Pitch Competition on July 18

NCHRA and Intactic have partnered to bring our community a modern and easy way to reach your target audience.

As a lead-up to HR TechXpo 2017, we will be holding an HR Tech startup pitch competition at the WeWork Transbay Workspace at 535 Mission St 14th Floor San Francisco on July 18th at 5-7 pm. To qualify, your startup has to be from 0 – 5 years old and be related to solving human problems at work through technology. We are looking for breakthrough ideas and welcome smart and savvy entrepreneurs in the digital human resource space to take part. This is an opportunity to be heard and selected by a distinguished panel of judges comprised of investors, entrepreneurs and senior executives from the human resources profession.



Get in front of hundreds of people, including funders and customers



Are you ready to pitch? Here is how it works:

  • Submit Your Pitch by June 30 (link below)
  • Selection notification will be July 11
  • Prepare your pitch for July 18, 7-9pm at WeWork
  • Pitch at WeWork in front of judges and attendees
  • Top picks will present at HRTechXpo on August 25


“A great opportunity to get in front of users, funders and promoters.”

– Greg Morton, CEO, NCHRA

Meet the judges:

Jose Benitez Cong

Human Capitalist & Restless Soul looking to disrupt. Currently looking to make the workplace more human and more effective, basically fixing the biggest frustration in my career and fix my previous mistakes. Formerly of Google ($3.2B acquisition of >), Nest Labs (early employee), and Apple (iPod, iPhone, SPG), LSI, and RBK. Talent Revolution!


Jorge Mendez Estrada

Jorge Davy-Méndez focuses on conducting research, assisting on due diligence and evaluating new investment prospects. He joined Kapor Capital in 2015 after working as a Tech, Media & Telecom Investment Banking Analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. He holds a MS in Management Studies from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and a BS in Health Sciences from Wake Forest University. Jorge previously interned at Acorn Investments, a seed-stage Green Materials VC, and the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, whose focus is creating social and economic justice in the Southeastern US. Jorge is passionate about leveraging technology to create positive social change and increasing opportunities and exposure in tech among currently under-represented populations.


Tae Hea Nahm

Tae Hea Nahm is co-founding Managing Director of Storm Ventures. He has incubated and invested in industry-leading enterprise startups, as the first or early investor. He was the founding CEO for AireSpace, later sold to Cisco for $450m. He also invested and served on the boards of Berkana (Qualcomm), Com2Us (Korean IPO), EchoSign (Adobe), Marketo (IPO) and Sierra Monolithics (Semtech). Currently, he is interested in SaaS (AirPR, BlueShift, Cloudwords, Engagio, Talkdesk and Tekion) and security (MobileIron and SourceClear).


Michael Papay

Michael is a technology entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience building and leading Software as a Service (SaaS) businesses within the discipline of Human Capital Management. Michael has been a co-founder and CEO of two HR Tech companies and the most recent venture, Waggl, is transforming the way organizations get feedback from employees. Over the last fifteen years a sample set of the clients who counted on the solutions Michael’s teams has created include GE, Honeywell, Cisco, Sony, HP, Agilent, Home Depot, Oracle, eBay, Yahoo!, Pfizer, Kaiser Permanente, Stanford University, Agilent, Genentech, Deloitte, Morgan Stanley, IRS, and Standard Chartered Bank. The products Michael and his teams created have improved the performance and engagement of thousands of organizations and hundreds of thousands of employees around the globe.


David Swanson

With over 25 years of human resources management experience, David Swanson is a panelist and keynote speaker on the Future of HR focusing on how HR can make an impact in the business through analytics and big data, not just activity reporting. He is an adjunct lecturer with the University of California, Santa Cruz Extension, and works with the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA) as both a presenter and facilitator. David is currently providing consulting that is focused on driving measurable business impact using data analytics in Human Resources.