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

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 can be published, sand boxed, and tested.

Yappes aims to be a highly transparent and efficient API delivery & governance platform for both API providers and API consumers. Policies can be applied to streamline deal negotiations and licensing. Yappes is specifically designed for the travel domain in order to help users fulfill their needs in a familiar, innovative and efficient way.

Yappes as an API Marketplace offers several benefits and value to both API providers and API consumers.

  • Increased exposure to markets resulting in increased visibility, transactions and revenues.
  • LDN (Licensing, Deal and Negotiation) policies attached with each API provides streamlined and efficient deal negotiation process.
  • Orchestrating the API’s access centrally to offer high transparency and governance.
  • Enhanced API discovery using domain based Micro Classification and Contextual recommendations.
  • Enabling better business decisions by providing insights on usage, geographical trends, API progression and several other parameters which are derived through Travel trends and API analytics.

According to Yappes Co-founder and CEO Bhanu Kumar Jain (BK), there is currently a huge gap in the travel industry that makes it very difficult to discover all available travel-related platforms. “When it comes to API licensing and deal negotiations,” BK says, “alot of innovations and improvements are needed in terms of policies and processes. Yappes is designed to bridge this gap by providing an efficient method for distributing travel APIs and managing their policies.”

As BK puts it, Yappes’s flexible distribution channel allows users to publish or consume APIs and easily engage in licensing and deal negotiations through a customized yet automated process. Other features include API collection management services and the micro classification of on-boarded APIs. [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

TSI Advisory

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

TSI Managing Partners

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

Airlines Technology

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


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


    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

TSI Platform

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


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


    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


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


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]

Travel Startups Incubator Launches Investment Operations in India

Travel Startups India

We recently announced our entry into India as a seed-stage travel technology with TravHQ.com a travel news media site for Indian travel tech startups. India is a large global market. 1.2B people with estimates of 300M-500M people coming into the … [Continue reading]

Startup Village 2016: March 14 San Francisco – Eye For Travel Mobile and Innovation Summit


EyeforTravel's Startup Village consists of a morning bootcamp featuring conferences sessions with top travel entreprenuers as well as an afternoon Start-up Awards competition during which 12 travel start-ups will deliver a pitch to the judges, … [Continue reading]

Travel Startups Incubator invests in Biz Airlines a Business Travel Mobile Booking Solution


Travel Startups Incubator is pleased to announce our investment in Biz Airlines. Using embedded airline routing business intelligence, Biz Airlines offers executives the most cost-effective, efficient way to get where they need to go. Biz Airlines … [Continue reading]

An OTA Killer Arrives?

Mobile Travel Chat

A new mobile travel application is infiltrating the consumer travel industry that we believe will change how travelers plan and ultimately purchase travel. We’ve coined this new travel application, “mobile travel chat” (MTC). Riding the waves of … [Continue reading]

Travel Startups Incubator invests in PanTrek an Online Booking Engine for Inter-City Bus Transportation in Latin America


Travel Startups Incubator is pleased to announce our investment in PanTrek (BETA) an Online Booking Engine for Inter-City Bus Transportation in Latin America. The “Expedia of Latin America Bus Travel,” PanTrek provides company profiles, user … [Continue reading]

Proxce wins Most Innovative Startup Company at Phocuswright Travel Innovation Summit

The Most Innovative Startup Company Proxce

Travel Startups Incubator portfolio company Proxce won "The Most Innovative Startup Company" at the Phocuswright Travel Innovation Summit, one of the most coveted travel startups awards in the world. Africabookings another TSI portfolio company had a … [Continue reading]