WorkTrips, as it exists today, first began life in 2016 as Hotailors — although the founders had been experimenting with travel technology startups since 2012. Back then, they focused on hotel personalisation for conference guests and speakers.
In the late 2015, during Startup Summit in Warsaw, the founders had an opportunity to wow Jakob Gajšek, the originator of ABC Accelerator, a well-known European programme. The team found out he is a Monthy Python fan, bought their book and had the hotel place it in his room with a note. It turned out that Jakob, had been looking for this book for a long time. He was so impressed that he immediately reached out to the Hotailors’ team and invited them to a 3 month programme to help them scale their business. This was the moment when Hotailors came to life as a brand.
In 2017 Hotailors team won “InCredibles” – a mentoring program organized by the biggest Polish startup investor Sebastian Kulczyk. The team were admitted into the second class at Google Campus Warsaw. Working with Google, It turned out that there is a great need to manage and bring visibility to the business travel of independent contractors. The decision to pivot into this direction pushed Hotailors on a path of rapid growth, while the team has grown to 30+ members.
In 2019 Hotailors have won a global purchase order from Vodafone Global at Arch Summit in Luxembourg. Year 2019 was crowned with a “Hot 25 Startups for 2020” title by PhocusWire. It did not take long to prove Hotailors were worthy of this award as they were invited to join SAP.iO Foundry San Francisco in the early 2020. Today Hotailors are listed in SAP Concur App Center and provides a seamless integration allowing to synchronize traveler data and push contractor expenses to SAP Concur.
Today Hotailors team consists of nearly 60 people worldwide in locations like Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg & the USA.
The originator, visionary and a driving force of Hotailors.
He brings over a decade of business travel management experience gained in the tourism and hotel industry. Before founding Hotailors, he worked with startups for four years, widening his knowledge, experience, and skills to manage them.
Filip boldly seeks new opportunities for the company’s development. He looks at innovation from the client perspective and always tries to use technologies to make their lives easier. His “impossible is nothing” attitude combined with hard work are the pillars of Hotailors’ success.
The man who makes the vision and technology work together.
He started his professional career during his studies, when he started working in the sales department of a large telecommunications company. He has been repeatedly recognized as a top B2B client executive. Michal’s years of sales experience helped to win our first corporate clients – Google & Vodafone.
Michał understands the startup dynamics very well and always looks for additional opportunities to accelerate growth. He is a supporter of eco-friendly solutions and reduction of the carbon footprint.
The “sourcecode” of knowledge and innovation at Hotailors.
Founder of the software house, where he actively produced IT solutions for the top brands across many industries. He ran it for 11 years, managing large development teams, widening his technological knowledge, and business acumen.
Maciej is an MVP evangelist, with a focus on solving real business problems that meet clients’ real needs and generate value from the very first weeks of cooperation. He is always looking for a way to make the Hotailors system even more intuitive, efficient, and user-friendly.
Award Winning Business Travel …we’ve also managed to squeeze in some time to win these awards