Property managers are always on the lookout for new specialised software and products to streamline their operations, marketing, distribution, guest communication and other processes.

Startups around the world are always ready to respond to this need, coming up with innovative products and services to help property managers step up their game. 

In its fourth consecutive year, the VrTech Startup Competition aims to bring the most innovative young startups in the vacation rental industry into “the limelight they deserve”. It celebrates the creativity and the bright minds that the vacation industry has attracted in recent years. 

And now, we’re inviting you to vote for your favourite startup

One startup chosen by the public will have the opportunity to participate in the VrTech Startup Competition finals at the Vacation Rental World Summit 2020. The other two finalists will be chosen by an expert panel of judges.

You’ll find a list of this year’s contestants below. Voting is open until June 30th, 2020. Place your votes here:

What is the VrTech Startup Competition?

“The VrTech Award allows for amazing industry recognition and many new partners and friendships.”

Michael Driedger, CEO of Operto, VrTech Award Winner 2019

The VrTech Startup Competition aims to showcase young tech companies creating innovative solutions for the vacation rental industry. Applications for 2020 are now closed. We have a shortlist of 19 companies – and one of them will be this year’s winner! 

“The VrTech Startup Competition was a fantastic platform for us to springboard into the travel tech space which allowed us increased visibility to gain new clients as well as develop crucial partnerships”

Piotr Kubiczek, CEO of Hello Here, Vrtech Award Winner 2017

The three finalists – one chosen by you, and the other two by a panel of judges – will have 10 minutes to present their business in front of industry professionals at the Vacation Rental World Summit in Annecy, France, on the 10th-11th of October. They will pitch to a crowd of property managers and owners who will then decide who takes home the award.

“We applied for the VrTech Awards because we wanted to meet a lot of people in the sector. And to be honest, it couldn’t get much better for us! Great experience, fantastic networking opportunities, we’ve taken several fruitful partnerships away!”

Jacob Wedderburn-Day, CEO and Co-Founder of Stasher, VrTech Award Winner 2018 

The winners of the last 3 years are:

Here are the 19 contenders of the VrTech Startup Competition 2020 – vote for your favourite now!

1. Revyoos

  • Founded: 2020
  • Registered Location: Spain
  • Category of Service: review widget

Revyoos is the only all-in-one review aggregator for short-term rentals. The easy-to-use platform helps property managers and owners improve their SEO, credibility and conversions by gathering all their reviews spread across different channels in one place. Their scalable, cloud-only technology allows businesses of different sizes to make the most out of invaluable social proof. 

2. Ciao Booking

  • Founded: 2018
  • Registered Location: Italy
  • Category of Service: PMS

Ciao Booking is a new-generation PMS built for smart managers who want to improve the performance of their business while drastically reducing the time spent on repetitive tasks. The platform has several features such as a CRM, a channel manager and automatic messaging. It also has a built-in revenue intelligence tool, advanced analytics and more.

3. Trips Community

  • Founded: 2018
  • Registered Location: Tallinn, Estonia
  • Category of Service: booking platform

Trips Community was built with the aim of removing the middleman and providing an opportunity for real peer-to-peer booking. The platform allows guests to book other people’s houses directly, in a fair and decentralised way, without going through big OTAs. The founders have 19 years of experience in the vacation rental industry and their aim is to help owners increase their revenue and offer cheaper prices to guests.

4. Padlifter

  • Founded: 2017
  • Registered Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Category of Service: marketplace

Padlifter is the world’s largest marketplace for short-term rental service providers. It allows property managers and owner to search for products and services that make their lives easier, improve their guest experience and help them increase their revenue. You can search by service category – from channel/property management software to handyman and maintenance services – and by location. 

5. B2Book

  • Founded: 2017
  • Registered Location: Rome, Italy
  • Category of Service: GDS

B2Book is a B2B distribution system for short-term rentals. It helps property managers increase their revenue by expanding their distribution to a global network of travel agents, B2B wholesalers and tour operators. Thanks to B2Book, short-term rentals can cast a wider net and go beyond customer-facing websites when it comes to distribution, just like hotels have been doing for decades. To find out more, read our blog post on How to get bookings from travel agents.

6. KeyData Dashboard

  • Founded: 2018
  • Registered Location: Santa Rosa Beach, FL, US
  • Category of Service: data provider

KeyData Dashboard is the number one provider of real-time market data for the short-term rental industry, used by over 700 property managers and tourism organisations worldwide. The business intelligence (BI) and benchmarking tool provides clear insight into your business’s core metrics and easy-to-understand performance data from your competitors. Key Data integrates directly with 30+ property management systems and provides robust reporting dashboards.

7. Komodore  

  • Founded: 2018
  • Registered Location: Spain 
  • Category of Service: check-in-app, smart lock

Komodore is a guest management platform that eliminates repetitive check-in tasks, automates guest communication and lets you register guests with the authorities in a simple and easy way. It’s an all-in-one solution that comes with a welcome app and smart locks. Save time and improve the guest experience at the same time.

8. Check-in Scan

  • Founded: 2017
  • Registered Location: Spain 
  • Category of Service: check-in-app

Check-in Scan is an app that lets property managers quickly scan in their guests’ photo IDs and send them to the police for security checks. It’s a fast and easy way to automate your check-in process and meet all legal requirements.

9. Autohost 

  • Founded: 2019
  • Registered Location: Canada  
  • Category of Service: security software 

Autohost is a security solution that scans, ranks and analyses every reservation, pinpointing risks and giving you actionable recommendations. From enquiry to check-in, they continually assess changes and give you suggestions on how to respond to specific situations. Avoid parties, fraud, chargebacks, crime and potential damage to your property.

10. Yada

  • Founded: 2019
  • Registered Location: United Kingdom 
  • Category of Service: chatbot and voice concierge

Yada is an intelligent chatbot that automates guest messaging for vacation rentals and hotels. Their AI-powered solution lets you drive growth and boost guest satisfaction at each stage of the guest journey by automating conversations related to booking, in-rental/room support, and post-stay brand building. 

11. Stay Share 

  • Founded: 2019
  • Registered Location: United States 
  • Category of Service: Property Management Software 

Stay Share is a property management system (PMS) to help professional property managers future-proof their business and scale with confidence. The platform’s features include branded websites, distribution marketing, payment processing, trust accounting, owner management, tax reporting, a booking engine and more in a single platform. It also has full 2-way integrations with Rentals United, HomeAway/VRBO, AirBnB and Booking.com.

12. Mi Casa Es Tu Casa 

  • Founded: 2018
  • Registered Location: France
  • Category of Service: referral network

Mi Casa Es Tu Casa is a community built on trust that enables property owners to rent their vacation rental with confidence. The co-optation system lets you connect directly with the members of the community, from your friends to your friends’ friends and sometimes even your friends’ friends’ friends or families. With their freemium offer, owners can promote their rentals with different visibility options. No commissions or agency fees.

13. SUPERHOG 

  • Founded: 2019
  • Registered Location: United Kingdom 
  • Category of Service: verification and membership platform

SUPERHOG is a Trust Membership Platform, combining ID verification and property certification with insurance to ensure hosts and homes are checked and safe, and ultimately protected if something goes wrong. They provide a £1 million guarantee, damage and liability protection for hosts, and a relocation allowance for guests just in case the home fails during a booking.

14. StayFi

  • Founded: 2018
  • Registered Location: United States 
  • Category of Service: WiFi marketing solution

StayFi helps short-term rental managers take back control over their data and become less dependent on OTAs. Their platform lets you collect guest data through branded captive WiFi pages. This way, you can collect emails from every guest – not just the booker. They also help you automate your marketing to get more repeat bookings. 

15. Lula.Cleaning 

  • Founded: 2018
  • Registered location: Poland 
  • Category of Service: housekeeping management service 

Lula.Cleaning solves the problem of manual task scheduling and communication between housekeeping team members. A solution for individual hosts, property managers and cleaning companies, it helps you assign tasks and automate communication with cleaning crews. The app also integrates with Airbnb and Booking.com, as well as several Channel Managers. 

16. Domo 

  • Founded: 2018
  • Registered location: France
  • Category of Service: guest experience and upselling

Domo is revolutionising in-room/house guest experience by offering an innovative digital approach to entertainment and concierge services upselling. With the help of cutting-edge technology on TV and tablets, guests can book a chauffeur, order food or watch TV channels and streaming services. Domo also provides keyless entry with a unique check-in code for each guest and controls all compatible smart home devices. 

17. Modosmart 

  • Founded: 2018
  • Registered Location: Spain 
  • Category of Service: Remote control for air-conditioning

Modosmart is Helping property managers reduce energy expenses, operation time and problems. We have a universal plug-and-play solution for intelligent control of air conditioning.

18. Vrolio

  • Founded: 2018
  • Registered Location: United States 
  • Category of Service: Marketplace for owners and property managers

Vrolio is a marketplace where owners of vacation rentals can list their homes for sale which provides our investor network with opportunities to purchase existing vacation/short term rental properties.

19. ConciergeBot 

  • Founded: 2017
  • Registered Location: United States
  • Category of Service: virtual concierge

ConciergeBot is a white-label, artificially intelligent virtual concierge platform for vacation rentals, boutique hotels and mid-sized conferences or events. Offer your guests 24/7 support, arrange a late check-out and save time by letting ConciergeBot take over your guest communication. 

Thanks for helping VrTech choose the best vacation rental tech startup of the year!