Pitch Competition July 18

NCHRA, in partnership with Insperity and Plug and Play, bring our community a modern and easy way to reach your target audience.

As a lead-up to HR TechXpo 2018, we will be holding an HR tech startup pitch competition, sponsored by Insperity, at the Plug and Play Headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA on July 18th. To watch the competition as an attendee, click here.

To qualify to pitch, your startup must 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, savvy entrepreneurs in the digital HR/workplace 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 your product in front of hundreds of people, including funders and customers.

Ready to pitch? Here is how it works:

  • Submit Your Pitch by June 30
  • Selection notification will be July 11
  • Prepare your pitch for July 18, 4-7pm at Plug and Play
  • Pitch at Plug and Play in front of judges and attendees
  • The top 1-12 picks will be interviewed on the Live Internet Talk Show at HR TechXpo on August 28, and the top 4 will pitch again to the live audience to vie for the winning spot.
  • Just want to watch? Register here


“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!


John Hu is a growth equity investor with Norwest Venture Partners. Norwest is a $7.5bn Growth Equity and Venture Capital Fund helping build innovative and high-impact businesses. Their portfolio includes Uber, Spotify, Jet.com, Casper Mattress, Kendra Scott, Rackspace, LendingClub, Udemy and Infutor. John’s background includes being an analyst with Goldman Sachs. He graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in both Finance and computer science.

Arun Penmetsa is a Partner at Storm Ventures and focuses on early stage Enterprise software companies, primarily in SaaS, Security and Digital Health startups. He has extensive experience building enterprise software solutions at Oracle and Google. Arun is passionate about healthcare and using technology to improve outcomes and drive efficiency for patients, providers and payers. He is also an investor in several healthcare groups in India where he serves as an advisor on technology and population health. In his spare time, Arun enjoys spending time with family and hiking.


Eve Phillips is a group product manager at Google. Her education at both Stanford University (MBA) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BS Computer Science) has supported her success as former CEO of Chirp Interactive and founder/CEO of Empower Interactive, her background also includes roles at Greylock Partners and eCert, Inc. When not working, Eve is an active runner, athlete and mom, and serves as mayor of the town she lives in (Orinda).


Noorjit Sidhu hails from our own Plug and Play Ventures, where he focuses on Enterprise 2.0. He leads much of the sourcing, vetting, due diligence, and more for Plug and Play’s HR tech-focused investments. He also does the same for InsurTech investments. He holds a JD from University of Chicago Law School and did his undergraduate studies at the University of California, San Diego.