Startup Program

Monday, November 16, 2020

Pitching isn’t everything, nor is it the only thing. This program offers startups a brand new alternative to network with the best in travel. And in turn, investors and mentors gain direct access to a pool of the freshest startups and ideas in travel.

Participation in the Startup Program is by acceptance only.

Startup companies less than 48 months old: APPLY HERE.

If accepted, you'll gain access to all three days of The Phocuswright Conference (a $4,199 value) PLUS this private Startup Program for only $1,999. Click here to review the eligibility criteria and important information.

Private meetings for startups: Phocuswright will help schedule meetings with the Startup Program mentors of your choice. If accepted into the program, you will have the opportunity to let us know which mentors you would like to connect with at the event. We will facilitate as many meetings as possible for you.

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

Startup Program

Startups get even more advantages with our new Startup Program.

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

The Startup Program ticket also gives you full access to the three-day Phocuswright Conference.

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Limited tickets are available.

Click here to review the eligibility criteria and important information.

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

*Schedule subject to change without notice.

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2019 Mentors

  • Timothy Hughes, Vice President, Corporate Development,
  • 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