Meet Colin Westerwoudt (HTH 2003) TIPPR ‘the Tinder of the hospitality’

27 November, 2020
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I found my passion in food service and I made it my job, I recommend everyone to look for your passion and start working it.  During the weekend I’m traveling, I like to visit F&B concepts, restaurants and hotels with friends and family. Due to covid-19 I travel less but I am always looking for new products and concepts.

I believe that work is top sport, twice a week I go kickboxing with a friend (also an HTH alumnus) and in the weekend and after work I visit the gym to keep in shape and clear my head. In 2017 we started TIPPR, our vision is that every hospitality owner or manager can find or buy professional product within three clicks. We want to make hospitality transparent, share knowledge and TIPPs to generate extra revenue for hospitality. Example: As a restaurant owner or manager you would like to offer your guests a more healthy and innovative drink with less sugar. Within a couple of clicks, you will find different brands offering soda drinks made with natural ingredients.

In hospitality we are all challenged with the same problems, so why should every hospitality owner and manager reinvent the same issue? We believe that hospitality is the living room of the Netherlands and that hospitality shows what is going on in a country. With the data and content we collect, we want to return control to the hospitality industry. In 2025 we want to be the most valuable and biggest community for hospitality in Europe.

How have you experienced the past year?
It was of course an unexpected situation. With TIPPR, we call it the Tinder of hospitality, we inspire the hospitality industry 365 days a year. During corona, we started investing and we build the TIPPR.SHOP, within 5 minutes hospitality owners and managers are able to create their unique webshop and start selling. Products used in the industry are becoming available for consumers now. Over 25.000 professionals registered and using the app almost daily.

Who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspirator is Erik Driessen, he made changes possible in the foodservice but unfortunately, he passed away. If you look from a global perspective, I think of Terence Kalanick, the founder of Uber. I am not a fan of his management styles because that almost ruined Uber. But he inspired me because he did not stop with a setback, he kept on going and he changed an industry. That is the most important thing I believe in, keep going. Always keep your focus, never become overconfident and follow your vision. I did not stop because of my dyslexia, I did not stop when my business partner became really ill and I did not stop when corona closed the hospitality industry.

Hotello of The Year contest
Colin is ranked in the top 10 with his company TIPPR.
Since 2006, the Hotello of the Year Award is presented to a recognised and acknowledged Hotello who has achieved great success in the hospitality industry. The award will be granted to an Alumni of one of the Dutch Hotel Management Schools who is proud of their ‘Hotello-roots’ and shows this both professionally and privately.

 

Copyright foto: Ming Chao

 

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Hotelschool The Hague

Hotelschool The Hague was founded and funded in 1929 by the hospitality industry to create a central place where industry partners could gain and share new insight, skills and knowledge. Since its foundation, Hotelschool The Hague has become an international hospitality business school specialised in hospitality management, offering a 4-year Bachelor in Hospitality Management. This degree course is also available as the accelerated International Fast Track programme. Our 13-month MBA in Hospitality Management is designed to deliver the next generation of hospitality innovators.

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