Entrepreneurial Hospitality Innovation Workshop
In this session of our Entrepreneurial Hospitality Webinar Series, international hospitality entrepreneur Mauricio Prieto, co-founder of eDreams, will provide a window on the future of the hospitality business and how companies must innovate in order to thrive.
Mauricio Prieto is a partner at Travel Tech Essentialist, providing consulting and advisory services to investors (VCs, Private Equity, Hedge Funds…) and operators (from startups to public companies) in the travel, hospitality and media ecosystems. He has been active in the online travel industry since co-founding eDreams in 1999, where he was CMO and board member until 2015. By the time of eDreams Odigeo’s IPO in 2014 at an enterprise value of around $1.5 billion, eDreams had become the largest publicly traded eCommerce company in Europe and the 3rd largest online travel agency in the world, with $5.5 billion in bookings, $550 million in revenue and $140 million EBITDA.
Prieto is also a founding member of Barcelona Tech City and is on the board of directors of companies such as Wakanow (largest OTA in Africa), The Hotels Network (one of the fastest growing SaaS startups in hotel tech) and Plazah (personal commerce marketplace). In addition, he is a mentor and advisor at Plug & Play Technology Center (Silicon Valley’s largest innovation platform) and Revolution (VC investing in new hubs). He is a part-time teacher in the entrepreneurship department of IESE Business School.
Born and raised in Mexico, Mr. Prieto graduated from Princeton University and has an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley. He has also worked in product development at Charles Schwab & Company in San Francisco and as a consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton in Mexico City. He has lived 15 years in the U.S., 15 years in Spain and 21 years in Mexico.