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How the TSI Deal Flow Program is helping Flightsayer gain traction.

At Travel Startups Incubator (TSI) we have spent the better part of 2-years thinking about how to improve the process of prospecting, vetting and investing in travel technology startups. Our thesis from the beginning has been to identify and support talented entrepreneurs solving real travel industry problems.

Today we would like to highlight how our process has evolved, and how it led us to Flightsayer, a company we believe has extraordinary potential.

Our process for identifying new technology in travel is a combination of tapping our deep travel industry network for leads and feedback, using our instincts honed over decades of experience in the industry, and supplementing our research with online data mining of news and events in important industry verticals.

The process has matured rapidly, leading to the buildout of proprietary internal software tools to help us streamline and continue to improve how we engage with new travel technology startups. Knowing how difficult it is to navigate the investment/partnership landscape in the travel industry, we decided to open up our tools to travel founders, corporations and investors through the TSI Deal Flow Program and Platform.

Current solutions for travel technology startups and corporate travel companies to connect, network, build new relationships and commence deals include digital networks like LinkedIn and AngelList, and in-person events such as Phocuswright’s Travel Innovation Summit, Travel Tech Con in San Francisco and Travel 2.0 in New York City. We often hear that entrepreneurs get lost in the large and broad-based online networks, and the latter are either too expensive or too limited to a specific geography.

The TSI Deal Flow Platform is global with no boundaries, inexpensive and can quickly scale introductions and connectivity in the travel industry.

Please note that we have finalized the price for Startups at $195 and Corporate Partners/Investors at $495 to create a Deal Flow Room on the Platform, search for and connect with prospects, and attend the Innovation Workshop in April in Miami, FL. Upgrades are available for Startups to receive a demo table at the Innovation Workshop and take advantage of hands-on mentoring and business development, and for Corporate Partners/Investors to access in-depth TSI vetting and sponsorship/branding opportunities.

During the Program we provide feedback, make partnership/investor suggestions, and make introductions solely through the Deal Flow Platform which helps us greatly streamline these processes and effectively make connections at scale at these price points. [Continue reading]

Announcing the TSI Deal Flow Program For Startups, Corporations and Investors

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We are excited to announce the launch of the TSI Deal Flow Program. The TSI Deal Flow Program aims to drive innovation in the travel industry at greater scale, utilizing the processes and tools we've developed while running Travel Startups Incubator … [Continue reading]

VISIT FLORIDA Digital Innovation Forum Recap

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On Wednesday November 30th, Travel Startups Incubator (TSI) ran a travel startup pitch session at day one of the VISIT FLORIDA Digital Innovation Forum. TSI brought in 11 travel tech startups to present to 125 travel executives from around Florida. … [Continue reading]

FlitWays Goes Public, Travel Startups Incubator’s First Exit

FlitWays Technology Inc. has gone public. FlitWays trades publicly under the stock symbol FTWS. FlitWays Technology lead by CEO Tobi Mac and Director of Growth Zacky Hamraz has been growing fast and this summer their team decided the best route to … [Continue reading]

Airlines Technology signs commercial pact with British Airways for aggregation services

Airlines Technology (AT), an IT Solutions provider and portfolio company of Travel Startups Incubator has signed a commercial agreement with British airways (BA) to provide NDC (New Distribution Capability) aggregation services. AT’s aggregation … [Continue reading]

The 13 Travel Startups Selected to Present at the VISIT FLORIDA Digital Innovation Forum Nov 30

Thirteen up-and-coming travel startups focused on local experiences, destinations and operations were mutually selected by Travel Startups Incubator and VISIT FLORIDA to present their companies and innovative travel technology at the VISIT FLORIDA … [Continue reading]

Travel Startups Incubator Acquires Equity Stake in Online Travel API Marketplace Yappes

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Travel Startups Incubator (TSI) is pleased to announce Yappes as its newest portfolio company. Yappes is an online marketplace for companies to discover, compare and license travel technology APIs. Yappes provides an open platform where travel API's … [Continue reading]

Beyond Pricing Wins Eye For Travel 2016 Start-up & Innovation in Travel Award

Beyond Pricing the most popular revenue management and dynamic pricing software for the $100B vacation rental and home sharing market wins the 2016 Start-up & Innovation in Travel award at Eye For Travel TDS America. Runner-up - Trusted … [Continue reading]

Last Seat & Together Travel Join the TSI Advisory Program

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Travel Startups Incubator (TSI) recently launched an Advisory Program for seed-funded and later-stage travel startups. In this program TSI does not make a cash investment but provides paid advisory and professional services to travel startups, … [Continue reading]

Travel Startups Incubator Acquires Equity Stake in Korean Adventure Travel OTA Yana Trip

Travel Startups Incubator (TSI) is pleased to announce Yana Trip as its newest portfolio company. The innovative adventure travel startup Yana Trip offers personalized online tour and activities scheduling to the growing number of fully independent … [Continue reading]

Pitch your startup at the VISIT FLORIDA Digital Innovation Forum November 30th

We are pleased to announce that Travel Startups Incubator (TSI) will be running a travel technology demo day on November 30th as part of VISIT FLORIDA's 2-day Digital Innovation Forum. VISIT FLORIDA, the state of Florida’s official marketing … [Continue reading]

Travel Startups Incubator Acquires Equity Stake in TravHQ an India Travel Technology Media Platform

Travel Startups Incubator is pleased to announce TravHQ as its newest portfolio company. The India-based media platform presents dynamic travel-related news as well as analysis of technology and other developments within the growing Southeast Asia … [Continue reading]

Biz Airlines Launches Travelligence a Mobile Airfare Booking App For Business Travelers

Biz Airlines, a Travel Startups Incubator portfolio company funded in November 2015, officially launched their TravelligenceTM  solution for increasing business airfare travel efficiency. Biz Airlines mixes and matches airport transfers, airlines and … [Continue reading]

Airlines Technology wins TravHQ Startup Knockdown

Airlines Technology, a Travel Startups Incubator portfolio company building NDC-compliant solutions to help airlines serve richer content to the end traveler, was the main winner of TravHQ's Startup Knockdown on July 7 in Kolkata, … [Continue reading]

The Black Fish

by Matt Zito, Managing Partner Travel Startups Incubator I grew up fishing for Steelhead in the Lake Erie tributaries. Every Fall around Thanksgiving we would break out our fly rods, tie up sucker spawn flies, and hit the streams. We were fishing to … [Continue reading]

I don’t invest in husband and wife teams

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By Nicole Zito, Managing Partner Travel Startups Incubator From the age of nine, I knew I would be a business owner. After all my name Nicole, of Greek origin means "Victory of the people." Actually, my mother named me after a character on her … [Continue reading]

Travel Startups Incubator Investment Offering

Global Fundraising Campaign Travel Startups Incubator, LLC is raising up to $6M to drive innovation in the global travel industry. We believe we can build a $500M company in 10 years. We are looking for travel executives, corporate travel companies, … [Continue reading]

EyeforTravel’s Startup & Innovation in Travel Awards 2016 is open for entries

Calling All Travel Startups & Innovators! Las Vegas, NV – Twelve start-ups will have the opportunity to pitch to top industry investors at EyeforTravel’s Start-Up & Innovation in Travel Awards on October 6-7, 2016. Taking place as part … [Continue reading]

Travel Startups Incubator Invests in NDC Aggregation Platform Airlines Technology

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Travel Startups Incubator is pleased to announce our investment in Airlines Technology Private Ltd., an industry innovator in India focused on the New Distribution Capability (NDC) initiative spearheaded by the International Air Transport Association … [Continue reading]

Travel Startups Incubator Invests in Mobile Travel Chat App GoHero.ai

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Travel Startups Incubator is pleased to announce our first investment in India with GoHero.ai. A standout among the growing number of Mobile Travel Chat (MTC) startups, smart personal travel concierge. GoHero uses a combination of artificial and … [Continue reading]

Closing a Travel API licensing deal is not easy.

  A Brave New World - The Connected Traveler & Travel APIs: Understanding the Legal Realities of Travel APIs Series by Emmanuel Vranakis a technology and startup lawyer. This blog is part of a series devoted to understanding the legal … [Continue reading]

Jumeirah Hotels Adopts Proxce’s Award Winning Proximity Identification Management System

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    TSI portfolio company Proxce has announced a partnership with Jumeirah Group to enable the luxury hotel chain to offer mobile check-in via smartphone as well as contextual experiences for their guests. “Proxce’s innovative … [Continue reading]

Introducing the TSI Platform

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Today we are proud to introduce the TSI Platform: The first digital investment, advisory and innovation platform designed specifically to fund, advise, connect and help inspire travel technology startups. Here is a visualization of how we leveraged … [Continue reading]

Travel Tech Con on May 20, 21 in San Francisco, CA

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Travel Tech Con is an independent conference in San Francisco organized by travel startup founders who find the lack of innovation in travel disturbing. They’re bringing together founders and leaders to talk about the technologies that transform and … [Continue reading]

Grabr Wins EyeforTravel’s Startup Awards SeatWizer Runner-up

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    Grabr won the EyeforTravel's Startup Awards and SeatWizer was runner-up as part of the 1-day Startup Village at the San Francisco Summit 2016. The Startup Village 1-day event included an entrepreneur panel, investor panel and 10 … [Continue reading]

INTEREL WMS Wins HTNG TechOvation Award

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By: Mike Coletta, Managing Director at Travel Startups Incubator I attended the HTNG (Hotel Technology Next Generation) conference in Amelia Island, Florida on March 1-3, 2016 participating as a judge at the TechOvation Awards along with 16 other … [Continue reading]

bd4travel and DUFL Win Travel Technology Europe Disrupt Awards

bd4travel wins the Travel Technology Disrupt award. See pics from the event below. DUFL wins the Business Travel Disrupt award. The Travel Startups Incubator team attended the Travel Technology Europe conference in London Feb 24,25. We helped … [Continue reading]

Do you have what it takes?

I was speaking with an investor on the phone recently. I described that we were raising capital to build Travel Startups Incubator into a $1B global business. I could tell right away he didn’t know much about travel technology. He had a lot of … [Continue reading]

Travel Startups Incubator Invests in Hotel Inventory Asset Tracking & Analytics Platform TraknProtect

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Travel Startups Incubator is pleased to announce our investment in TraknProtect. Designed to ensure hotels know where their physical assets are located in the hotel at all times, TraknProtect’s proprietary technology provides real-time location of … [Continue reading]

Come Meet Us at Travel Technology Europe Feb 24, 25 in London

Data Portcullis winner of the Disrupt startup awards with the judges.

Startups, Corporate Partners and Investors please come meet the Travel Startups Incubator Managing Partners Matt & Nicole Zito at Travel Technology Europe February 24 & 25 at Olympia in London. We are stand #120E on the 2nd floor in the … [Continue reading]