We’re announcing a brand-new format on our Startup Stage — the UNLEASH Lightning Round!
You may already know about our popular Startup Award, in which our top five finalists and one lucky wild card candidate pitch their product in front of a mixed panel of delegates, investors and experts, with the winner taking home a Gold-level sponsorship package for our next event.
It’s an exciting, competitive event, and we always have a ton of amazing candidates who just barely miss the cut, and we wanted to find a way to bring them the exposure they deserve.
This year, at UNLEASH America in Las Vegas, we’re excited to introduce the UNLEASH Lightning Round, in which our top semifinalists get a unique pitching opportunity before a special panel of judges.
This event will be dynamic and interactive, with startups pitching their products in three minutes or less and receiving instant feedback from our expert panel. Ultimately, both the judges and the audience will get the chance to decide whether they would (hypothetically) buy the product. The company with the most “buy-ins” will take the grand prize: a guaranteed competition spot in the upcoming UNLEASH event of their choice.
Our fantastic Lightning Round panel in Las Vegas will include:
- Bill Boorman, founder of #tru Conferences.
- Janine Truitt, chief innovations officer of Talent Think Innovations.
- George LaRocque, creator of HRWins by LaRocque.
- Rebecca Carr, vice president of product at SmartRecruiters.
Speaking of Wildcards …
We’ve committed to the continuation and expansion of the wildcard program we tested at the UNLEASH Conference & Expo in London. This program opens our pitching floor to non-exhibitors, offering startups who aren’t quite ready to exhibit at UNLEASH a shot at the prize. Any pre-series HR Tech startup with customers can apply and be included in our pre-judging for competition finalists. The highest-rated wildcard gets a spot in our Startup Award competition and a chance to take the grand prize.
We debuted this new program at UNLEASH Conference & Expo in London in March to great success. This is an evolving program, so watch for new and bigger opportunities for wildcards at UNLEASH World Conference & Expo in Amsterdam in October.
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