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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

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]

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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]

Mike Coletta joins Travel Startups Incubator as Managing Director

We are pleased to announce that Mike Coletta has joined Travel Startups Incubator (TSI) as Managing Director. Mike will be opening up a New York City office for TSI, helping us on-board investors to our investor network, working with our startups and … [Continue reading]

Travel Startups Incubator partners with the Islands of Tahiti to launch a Smart Tourism Nation

A new Innovation partnership deal among Tahiti Innovation Labs (TIL), Travel Startups Incubator (TSI) and the Ministry of Tourism for French Polynesia was announced today and will set the stage for the French Polynesian islands to become the next … [Continue reading]

Fluent wins Innovation in Travel Awards at TDS America with Chronicles of Earth & MATTR Runners-Up

Fluent's text/image translation mobile app wins Eye For Travel's TDS America Startup & Innovation Awards. Chronicles of Earth & MATTR take Runner-ups. A total of 12 startups pitched. Triptease - Providing transparency on 3rd … [Continue reading]

Travel Startups Incubator invests in Chronicles of Earth the Trusted Travel Network

Travel Startups Incubator is pleased to announce our investment in Chronicles of the Earth, a mobile app aimed at adventure travelers. Chronicles of Earth, in beta and available in the Apple App Store is a mobile app and trusted network for … [Continue reading]

FlitWays grows TSI’s investment by 430% to scale to $550K (TTM) in 2015 now raising $500K in a seed-series

10 months ago, FlitWays raised $25,000 investment from Travel Startup Incubator and they used the $25,000 to increase their revenue by 430% within 4 months. FlitWays is now raising $150K-$1M via Flashfunders and the Travel Startups Investor … [Continue reading]

The Take Off – Creating the Next Great Travel Startup

Matt Zito, Managing Partner of Travel Startups Incubator participated with other travel startup founders and Amadeus in a 3 part video series produced by Skift about what it takes to create a startup in the travel industry. Watch the video below … [Continue reading]

There will be blood

  Is your company bleeding, getting ready to die? Are you waiting there for something to click? I know some of you are hurting. Well actually many of you are hurting. We’ve estimated that potentially 40%- 50% of the startups we fund … [Continue reading]

Travel Startups Incubator invests in Jolie a Luxury On-Demand Chauffeur Service Platform

Travel Startups Incubator is pleased to announce our investment in Jolie a luxury on-demand chauffeur service platform. Jolie focuses on connecting clients with professional ground service providers across the lifestyle industries, allowing for a … [Continue reading]

Travel Startups Incubator invests in VidPal an On-Demand Travel Destination Video Platform

Travel Startups Incubator is pleased to announce our investment in VidPal an On-Demand travel destination video platform launched in New York City. The VidPalTravel.com platform gives video freelancers paid opportunities to the freelance video … [Continue reading]