Virtual Travel Assistant and Digital Art Galleries Nab Entrepreneur Honors at HITEC

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) held its second Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) pitch competition during its 2016 Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITECSM) last month in New Orleans, La. USA. 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 took place on Monday, 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 USD check, a trophy and a Tech Talk speaking opportunity at HITEC 2016.
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 Thursday, 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.
HITEC 2016 was June 20–23 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La. USA. For detailed information about HITEC 2016, visit the HITEC 2016 mobile site or download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play. Read more about Entrepreneur 20X on HFTP Connect.
HITEC 2017 is slated for June 26–29, 2017 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada. 
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