The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET) hosted the second edition of its startup pitch contest in collaboration with one of its global partners, the University of Silicon Alliance. The Fall 2022 SCET-Silicon Alliance Pitch Contest took place in person at the SCET Main Space on UC Berkeley’s campus, on November 9, 2022.

Designed for Cal students and international teams working on early-stage venture projects, this Pitch Contest had a focus on innovation and technology entrepreneurship. More than 60 applications were received from UC Berkeley and the University of Silicon Alliance, with projects spanning various industries and sectors such as data, health, and alternative foods. Out of the 60+ teams, 12 were selected as finalists to pitch their projects in front of a panel of industry experts.

Selected teams had the opportunity to pitch their project idea for 3 minutes to a panel of industry experts. Each team had the opportunity to receive personalized feedback from the panel for 5 minutes. Each team was evaluated based on the following criteria: a). the opportunity and problem being solved; b). the customer and market opportunity; c). the technology, innovation, and differentiation; d). the business model and GTM strategy; and e). the quality of the overall presentation along with Q&As. Thus, all the teams presented information on the customer(s), market size, competitive landscape, financial projections, and a business roadmap for their early-stage projects. Moreover, a short solution demo was also required as part of the presentation. The winning teams had the opportunity to win up to $3,000 in funding for their startups!

Pitch Contest Judges: Dr. Celia Homyak, Huan Li, Jay Chen and Shuo Yan
Pitch Contest Judges: Dr. Celia Homyak, Huan Li, Jay Chen and Shuo Yan

The Winners of the SCET-Silicon Alliance Pitch Contest

1st place – Sam Hsieh, HUA Cloud Intelligent Healthcare Co. from the Silicon Lake Vocational and Technical College in Suzhou, China for Painless Blood Test Device & Health Care, a self-help painless body fluid extraction device.

2nd place – Nafeh Shoaib and Rohan Shanbhag for Humine Labs, a privacy-centric DCT Marketplace of health data for health research.

3rd place – Isha Ukani and James Wang for Hardly Foods, a plant-based hard boiled eggs alternative for restaurants and consumers.

About SCET at UC Berkeley

The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology is a global innovation hub headquartered at UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, where aspiring entrepreneurs take deep dives into the world of technology entrepreneurship and embark on the path to develop new ventures. SCET offers courses and programs for students, executives, and global innovators, and it attracts academics from around the world that want to learn about the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship, a unique innovation pedagogy that focuses on mindset training for innovators and entrepreneurs.

UC Berkeley is the world’s #1 public university and ranks as the #2 university for startups and entrepreneurs, according to Pitchbook.

About the University of Silicon Alliance

Headquartered in Santa Clara California, the University of Silicon Alliance collaborates with the top universities in Silicon Valley in the United States to redefine online education. Its mission is to bring students from all over the world to study at the forefront of innovation and development in Silicon Valley. Learn more at