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Call for Participation: Startup Pitch Competition at UKC

The Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA) hosts its second Startup Pitch Competition on December 16th, 2020 during the US-Korea Conference (UKC) that is held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The competition aims to provide promising early-stage companies from the US and Korea with the platform to pitch their innovative solutions, ideas, and technologies to a captivated audience of industry professionals and acclaimed investors, especially promoting US-Korea cross-border startups that would maximize the synergy between the two countries. Of the many that apply, about 10 competition finalists will go head-to-head to compete for various types of awards including cash awards.

Selected Benefits to Semifinalists and Finalists

  • 1:1 online meeting with a matched venture capitalist
  • Poster presentation to those who are invited – investors, technologists, and industry veterans
  • Networking events with investors and potential partners
  • Scale-up opportunities through partnership with KSEA and its affiliated professional societies

How To Apply

Interested? We’d love to see you pitch! We request all applicants to submit a short video (video link) that gives us a sense of who you are and how your solution would be propelling the future of the world. Please submit your application at Video submissions should cover the following points in less than 5 minutes:

  • Your startup’s value proposition
  • Problem(s) your product and/or service is solving
  • Why your startup is a good fit for the KSEA StartUp Pitch Competition


Eligible startups must meet the following criteria as of September 30, 2020:

  • Have not received more than US$5 million in funding
  • Are less than 7 years old

Timeline (11:59 PM in Eastern time)

Application due  November 8th, 2020
Semifinalists notification November 12th, 2020
Finalists notification  November 21st, 2020
Pitch competition December 16th, 2020
Winners announcement December 17th, 2020

How to Win

  • Competition Finalists are expected to prepare a presentation showcasing the company’s innovative solution, idea, and/or technology. Finalists will pitch in English.
  • Each pitch will be timed to 5 minutes. At the end of the pitch, the panel of judges will be given additional 3 minutes for Q&A (up to three questions).
  • Finalists will be assessed by a dedicated panel of judges consisting of acclaimed investors and industry professionals, and the results will be announced at the Award Ceremony & Closing Session on the next day.

Questions may also be sent to
Many venture capitalists from USA and Korea accepted to judge or sponsor the competition.