Innovation: Summit

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Startups are the lifeblood of any industry. Technology, innovation and progress are made possible due to the efforts of small teams working around the world and their ability to disrupt long-held industry dynamics and beliefs.

The travel industry was in the middle of a boom of innovation until the pandemic hit in the first quarter of 2020. Aside from the recent developments, the landscape as a whole continues to innovate at an enormous pace - innovation is far from being at a standstill.

There is a tremendous amount of talent within the founders and founding teams of the current travel technology landscape. New methods for distribution, transportation, the way we enable travel and shared resources are still creating an active landscape for travel startups to grow in.

Keeping a close eye on the frontlines of innovation, PhocusWire, together with Phocuswright, is compiling a list of the Hot 25 Startups for 2021 (see last year's list here), which will publish in the first week of November 2020.

PhocusWire and Phocuswright will narrow down this competitive and highly qualified global field of startups to select ten companies to present at the Phocuswright Innovation Summit and highlight the innovations we believe are poised for major breakouts in the next year and beyond.

Join us on November 12, when these ten companies take stage for a five-minute pitch and a heated discussion with the Dragons. See how those disruptors impact the market, the influence of innovative new technologies and business models entering the scene, and get inspiration for innovation in your own business.

Innovation: Summit Awards

  • Award for Travel Innovation – Air
  • Award for Travel Innovation – Hotel
  • Award for Travel Innovation – Tours and Activities
  • Award for Travel Innovation – Short-Term Rental
  • Award for Travel Innovation – Ground Transportation/Mobility
  • Award for Travel Innovation – Corporate Travel
  • Award for Travel Innovation – People's Choice: Winner and Runner-Up


View all award information here.

Innovation Breakouts

Deadline: October 16

This year, Phocuswright is not accepting applications for Summit. The alternative that we are offering is an Innovation Breakout session during Center Stage.

If you are a startup and would like to be considered for an Innovation Breakout during Center Stage, please apply here.

There is a fee to participate. Contact our team for information:
[email protected]

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