Presented by Brand USA -

The Phocuswright Conference attendees come prepared to discover the next market-changing innovations, seeking fresh ideas, new partners and investment opportunities. The global innovators who take the stage represent the best of the best, and the event's demonstrations deliver an attendee experience like no other. 

What is Summit?

The Summit, presented by Brand USA -, takes place during prime time on the main stage in front of the full Phocuswright Conference audience. This is where the battle gets big! Summit innovators can also participate in the Innovator Showcase to spend dedicated time with attendees, partners and prospects – demonstrating their products in a hands-on environment. 

Eligibility Criteria

Companies eligible to apply for Summit:

  • Startup companies 24 months or younger
  • Emerging companies 24 to 48 months old
  • No funding limit
  • Must pass through a rigorous Phocuswright screening
  • Non-refundable $300 application fee
  • Accepted contestants pay $5,000 for entrance to the Summit and the four-day Phocuswright Conference

Still not Sure?

Not sure what category best fits your innovation? Fill in our interactive form to find out!

Demonstrator Benefits

The demonstrator package provides innovators with more than just marketing and promotion, they get business development opportunities, on-site meetings, critics' feedback, and a chance to wow the travel industry's most savvy and engaged audience during The Phocuswright Conference.

All Summit contestants receive:

  • One registration to The Phocuswright Conference (value US$4,199)
  • Ten minutes of demonstration time on stage during the Summit
  • Pre-conference consultation with Phocuswright analyst experts
  • URL and logo on the Phocuswright Conference website
  • URL and logo on the Phocuswright Conference mobile app
  • Company profile in the innovator booklet
  • Inclusion in all program schedules
  • Pre-event, on-site and post-event conference promotion
  • Coordinated social media campaigns

Add a la Carte Package Items

  • Innovator Showcase kiosk during The Phocuswright Conference
  • Video recording of on-stage demonstration 
  • Subscription to Phocuswright's Innovation and Global Edition Research Subscriptions for one year
  • Additional discounted registration tickets 

Summit Awards

  • Most Innovative Startup: winner and runner-up
  • Most Innovative Emerging: winner and runner-up
  • Summit People's Choice Award: winner

Apply to Compete Today

Startup and emerging companies (including past demonstrators) are invited to apply based purely on their innovative accomplishments, regardless of organizational size, sector or location and are judged by an esteemed panel of industry professionals.

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2017 Information 

Summit Pricing

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2017 Information 

Innovation Platform

The Phocuswright Innovation Platform at The Phocuswright Conference consists of three distinct segments – use the links below to learn more:

•   Battleground
•   Summit
•   Launch
•   Compare Category Pricing

Hear From Past Winners

Anna Banicevic

Winning the Innovation award helped us gain tremendous exposure to potential partners and investors of a really high caliber - which had an immediate impact on our business.

—Anna Banicevic, Zizoo

Attendees walking and networking