Startup Program

New Date!

February 4, 2021

American Express Global Business Travel
Startup Program Patron of Innovation

MOVING TO 2021

The Startup Program will be held as a standalone online event on February 4, 2021. We'll offer the same great content and opportunities – only the date will change!

We know a lot will happen between now and then, so complete the form here to stay in the know. We'll send you a note when the date is final and registration is available.

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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.

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.

Easily Accessible: We'll host the 2021 Startup Program online.

Startup Program

Join us Thursday, February 4, 2021 for curated roundtable discussions with industry experts, private office hours appointments with Startup Program mentors, inspiring presentations, and Phocuswright's famous networking!

Limited spots are available.

Complete the form to stay in the know about the 2021 event.

Interested in 2021

2021 Preliminary Startup Program Schedule*

  • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM Eastern Time (ET) – Roundtable Discussions
    Intimate roundtable discussions based on your business interests – moderated by Phocuswright analysts and Startup Program mentors.
  • 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time (ET)– Office Hours
    One-on-one meetings between startup participants and Startup Program mentors


*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