START-UP COMPETITION 2017

Vacation Rental Technology

Participate in the VrTech Start-Up Competition, the 1st of its kind and in its 1st edition in 2017! We invite start-ups to apply until the 7th of August 2017. 3 Finalists will be selected by a panel of experts and they will then get to present their start-up in front of a crowd of Vacation Rental Managers and Owners at the Vacation Rental World Summit in Florence on the 23rd-24th of Septembre 2017. The winner will be chosen by the attendees and will win a number of prizes.

Come and vote for your favourite start-up

IMPORTANT RULES BEFORE YOU APPLY

Read before you apply!

  • Your start-up must be founded in 2014 or thereafter
  • The cost to travel & stay in Florence must be paid by you.
  • If you’re a finalist you MUST be present at the conference on the 23rd and 24th of September 2017.
  • Your ticket for the Vacation Rental World Summit will be paid by the sponsor
  • Your service must be a technology exclusively aimed at vacation rental professionals (property management companies cannot apply)
  • Apply until the 7th of August 2017. Finalists will be announced on the 15th of August 2017.

SPONSOR & PRIZES

HOWZAT Partners is an investment fund which invests in digital business.

As the winner of the VrTech 2017 Competition you will get:

  • Access to Howzat Partners’ investment fund large network of contacts
  • A Workshop day with one of Howzat Partners founders
  • A tech consultancy day with the Head of Tech DD at Howzat Partners
  • 2 tickets for the Slush Start up conference in Helsinki  NOV 30-DEC 1

OUR JURY

Meet the judges

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Antonio Bortolotti

Speaker, coach and host of the Vacation Rental World Summit, Antonio is an entrepreneur with a reputable experience in the travel industry and a proven record of success gained in tourism at different levels over the last 20 years.

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Sascha Hausmann

Sascha is a partner at Howzat, the CEO of busyrooms a CRS for the hotel industry and a well-recognised figure in several industries, speaking at many events and being a senior advisor, board member and investor to various companies in the online marketplace.

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Matt Landau

The Founder of Vacation Rental Marketing Blog, a cutting-edge resource in the emerging vacation rental industry and the co-founder of Esperanza Social Venture Club, a gang re-integration project in the evolving historic district of Casco Viejo.

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Sam Friend

Sam is a seasoned executive, investor and entrepreneur with strengths in scaling online travel businesses, angel investing and commercial strategy. Ex-COO/CFO of Wotif.com, he now acts as investor/advisor for various businesses including PrivateFly.com and HouseTrip.com.

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Andy McNulty

Andy is a fashion executive who has spent 15 years working for various brands including Alexander McQueen, Gucci, and Victoria Beckham. Andy is also the Co-founder of two vacation rental industry start ups, TouchStay and GuestHook.