HFTP Announces Winners from Second Entrepreneur 20X Pitch Competition

  • Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP)
  • 07.05.16
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) has announced the second Judges' Choice Award winner, Hello Scout Inc., and the first People's Startup Award winner, Daylighted, in its second Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) pitch competition during the 2016 Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC) last month in New Orleans, La.

The expanded program had 17 participating companies, a panel of 11 hospitality-renowned judges, 22 competition mentors and two awards given out.

After the three-hour competition which took place on Mon., June 20, 2016, the judge’s panel deliberated and selected Hello Scout, Inc. as the second E20X Judge’s Choice Award winner. The company offers a virtual travel assistant. Hello Scout, Inc. was presented with a $5,000 check, a trophy and a Tech Talk speaking opportunity at HITEC 2016.

“Thanks to everyone who helped make HFTP’s second E20X a riveting success,” said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. “Congratulations to both winners — we hope the participants will use their E20X experiences as a tool to help them as they continue to build their companies.”

Following the pitch competition, HITEC attendees were encouraged to visit the E20X pavilion, during exhibit hours, in the convention center’s exhibit hall to learn more about each company and vote for their favorite. Attendees were able to cast a vote for their favorite startup via the HITEC mobile app. Voting concluded the final day of the conference on Thurs., June 23, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., and the first People’s Startup Award winner, Daylighted, was awarded with a trophy at the closing keynote session. Daylighted offers digital art galleries.

“This year’s E20x competition featured top notch talent and judges,” said E20X emcee and HFTP global vice president Lyle Worthington, CHTP. “All of the entrepreneurs inspired the large audience with their passion for technology and innovative, revolutionary ideas. This year’s panel of judges was exceptional in the feedback and questions they provided each entrepreneur — their selection process for the Judge’s Choice winner was meticulous and well deserved.” 

HITEC 2017 is slated for June 26–29, 2017 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Expanding into Europe, the premiere HITEC Amsterdam is scheduled for March 28–30, 2017 at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.




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