Why EyeforTravel's Startup Village?

Established in 2008, EyeforTravel's San Francisco Summit covers a multitude of topics which are very popular with the marketing, mobile and digital directors who attend the event.

However, travel, social and mobile are also key topics which spark innovation and in recent years we have seen an ever-growing interest in the event from entrepreneurs, investors and startups.

Due to the enormous number of enquiries we get from startups wishing to be involved with the event, we have a dedicated startup program, complete with networking and a startup competition!

Previous Finalists

  • MEC Global
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Dragon Trail
  • Expedia
  • Park Hotel Group
  • Trip Advisor
  • Hostel World
  • Shangri-La
  • Twitter
  • Criteo
  • Jetbay
  • Booking.com
  • Hotel Quickly
  • TripStreak

    "The Startup Village is a really great value for money, especially for startups that typically can't afford to spend thousands on conferences. Bravo to EyeforTravel for pioneering this!"

    - Charles Ralston - TripStreak


EyeforTravel's Startup Village consists of a morning bootcamp featuring insightful conferences sessions with top travel entreprenuers as well as an afternoon Start-up Awards competition during which 12 lucky travel start-ups will deliver a pitch to the judges, investors and entire audience present at the event.

For those simply wishing to learn more about what it takes to succeed as an online travel start-up, the day consists of some fantastic learning and networking opportunities.


The start-up village will take place at the Hotel Nikko, in the heart of San Francisco (just one block from Union Square!) as part of EyeforTravel's San Francisco Summit 2017.

It's a great opportunity to meet entreprenuers, investors and judges comprised of social media, mobile and travel experts.  All are keen to examine which start-up has what it takes to make it in the cut throat travel industry.


Those wishing to enter the startup awards must enter by February 23rd in order to be selected to participate at the event.

Entrants will be notified during the week beginning March 20th if they have been selected to pitch at the event.

The 1 day event will take place April 24, 2016 from 8.30am - 5.30pm plus networking drinks from 5.30 - 7.30pm.


To enter EyeforTravel's Startup Awards, all companies must fulfil the following general criteria for entry:

  • Have started to trade no earlier than June 2011.
  • Have a product/service which relates to the travel & tourism industry
  • Have less than $3.5M in financing
  • Entrants must represent the majority owner (51 per cent or more) of the business venture
  • Travel Startups Incubator

    "The Eye For Travel Conferences, continue to be a value oriented leader in the travel industry, especially with it's addition of the affordable Travel Startup Village in partnership with Travel Startups Incubator."

    - Nicole S Zito - Travel Startups Incubator

What will you learn?

Packed full of insights from online travel entrepreneurs and investors, the Startup Village is the ideal place to meet, network and learn from those who have succeeded in the cut throat online travel industry. View the full program for EyeforTravel's Startup Village here - Startup Village Agenda

Get involved!

There's two ways you can get involved:

Gold Start-up Presenter Pass - To attend both days of the event including bootcamp sessions, networking and drinks reception, and pitch at the the startup awards, simply register your place online by selecting the 'Gold Startup Village Presenter pass'. There will be some fantastic learning and networking opportunities!

Silver Start-up Attendee Pass - To attend only day 1 of the event including bootcamp sessions, networking and drinks reception, and watch the the startup awards (not enter), simply register your place online by selecting the 'Silver Startup Village Attendee pass'. There will be some fantastic learning and networking opportunities!

(If you would like to attend both days and meet the start-up criteria but don't want to pitch, you can request a gold pass to just attend and we can invoice you for it). 

If you have any questions, email shreya@eyefortravel.com or call 1.800.814.3459 ext. 7150 and ask to speak to Shreya for more information.

Judging Criteria

For those who have entered the Startup awards and got to the final, the judging criteria can be found here.

  • IteXplorer

    "I found the morning sessions very insightful and informative and I found all of the advice and debate very helpful."

    - Patrice Willoughby - IteXplorer

What Does The Awards Winner Get?

Each finalist will be featured on www.eyefortravel.com and invited to deliver a 10 minute pitch at the event. Their company logo, url and company decripotion will be featured in the event show guide.  They will also have the opportunity to take a high top table booth.  

The awards winner will receive:

  • An exclusive interview on www.eyefortravel.com as well continued featured contributions
  • Access to EyeforTravel's content library which includes access to thousands of travel brand cutting edge case studies, videos and reports
  • EyeforTravel has 80,000 contacts worldwide in the globally online travel industry and will work to support the winner through their growth and development
  • Heavily discounted passes to future EyeforTravel events worldwide

We don't promise investment, however we have gathered together the right people at the event (including investors) to help your brand succeed.



For press enquiries related to the event, please contact shreya@eyefortravel.com

The twitter hashtag for the event is #EFTLaunch

  • Goconnekt

    "Excellent experience. Great place to meet the best travel innovators of the moment."

    - Merwan Benhabib - Goconnekt

A proven track record

Conferences promise a lot - we know. Below are a few takeaways from the last year's Summit highlighting the valuable insights the attendees took away:


senior attendees from the biggest names in travel


increase YoY in delegate numbers


of attendees would recommend the event to others

Purchase your Startup Village Pass

Still not convinced? Have a read of our written testimonials:

  • "Great event to exchange ideas with the best in the industry and in particular learn from the buzzing SF startup scene - as a european company it's great to see how different the startup scene works (in terms of funding, growth expectations, etc"

    - Julian Jost - Spacebase
  • "I particularly enjoyed the investors panel because it gave us an interesting look at what specifically investors are looking for."

    - Esther Pun - Tripcipe
  • "It was a tremendous opportunity to pitch in front of a handful of like-minded colleagues! Looking forward to being there again next year!"

    - Payam Safa - Bellhop

Got a question? Get in touch below!

Shreya Ganapathy

Shreya Ganapathy

Project and Research Director
+1800 814 3459 x7150 (US)
+44 (0) 207 375 7150 (Global)

Joshua Bull

Henry Payne

Business Development Executive
+44 (0) 207 375 7509 (Global)

Joshua Bull

Renu Kannu

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

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