HFTP's entrepreneur 20x competition at HITEC

ENTREPRENEUR 20X (E20X) – Toronto

Monday, June 26, 2017
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre


HFTP is no longer accepting applications to compete in the Canadian version of E20X. The list of participants selected for the competition will be listed soon. There will be two separate E20X awards given at HITEC Toronto (see below).

E20X Startup Fast Facts:
-12-18 pitchers will be chosen depending on the field of applicants
- (1) person from each startup will pitch for 4 minutes to a packed session room and a panel of judges (pitch decks are allowed but no online demos or props)
-each startup will compete for the grand prize, or E20X Judge’s Award winner, that will take home $5,000 USD and guaranteed spots on HITEC show floors for the next 12 months
-each startup will compete for the People’s Startup Award that will be chosen by attendees through the HITEC 2017 app
-each startup will receive a guaranteed, complimentary spot on the HITEC Toronto show floor in the E20X Pavilion (includes electricity, stool, signage, company listing in HITEC Buyer’s Guide and mobile app, *PDF of pre-registrants, etc.)
-additional 10-minute speaking opportunity on the Digital Den stage on Tuesday and Wednesday at HITEC Toronto - pre-conference and onsite meetups with industry mentors coordinated by HFTP
-(2) full conference exhibitor registrations
-extensive promotion by HFTP

*In order to abide by the Canada Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), e-mail addresses for individuals residing in Canada will not be included.

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.

Judges & Mentors

E20X would not be the success it is without our amazing team of volunteers, including mentors and judges.

Would you like to serve as a Mentor or Judge?  Volunteer applications are still being accpeted!

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, unfunded entrepreneurs presenting breakthrough business concepts to a room full of HITEC attendees as well as a panel of expert judges including hospitality CIO’s, angel investors, serial entrepreneurs and industry insiders. HFTP debut E20X in 2015 at HITEC Austin, where it generated an overwhelming amount of positive feedback, and since has expanded the event globally with its first European feature at HITEC Amsterdam in 2017.


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 Toronto attendees are encouraged to attend, visit the startup’s at the E20X Pavilion on the exhibit hall floor as well as watch 10-minute presentations on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Digital Den. Attendees will determine the crowd favorite, or E20X People’s Startup Award, winner by voting for their favorite startup through the HITEC 2017 app – available for download via the Apple Store or Google Play.

“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.” 

Questions about E20X?

Contact HFTP's E20X Staff Liaison

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