Why do we have EyeforTravel’s Start-Up Awards alongside EyeforTravel Europe 2018?

The Awards were first established in 2008, given the ever-growing interest in the event from entrepreneurs, investors and start-ups.

EyeforTravel Europe 2018 covers all areas of online travel, including marketing, social and mobile - all of which are key topics sparking innovation within the travel sector.

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

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Our shortlist from 2017 included:

  • booklyng
  • dazzle
  • Stay-planner
  • Waynaut
  • whym-global
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EyeforTravel's Start-up Awards consists of a morning bootcamp featuring insightful conferences sessions with top travel entrepreneurs followed by an afternoon Start-up Awards competition (5th June 2018) during which 12 lucky travel start-ups will deliver a pitch to the judges, investors and 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 Park Plaza Victoria, London, as part of EyeforTravel Europe 2018.

It's a great opportunity to meet entrepreneurs, investors and judges comprised of experts from all walks of travel - all of whom are keen to examine which start-up has what it takes to make it in the cut throat travel industry.


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

  • Have started to trade no earlier than 2011.
  • Have a product/service which relates to the travel & tourism industry


Stage 1: Entry Deadline: May 1st 2018
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Stage 1: Those wishing to enter the start-up awards must enter by May 1st 2018 to be selected to participate at the event.

Stage 2: Selection: Week of May 15th 2018
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Stage 2: Entrants will be notified during the week beginning May 15th 2018 if they have been selected to pitch at the event. These companies will be invited to pitch before our panel of judges and audience of investors.

Stage 3 & 4: Industry insight, pitching and networking: June 5th 2018
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Stage 3: Edit to read: The start-up pitches will take place on June 5th 2018 from 9am - 1pm. All participating in the start-up awards including attendees are welcome to join the main summit after lunch. The afternoon will wrap up at approx. 5.30pm where networking drinks will be held in the exhibition hall.

Stage 4: The lucky 2 finalists will get to pitch on the main stage on June 6th 2018, followed by a live audience poll to determine the winner of the EyeforTravel 2018 Start-Up Awards.

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The Start-Up Pass (£595+VAT) includes:

  • Opportunity to pitch your start-up to industry experts and a team of judges
  • Access to all conference sessions over 2.5 days (4th, 5th and 6th)
  • Access to all lunch and networking coffee breaks
  • Access to our exclusive networking party
  • Access to the conference networking app to pre-book meetings

NB: What happens if you enter EyeforTravel's Start-up Awards and are not successful in reaching the awards final?

We will notify you in writing during the week of April 25th. You will not be charged the £595  entry as only successful entrants will pay this fee, if you would like to attend you can attend the whole event for £795 (3 days) or just attend the start-up awards for £495 (5th June)

What does the Awards Winner Get?

The awards winner will receive:

  • An exclusive interview on www.eyefortravel.com as well as continued featured contributions
  • The opportunity to present and speak at the North America 2018 Summit
  • 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 global 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.
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What will you learn?

Packed full of insights from online travel entrepreneurs and investors, the Start-up Awards is the ideal place to meet, network and learn from those who have succeeded in the cut throat online travel industry. The full programme will soon become available.

Can I still get involved if I do not wish to pitch at the start-up awards?

Absolutely! There are two ways you can get involved:


Gold Pass (£795+VAT)
  • Three-day pass: Access to the start-up sessions, awards and the EyeforTravel Europe 2018 that is at the same venue 4th-6th June 2018)
  • Access to networking and coffee breaks with the main summit - giving you access to meet & network with over 400 travel experts
Silver Start-up Attendee Pass (£495+VAT)
  • One day pass: (5th June) Access to only attend the start-up sessions and awards
  • Access to networking and coffee breaks with the main summit - giving you access to meet & network with over 400 travel experts
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Our 2017 judges included - we will be adding more for 2018

  • Timothy Hentschel co-founder and CEO, HotelPlanner.com
  • Christopher Persson, General Partner, Recapex
  • Dick Porter, Portfolio Chairman and Investor (founder and former CEO, STA Travel)
  • Brian Harniman, Managing Director, Brand New Matter Inc
  • Tim Gunstone, Managing Director, Eyefortravel Ltd
  • More judges to be confirmed soon.

If you’re interested in participating in the conference, please get in touch:

Amber Geggus

Amber Geggus

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

Leo Langford

Leo Langford

Global Conference
+1800 814 3459 x7158 (US)
+44 (0) 207 375 7158 (Global)

Tim Gunstone

Tim Gunstone

+44 (0) 207 375 7557 (Global)
+1800 814 3459 x7557 (US)

Shreya Ganapathy

Shreya Ganapathy

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

2018 Sponsor & Exhibitors

Gold Sponsors

  • hotel planner


  • Dragon trail
  • hotel planner
  • sentient

2017 Sponsor & Exhibitors

  • Amadeus
  • App Annie
  • bokun
  • cartrawler
  • Couchbase
  • Fornova
  • GTA
  • HotelPlanner.com
  • ixonos
  • Jumio
  • intent media
  • Fornova
  • travelaer


  • CodeGen
  • hotel-tech-platform-windsurfer
  • LOLA
  • Omniscien
  • SparkCentral
  • Waynaut
  • Worldline

Supported by

  • BHA
  • Presswire
  • EPS
  • Hotel
  • HotelMarketing
  • HotelSpeak
  • tnooz
  • Travel-Massive
  • TTI