donated by Randstad Innovation Fund
  • 10' x 10' Booth Space at the 2022 HR Tech Conference

Sponsored by: Randstad Innovation Fund


Application Submission Deadline:
July 30, 2021

Notification of Selection:
No later than August 10, 2021

If you have any questions please email Sharon Staehle at

Your Intellectual Property

Competitions of this type sometimes raise concerns about intellectual property rights. Please note that the HR Technology Conference is not able to protect or advise you on your intellectual property rights. The HR Technology Conference cannot and does not take any responsibility for protecting your rights. Also, note that the HR Technology Conference does not require non-disclosure or confidentiality requirements from those involved in the Pitchfest process. Applicants are solely responsible for protecting their intellectual property rights as related to applying and participation.

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