Startup Program

Monday, November 16, 2020

Pitching isn’t everything, nor is it the only thing. Phocuswright's Startup Program offers entrepreneurs unmatched access to network with and learn from top travel executives and investors. And in turn, mentors gain direct access to a pool of the freshest startups and ideas.

Entrepreneurs who have registered for the conference may apply to the program here. If you have not registered yet, you can get your ticket here. Early-stage startups less than five years old can apply for a discounted Startup Ticket.

If you are a mentor, investor or anyone interested in participating in this exclusive program AND you are a registered attendee for The Phocuswright Conference, please contact us to request an invitation.

Benefits of the Startup Program

Curated Roundtables: Participate in intimate roundtable discussions based on your business interests, moderated by Startup Program mentors and Phocuswright analysts.

Office Hours: Phocuswright helps schedule private, one-on-one meetings with the Startup Program mentors and investors of your choice. If accepted into the program, you will have the opportunity to let us know who you would like to connect with at the event. We will facilitate as many meetings as possible for you.

Startup Stories: Hear helpful advice and learn about new trends from experienced entrepreneurs and Phocuswright analysts.

Happy Hour: An exclusive networking event for the entrepreneurs, mentors and investors participating in the program.

Startup Program

Apply now to join us Monday, November 16, 2020 for curated roundtable discussions with industry experts, private office hours appointments with Startup Program mentors, inspiring presentations, and Phocuswright's famous networking over cocktails!

Limited spots are available.

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Last Year's (2019) Startup Program Schedule*

  • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm – Curated Roundtables
    Participate in intimate roundtable discussions based on your business interests – moderated by Phocuswright analysts and Startup Program mentors.
  • 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm – Office Hours, Startup Stories, Networking
    One-on-one meetings between Startups and Phocuswright's Startup Program mentors, listen to successful entrepreneurs share their stories, and network with fellow startups. Choose your own adventure!
  • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm – Networking Happy Hour


*2019 schedule provided for reference. Once live, 2020 schedule is subject to change without notice.

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2019 Mentors

  • Timothy Hughes, Vice President, Corporate Development, Agoda.com
  • Kerri Zeil, Director, Amadeus for Startups, Amadeus IT Group S.A.
  • Evan Konwiser, VP Product Strategy & Marketing, American Express Global Business Travel
  • Alex Kremer, Co-Founder, Arival
  • Miriam Moscovici, Senior Director, Research & Innovation, BCD Travel
  • Ellen Keszler, CEO, Clear Sky Associates
  • Mat Orrego, Founder and CEO, Cornerstone Information Systems
  • Greg Abbott, SVP, Travel & Hospitality, DataArt Solutions, Inc.
  • Edward Silver, Chief Technology Officer, Corporate Brands, Flight Centre USA
  • Gaurav Tuli, Partner, F-Prime Capital Partners
  • Kurien Jacob, Principal, Highgate Ventures
  • Dee Waddell, Global Managing Director, IBM
  • Rom Hendler, Founder and CEO, InnoVel
  • Richard Harris, CEO, Intent
  • Flo Lugli, Principal, Navesink Advisory Group, LLC
  • Philip Wolf, Serial Board Director & Founder, Phocuswright Inc.
  • Melanie Meador, CEO and President, Redeam
  • Will Phillipson, Former Co-Founder and COO, SilverRail Technologies
  • Chris Hemmeter, Managing Director, Thayer Ventures
  • Roland Zeller, President, Viselio
  • John Matson, Managing Director, Voyager HQ
APPLY NOW FOR 2020