2017 Schedule

 


Office Hours

Meet with potential partners and investors. Create relationships with industry leaders. Build brand awareness. During office hours, all startups will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with key event attendees. It's the perfect way to make valuable in-person connections that will take your company to the next level.

Meet with:

Amir Amidi, Managing Partner of Travel & Hospitality at Plug and Play Tech Center

NATHAN BOBBIN, SENIOR DIRECTOR PRODUCT INNOVATION, TRAVELPORT

Suzanna Chiu, Head of Amadeus Ventures, Amadeus IT Group

nina flax, partner, mayer brown

CHRISTINA HEGGIE, INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE JETBLUE VENTURES

CHRIS HEMMETER, MANAGING DIRECTOR, THAYER VENTURES

DIEGO SAEZ-GIL, CO-FOUNDER, BLUESMART

10:00 AM


Lunch

12:00 PM


1:00 PM

Opening

Pete Comeau, Phocuswright's Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, will open the event with a short presentation on the Phocuswright Innovation Platform and how it helps startups gain visibility, corporates connect with the most promising innovators in the industry, and investors find promising prospects.


Phocuswright Research Presentation:

The State Of Travel Startups

Hear Michael Coletta, Phocuswright's Manager, Research and Innovation, present insights from the upcoming State of Travel Startups 2005-2017 report series, which highlights global travel startup activity and funding trends. You’ll learn which verticals are hot, where investment dollars are flowing, and what the next opportunities are in one of the world’s largest industries.

Phocuswright has tracked the launch of almost 1,500 digital travel companies worldwide since 2005. The travel startup landscape spans every region of the globe across dozens of verticals, and for most startups, the entrepreneurial dream imposes a fierce battle for relevance and market share. From company-ending failure to industry-altering success, their stories give clues to the direction and future of the travel industry.

2:35 PM

3:05 PM

Networking Break


3:30 PM

Panel Discussion: The state of travel investments

Amir Amidi, Managing Partner of Travel & Hospitality at Plug and Play Tech Center, hosts this panel on the state of innovation and investment in travel. Hear perspectives from a VC, a corporate investor, an entrepreneur, and Amir himself. You’ll take away valuable advice and lessons learned from those who have been there and done it.

Panelists:

Brian Barth, Founder & CEO, UpLift, Inc.

Erik Blachford, Venture Partner, TCV

Patrice Simon, CTO Strategy and New Product Development, CWT



5:20 PM

Networking Break


5:45 PM

Keynote:

Sam Shank, CEO & Co-Founder HotelTonight

 

Battleground Winners Announcement


6:30 PM

Cocktail Reception


All sessions subject to change.