HOWZAT ennea Group joins as a Founding Member, holds a seat on editorial committee to share knowledge, to steer and co-create educational content, promoting transparency and collaboration in the travel and hospitality technology space

The European investment and consultancy firm adds valuable industry expertise and an in-depth understanding of macro-trends and market movements impacting the travel and tourism industry to the existing board of the Founding Members at

Sascha Hausmann, Partner at HOWZAT ennea Group, says: “Our industry is highly interconnected, and there is a strong drive for digitization and technology in hospitality. We do see the increasing need for transparency, education, and collaboration. Working closely together across all industry layers will be imperative to drive a successful and sustainable recovery for the travel sector. We feel is a fantastic community to drive collaboration and exchange. We are keen to actively contribute to this mission towards a better informed and well-connected industry.”

The member companies and organizations represent various key players of different branches associated with the hotel and travel technology space. These forward-thinking industry stakeholders create influential industry alliances serving the interests of hoteliers, hospitality and travel professionals, technology providers, young talents, and universities alike. The dedicated industry community shares the mission of co-creating neutral, educational content around digitization and technology in the hospitality industry to foster transparency, collaboration, and innovation.

Cassian Silins, Partner at HOWZAT ennea Group comments: "Since its inception we have been keeping a watchful eye on, with its quality of content, depth of knowledge and ability to bring the industry together, they have truly stuck to the ethos of 'for industry, by industry'. There are so many moving parts to hospitality that often leave industry professionals playing catch-up and is bridging that knowledge gap. As a leading investment and consulting firm we are looking forward to supporting the team on trends across all travel verticals."

André Baljeu, Managing Director at adds: “We are thrilled to have HOWZAT ennea Group joining our board of Founding Members. Their deep understanding of the travel and hotel market and their profound expertise and experience will add tremendous value to our industry network of thought leaders. We look forward to co-create top-quality content around trends and developments impacting the hotel technology space, leveraging the perspectives and insights of the Howzat ennea team, according to our leading principle ‘For industry, by industry’.”

HOWZAT ennea Group joins the existing board of Founding Members alongside Shiji, Cloudbeds, Infrasys, ReviewPro, SiteMinder, Great Hotels of the World, and Impala.

Oaky, Concept, Ireckonu, Criton, Small Portuguese Hotels, Nomadix, and guestcentric are Contributing Members. Read more about all members and partners here.

Travel 2021+: Crisis or Opportunity?

Recently HOWZAT ennea invited over 30 of its travel and transport portfolio companies to their annual travel summit. Philip C. Wolf, the founder of PhoCusWright and founding board director of MakeMyTrip, joined as a special guest. Together they discussed questions such as when travel will bounce back, what the recovery will look like, and opportunities for travel companies despite the current distress.

Read this article written by Jan-Frederik Valentin, Partner, and Jennifer Bemert, Associate, of HOWZAT ennea Group summarizing some of the main take-aways from this summit here.

About HOWZAT ennea Group

HOWZAT ennea Group is a European investment and consultancy firm.

HOWZAT ennea Group partners with excellent founders and teams to build, scale and establish outstanding technology companies. Through its venture capital arm HOWZAT Partners,  it invests globally into seed and mid-stage start-ups, with a primary focus on Europe. Through its advisory arm, ennea Capital Partners, it provides M&A advisory and strategic consultancy services to growth companies as well as established corporations, leveraging years of expertise within this field.

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Meet the HOWZAT ennea Group team

Sascha Hausmann is a travel industry consultant with many years of relevant hands-on experience in strategy, M&A and financial consultancy. After being trained as an accountant, he served as CEO of established hospitality tech companies like WorldRes and RateTiger. Sascha founded the M&A consultancy StellantPartners, where he still serves as Partner. As General Partner of HOWZAT Partners, Sascha has invested into more than 30 travel companies and more than 80 companies overall. Since 2013 Sascha is founder & CEO of Busy Rooms, a central reservation system for the hotel industry.

Cassian Silins is an experienced consulting and Hospitality industry expert. Prior to joining Howzat Ennea Cassian ran KAYAK’s hotel business and acted as an advisor in the travel and software industries. Cassian counts such brands as; trivago, SiteMinder, GTA, and Veeve amongst his experience. He combines over 15 years expertise in e-commerce, digital marketing, and business development with a strong PE & VC network in London.

Jan-Frederik Valentin is an entrepreneur & marketeer and Founding Partner of Howzat Ennea Group (HEG). Jan‘s notable fields of expertise are Investment, Marketing, Product Development & Change Management. With a team of 11, HEG runs a fund and offers advisory services to startups. A package & flight industry expert, prior to building his own business, Jan ran Global Strategy and Marketing at KAYAK. Before this, Jan had worked in different companies in the travel & and the news industry.

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