Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), producers of Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®), is pleased to announce the selected hospitality technology startupsand expert judges panel that will participate in Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) at HITEC Amsterdam next month. All registered HITEC attendees are welcome to attend the action-packed pitch competition taking place on Wednesday, 11 April 2018 beginning at 14:30 in the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre.
Participants will have access to a team of mentors, before the competition, who will inspire and educate the startups by lending them insights, expertise and guidance. E20X innovators have four minutes to present their breakthrough business concepts to a room full of HITEC attendees as well as a panel of expert judges. Selected startups compete for two available awards: the E20X Judges' Award and the E20X People's Startup Award. The startup deemed "most innovative" by the judge's panel will win a €2,500 cash prize. The startup selected by HITEC Amsterdam attendees, via the HITEC mobile app, will be presented with a trophy on Friday, 13 April at the closing keynote session. Attendees will have additional opportunities to visit with startups in days following the competition at the Innovation Lab on the HITEC show floor.
The following innovative startups will pitch their cutting-edge ideas to a room full of attendees and a panel of expert judges at the Amsterdam version of the globally recognized pitch competition. The 2018 E20X Amsterdam pitching companies include:
- Orbital Systems AB
- Climber Hotel
E20X Amsterdam pitchers will present their technologies to an expert panel of judges with backgrounds in hospitality, technology and entrepreneurship. The 2018 E20X Amsterdam judges' panel includes:
- Carson Booth, CHTP, startup technology consultant at Venture Capital & Private Equity and chairman of the HITEC Amsterdam 2018 Advisory Council
- Prakash Shukla, managing partner at Solarex
- Michael Levie, CHTP, chief operations officer at citizenM and treasurer on the HFTP Global 2017-2018 Board of Directors
- Barry Thomas, CHTP, area director of information technology at Rosewood, London and council member on the HITEC Amsterdam 2018 Advisory Council
"Entrepreneur 20X is a great platform for hospitality startups to present their business concepts to the industry," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe. "HITEC brings together hospitality leaders from across the globe –creating an unparalleled network for attendees."
Watch E20X videos from previous years on the HFTP YouTube channel. For more information on HITEC Amsterdam marketing opportunities, contact HFTP COO, Europe Carl Weldon at email@example.com or +1 (512) 220-4164. For more information about HFTP's global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.
HITEC Amsterdam will be the first of three HITEC events in 2018. The larger HITEC Houston will take place 18-21 June at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas USA. HITEC Dubai will take place 5-6 December at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, UAE.
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