3 May 2018

Last Chance for Startups to Apply to Compete in Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) at HITEC Houston

  • Last Chance for Startups to Apply to Compete in Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) at HITEC HoustonLast Chance for Startups to Apply to Compete in Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) at HITEC Houston

Are you a hospitality startup? Apply to be in the largest Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) pitch competition of the year, taking place at HITEC Houston this June. Deadline to apply is May 4. 

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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.


1) 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.

2) PEOPLE'S CHOICE 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.

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Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference (HITEC®) is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education, and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place. The unparalleled event offers attendees essential education, access to top hospitality technology industry experts and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Combined with the intimate opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, HITEC has everything to enhance your career.Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break tradition in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. borders– in Toronto, Amsterdam and Dubai. This was the first time the global association's largest HITEC event – featuring thousands of hospitality professionals from around the world –took place outside of the United States. For more information about HITEC, visit www.hitec.org. Follow HITEC on social media: Facebook (@HITECconference); LinkedIn; Twitter (@HFTP); Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC). Find updates on the HFTP News page, and exhibitor news on the HITEC Bytes site. HITEC event photos are available on Flickr, and HFTP event videos are available on YouTube.

About HFTP
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), established in 1952, is a hospitality nonprofit association headquartered in Austin, Texas USA with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Dubai. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with an international network of members and stakeholders. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues, and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. HFTP offers expert networks, educational resources, career development programs, research, leadership opportunities and conferences and events. HFTP produces international events throughout the year, including the world's largest hospitality technology tradeshow and conference brand: HITEC. The association also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch.com®. For more information about HFTP, visit www.hftp.org.For the latest news, visit the HFTP News page at news.hftp.org and the HFTP Connect blog at blog.hftp.orgFollow HFTP on social media: Facebook (@HFTPGlobal); LinkedIn; Twitter (@HFTP); Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC). Stay tuned to HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HFTP News, HITEC Bytes, HFTP Club Bytes, HFTP Finance Bytes, HFTP GDPR Bytes and HFTP FB Bytes. HFTP event photos are available on Flickr, and HFTP event videos are available on YouTube.