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2017 Agenda

The online travel industry is an exciting hot bed of startups but while some of them enjoy unrivalled success most of them fail.

What are the secrets to success? What can you learn from those who have boldly gone before? What do investors really see value in?

We've brought together top travel entrepreneurs, investors and startups to share their stories as part of this one day Startup village and bootcamp in the heart of San Francisco.

Want to join the start-up elite or attend and make the most of our workshops - email us here -

8.30 - 10.30am Networking Breakfast & Registration
10.30am - 11.15am Learn the Secrets to Success - Quiz Top Online Travel Entrepreneurs

In this panel discussion we meet the entrepreneurs who have succeed in the cut throat online travel space. Quiz them on what they feel their secrets to success were.

The session will include spotlights on:

  • Explore the challenges involved in starting an online travel company at this time
  • Top tips to securing investment
  • How to analyze if there is really demand for your product/service
  • How to recruit the best team
  • Do you need a mentor?
  • Hear the top start-up mistakes to avoid
  • Why is there a lack of female entrepreneurs in the online travel industry?

Moderator: Matt Zito, Managing Partner, Travel Startups Incubator LLC

Bruce Rosenberg, Chief Operating Officer, HotelPlanner

Andy Peck, Founder and CEO, Trusted House Sitters

Daria Rebenok, Founder and CEO,

Snehal Shinde, CTO and Co-Founder, Mezi

Christian Wolters, North American MD - Global Partnerships, Tour Radar

Nathan Bobbins, Senior Director Product innovation, Travelport

11.15 - 11.45am Networking coffee break
11.45 - 12.30pm Meet the Investors and Judges

Take the opportunity to quiz key investors on what they look for in a travel startup. What are the ways in which you should/shouldn't go about asking for money?

Matt Zito, Managing Partner, Travel Startups Incubator LLC

Brian Harniman, Managing Director, Brand New Matter, Inc

Bruce Rosenberg, Chief Operating Officer, HotelPlanner

Jeena James, Global Head for Travel & Local, Food, Drink Apps, Business Development, Google Play

Nancy Hayes, Managing Director, Golden Seeds ( Principal - NKH Group)

Seth Rosenfield, Managing Director, Petsky Prunier 

Kurien Jacob, Principal - Highgate Ventures, Highgate Hotels

Ilana Golan, CEO, Golan Ventures

Amir Amidi, Managing Partner - Travel and Hopsitality Centre of Innovation, Plug and Play Tech Center (TBC)

Utpal Kaul, Head of New Product Incubation, Carlson Wagonlit Travel

George Rabian, CEO, Steelhead Ventures

Nathan Bobbins, Senior Director Product innovation, Travelport

12.30pm - 2.00pm Networking Lunch

2.00pm - 5.30pm EyeforTravel's Startup Awards

10 finalists present their 10 minute pitches to the judges, investors and audience

Click here to get the whole agenda for the day to plan your schedule:

  • Splitty
  • Triposo
  • Arrivedo
  • Wyndow
  • Pablow
  • Go Been There
  • Bellhop
  • PlanitEasy
  • Rizort
  • Fleetfare
  • Packetzoom
  • Layer

Find out more about the judging criteria here.

3.30 - 4.00pm Networking coffee break
Awards pitches resume
5.30pm - 6.30pm Networking drinks reception
EyeforTravel's Startup Awards Finalists annouced, the finallists get to pitch to the whole audience on the 25th morning on the main stage


Got a question? Get in touch below!

Amber Geggus

Amber Geggus

Head of Business
+1800 814 3459 x7501 (US)
+44 (0) 207 375 7501 (Global)

Renu Kannu

Renu Kannu

Project Director
+1800 814 3459 x7197 (US)
+44 (0) 207 375 7197 (Global)

Shreya Ganapathy

Shreya Ganapathy

Head of Sales
and Partnerships
+1800 814 3459 x7150 (US)
+44 (0) 207 375 7150 (Global)

2018 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

  • Amperity
  • Zeta
  • utrip

Gold Sponsors

  • nearsoft
  • Sentient
  • Sift Science

Silver Sponsors

  • SAP
  • splyt
  • Unisys

Start Up Sponsor

  • hotel-planner
  • TSI Registered

Media and Knowledge Partners

  • Airport Technology
  • CH-and-Lodging-association
  • Global Hotel Network
  • Hospitality Technology
  • Hotel Business Review
  • Hotel Marketing
  • Hotel News Now
  • Hotel News Resource
  • Hotel Online
  • Hotel Speak
  • Social Media Examiner
  • Travel Tour