Meet the innovative minds behind the companies that disrupted the hospitality and travel industry! Learn from successful founders and investors – how they scaled their companies while disrupting a fragmented market, that was not especially known to be tech-savvy. Join us for an evening of knowledge sharing and networking!
Note for startups: One-on-one meetings with Techstars (for Hospitality) and Amadeus Ventures (for Travel) will be held before the event. If you’re interested, please request a slot HERE.
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Enrique “Kike” Sarasola, Founder and President of Room Mate Hotels & BeMate
Founded in 2005, Room Mate Hotels is an international chain of one-of-a-kind boutique hotels, with currently 23 properties and eight upcoming openings. The Room Mate brand is intended for design and city lovers who want to feel at home, it is affordable luxury. His latest company, BeMate, offers unique apartments with the possibility to enjoy the additional services of a hotel, currently running in more than 10 major cities.
José del Barrio, CEO & Founding Partner of Samaipata Ventures, previously CEO & Co-founder of La Nevera Roja
Samaipata Ventures is a venture capital fund investing in early stage marketplaces & disruptive e-commerce businesses across Europe, with a focus on Southern Europe. The firm was founded by José del Barrio, a Spanish entrepreneur who, along with a team of top professionals, pioneered food delivery services in Spain with La Nevera Roja (acquired by Rocket Internet, then Just Eat).
Jens Lapinski, Managing Director of the METRO Accelerator for Hospitality, powered by Techstars
The METRO Accelerator for Hospitality, powered by Techstars is a highly selective mentorship program for tech startups across the entire value chain of Hospitality. Investing in ten companies each year who gather in Berlin for 3 months to accelerate their businesses with unprecedented access to resources from the METRO and Techstars networks.
Amadeus Ventures is the corporate venture fund of Amadeus IT Group, the leading technology provider in the travel industry globally. The fund aims to drive strategic value through early stage minority investments in startups sitting at the crossroads of travel and technology.
Carlos Gomez, CEO & Co-founder of Cheerfy
Founded in 2015, Cheerfy brings the beauty of online personalisation to the offline world. Cheerfy is backed by investors such as Techstars (Uber, Twilio et al.) and METRO (8th Retailer Globally), and has been featured by CB Insights as one of the startups worldwide creating the store of the future.
The panel will be moderated by Beatriz Romanos, Founder & Editor of TechFood Magazine, a publication for the Spanish speaking world devoted to innovation and digitalization in Hospitality & Food Tech.
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