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


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.


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


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.


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, he now acts as investor/advisor for various businesses including and

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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.