HFTP's entrepreneur 20x competition at HITEC

ENTREPRENEUR 20X (E20X) – Houston

CONGRATULATIONS to REPLY.AI for winning the E20X Judge's Choice Award!

CONGRATULATIONS to BEEKEEPER for winning the E20X People's Choice Award!


E20X Houston Fast Facts

  • Pitchers were selected from a large field of applicants.

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

  • Each startup also competed for the grand prize, or E20X Judge’s Choice Award. The winner took home $5,000.00 USD and is now guaranteed spots on HITEC show floors for the next 12 months.

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

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

  • Each startup received two full conference exhibitor registrations and extensive promotion by HFTP. 

NOTE: Pitching companies were 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 Choice Award

The 2018 E20X Houston Judge's Choice Award Winner was Reply.ai The judge’s panel determined the grand prize and Reply.ai took home $5,000 USD. 

People's Choice Award

HITEC Houston attendees were encouraged to attend, visit the startup’s at the E20X Innovation Lab on the exhibit hall floor. Attendees determined the crowd favorite, or E20X People’s Choice Award, winner by voting for their favorite startup via the HITEC app. 

“We loved the HITEC E20X competition,” said David Temple, from Hello Scout Inc., the winner of the Judge’s Choice 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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