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ENTREPRENEUR 20X HISTORY

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP ®) introduced its hospitality technology start-up pitch competition Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) on June 15, 2015 at HITEC Austin. The inaugural event gathered nine competitors to present their product in four minutes to a panel of expert judges with backgrounds in hospitality, technology and entrepreneurship. At the conclusion of the event, the judges determined which technology was the most disruptive and game-changing to the industry to award the top prize, the Judge’s Choice award.

The winning company in that first year was Whistle, a service that aggregates customer communications into minimalistic web and mobile admin panels and allows businesses to respond or triage incoming messages via a real-time chat interface to and from the customer’s preferred app.

"The most valuable element of Entrepreneur 20X for Whistle has been the validation and exposure to industry leaders and professionals," said Christopher Hovanessian, co-founder and president of Whistle. "Being the winner of the first E20X competition is definitely a very exciting accomplishment for us and it feels great! It’s an amazing feeling to find out directly from the industry experts that our hard work is recognized and paying off."

In addition to the competition, the participating companies were given a space in the E20X pavilion in the HITEC exhibit hall. This gave them the opportunity to speak one-on-one with HITEC attendees about their technologies.

Following the initial success of the competition, HFTP continues to produce E20X as part of its HITEC program. In 2017, HFTP added another annual E20X competition at HITEC Europe, when it debuted in Amsterdam that March. Other features added to the competition include a People’s Choice award, when a competing technology is selected by votes from HITEC attendees and presented on the last day of HITEC. Also offered to competitors is a mentorship program, where company representatives meet with experienced hospitality professionals to hone their presentation.

2018 ENTREPRENEUR 20X (E20X) WINNERS

JUDGE'S CHOICE
AWARD

2018 E20X Houston 

Reply.ai

PEOPLE'S CHOICE
AWARD

2018 E20X Houston 

BEEKEEPER

JUDGE'S CHOICE
AWARD

2018 E20X Amsterdam

KITRO

PEOPLE'S CHOICE
AWARD

2018 E20X Amsterdam

Arrivedo

2017 ENTREPRENEUR 20X (E20X) WINNERS

JUDGE'S CHOICE
AWARD

2017 E20X Toronto

Stay Wanderful

PEOPLE'S CHOICE
AWARD

2017 E20X Toronto

Arrivedo

JUDGE'S CHOICE
AWARD

2017 E20X Amsterdam

Hyre

PEOPLE'S CHOICE
AWARD

2017 E20X Amsterdam

Hyre

2016 And 2015

ENTREPRENEUR 20X (E20X) WINNERS

JUDGE'S CHOICE
AWARD

2016 E20X New Orleans

Daylighted

PEOPLE'S CHOICE
AWARD

2016 E20X New Orleans

Daylighted

  

 

 

JUDGE'S CHOICE
AWARD

2015 E20X Austin

Whistle

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