HFTP announces startups for E20X at HITEC

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals announce the eight startups participating in Entrepreneur 20X Charlotte, to be held on June 26 at HITEC Charlotte. Technologies being showcased in the HITEC 2024 cohort run the gamut of streamlining both back- and front-of-house operations, building guest profiles for enhanced stay experiences and strengthening property-vendor relationships.

Participating in Entrepreneur 20X is not solely about pitching a great idea—"it's about showcasing your ability to disrupt and redefine the hospitality industry,"  HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe said in a statement. "The selection process is rigorous and designed to identify truly innovative solutions and entrepreneurs who have the potential to make a lasting impact. E20X offers a rare platform for emerging talents to be heard, seen and supported on their journey to success."

The participating 2024 E20X Charlotte startups are:

  • Affixify
  • Away Together
  • BonApp
  • Crqlar
  • Directful
  • Folio
  • H2O Connected
  • Yipy

Entrepreneur 20X is an opportunity for startups to gain visibility and credibility in the industry and network with fellow solution providers and influential industry professionals. Participants will have four minutes each to present their innovative products or services to a panel of judges with backgrounds in entrepreneurship and a live audience of HITEC attendees. Each pitch will be followed by another four minutes for Q&A between the judges and presenters.

The winning startup will receive a grand prize of $5,000 as the Judges’ Choice Award selection while the People’s Choice Award winner will also be recognized as voted on by their peers in real time during the presentation and deliberation periods. All startups will receive exposure to potential investors, customers and partners in the hospitality technology industry through their participation in the competition.

E20X participants receive a complimentary space to exhibit alongside more than 320 of their peers in the HITEC Charlotte exhibit hall at the E20X Pavilion. Pitchers will also have access to a team of industry mentors before the competition to inspire and educate the startups by lending them the insights, expertise and guidance they need to succeed for both the competition and their companies.