HFTP's entrepreneur 20x competition at HITEC

ENTREPRENEUR 20X (E20X) – Houston

MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

Applications for startups will be accepted until May 4, 2018

Volunteer Applications  will be accepted until May 1, 2018

E20X Houston Fast Facts

  • Pitchers will be selected from the field of applicants

  • One person from each startup will pitch for four minutes to a packed session room and a panel of judges (pitch decks are allowed but no online demos or props)

  • Each startup will also compete for the grand prize, or E20X Judge’s Choice Award winner and will take home $5,000.00 USD and guaranteed spots on HITEC show floors for the next 12 months

  • Each startup will also compete for the People’s Choice Award, or crowd favorite, which will be selected by the HITEC attendees.

  • Each startup will be allowed a spot on the HITEC Houston show floor in the E20X Pavilion (includes electricity, kiosk, signage, company listing on the HITEC digital floorplan and mobile app).

  • Two full conference exhibitor registrations

  • Extensive promotion by HFTP

NOTE: Pitching companies will be Series A or a startup; past applicants and winners are welcome to come back as long as they are considered Series A or a startup.

About E20X

HITEC attendees will not want to miss this opportunity to watch some of the most innovative startups the hospitality technology industry has to offer compete to bring their dreams to life! All HITEC badges, including exhibits-only badges, are encouraged to attend.

Reinvigorating the hospitality technology industry, HFTP’s expanding E20X program features ambitious entrepreneurs presenting breakthrough business concepts to a room full of HITEC attendees as well as a panel of expert judges. HFTP debuted E20X in 2015 at HITEC Austin, where it generated an overwhelming amount of positive feedback, and since has expanded the event globally at HITEC Amsterdam.


Judge's Award

The judge’s panel will determine the grand prize, or the E20X Judge’s Award and will take home $5,000 USD. 

People's Startup Award

HITEC Houston attendees are encouraged to attend, visit the startup’s at the E20X Pavilion on the exhibit hall floor. Attendees will determine the crowd favorite, or E20X People’s Startup Award, winner by voting for their favorite startup.

“We loved the HITEC E20X competition,” said David Temple, from Hello Scout Inc., the winner of the Judge’s Award at the HITEC New Orleans E20X competition on June 20, 2016. “It provided us with great exposure and let us get our story in front of lots of people that we wouldn’t have otherwise been able to reach. That the judge’s chose us as the winner was the icing on the cake.” 


Please email the E20X Staff Liaisons at: E20X@hftp.org

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