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Join the people creating and redefining the future of travel

February 12, 2019
Lyric Theater Miami
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LAB Ventures is organizing the first-ever event in Miami that brings together the start-ups developing disruptive technologies, angel investors, and established global travel brands. Technology is an integral part of today’s travel experience, from booking to electronic boarding passes, digital concierge services to interactive city guides at , virtual reality tours to drone photography, new technology is continuing to reshape the way we move around, stay, and play.

For this unique event, LAB Ventures has created a complete program that combines pitch sessions from the region’s most interesting and disruptive start-ups, compelling panel discussions and keynote speeches addressing the ever-accelerating tech trends in travel!

You’ll have the opportunity to learn from 10 startups that offer services ranging from rental car metasearch and multi/modal travel booking to interactive city guides and hotel management systems. Established travel companies and venture investors will also have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the start-ups.

Startup Pitch Competition

Startup Pitch Competition

Win the chance to pitch your company at the Future of Real Estate Summit in front of 300 leaders from the Real Estate industries, including Cemex Ventures, Watsco Ventures, Plaze Construction, Booj, Inman, Lionstone Development, Grass River Property, and more.

The top 10 finalists will be invited to pitch in-person at Future of Real Estate during the Start Up Pitch Session portion of the day. The will also receive 2 free tickets to attend the Future of Real Estate Summit and will be invited to participate in 1-on-1 meetings with investors and executives from Real Estate companies.

First Place awarded by our panel of expert judges:

  • TBC (invite to a major PropTech event)
  • $6,000 Sendgrid Credits
  • $15,000 in Amazon Web Service Credits
  • $2,000 in legal services from Private Advising Group
  • $3,600 worth of co-working space (6 months for 2 people) at The LAB Miami

People’s Choice chosen by audience vote:

  • $15,000 in Amazon Web Service Credits
  • $1,500 in Sendgrid Credits


Breakfast & Registration
8:00 AM

From the first time a consumer searches a travel related term to the post trip summary sharing their experience with family and friends there are many opportunities to engage and improve their experience which will increase brand loyalty. How are travel brands interacting with their consumers throughout their journey? What mobile channels are bands using? Where is the future of the travel experience heading?

  • Matt Zito, Managing Partner Travel Startups Incubator, LLC

Over the last few years there have been unbelievable advances in how younger companies are growing and attracting capital in the online travel space. The travel tech industry has become increasingly geared towards convenience and accessibility which has created unique opportunities for new emerging technologies. How has the speed of business in the travel, tourism and hospitality sector evolved over the last few years? How it is adapting to the continuous technological advancements & digital disruption? What are today’s investors excited about and where do they see the future of travel heading?

  • Matt Zito, Managing Partner Travel Startups Incubator, LLC
  • Christina Heggie, Investment Principal at Jet Blue Ventures
Startup Pitch Competition Part I
11:30 AM
Coffee Break
11:45 AM
Startup Pitch Competition Part II
12:00 PM
Lunch Break
12:30 PM

Today’s travelers are no longer satisfied staying in their hotel suite, or lounging by the pool bar all day. They want to explore, learn and experience something new. As travelers get more demanding and sophisticated, travel companies must learn to provide more interesting, transformative and personalized experiences to their customers.

  • Matt Zito, Managing Partner Travel Startups Incubator, LLC

Pricing effective segmentation combined with predictive analytics allows revenue managers to view industry data in new ways to accurately forecast demand, increase direct bookings, deliver precision pricing, and maximize profit opportunities that might otherwise be lost. While the face of revenue management is changing providing the right customer, with the right product, at the right time, for the right price, via the right channel is a constant.

  • Somnath Banerjee, CTO at LodgIQ
  • Seth Cassel, President EveryMundo
Coffee Break
2:30 PM
Panel Discussion
2:45 PM
Startup Winner Announcement
3:00 PM
Keynote Speaker
3:30 PM
Happy Hour & Networking
5:00 PM


Matt Zito

Matt Zito

Matt Zito is a managing partner for Travel Startups Incubator (TSI) a global travel technology investment and advisory firm. TSI’s investment portfolio includes 11 active operating companies and 3 advisory clients. FlitWays a private executive black-car ground transportation company is TSI’s first exit, now trading publicly, stock symbol FTWS. Investing in private and public companies since the late 90’s, Matt is the published author of “Trade IPOs Online,” by John Wiley Sons, NY, NY, featuring Matt’s 715% IRR (Internal Rate of Return) on investments and trades.

Matt Zito

Managing Partner Travel Startups Incubator, LLC
Kurien Jacob

Kurien Jacob

Kurien spearheads Highgate’s technology investments and incubation projects. Kurien transitioned into his current role from Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) at Highgate. During his tenure as CRO, he built Highgate’s revenue management team and technologies. It is now a universally recognized industry leader.  He has over 18 years of experience in Revenue Management & Distribution, and is regularly called upon as a featured speaker at top industry events. In addition to his CRO duties he created RevUP, Highgate’s, proprietary revenue optimization platform (now commercialized as LodgIQ), and Travel Tripper, an innovator in CRS Distribution and website technology . KJ is actively involved in the ongoing research, development and the full scale commercialization of HG Portfolio companies.

Kurien Jacob

Principal Highgate Ventures
Pamela Granoff

Pamela Granoff

Founder of Latam Founders Network
Founder of Future of Local
Producer Entrepreneur Week Brazil
Brazil market entry for MyFitnessPal, Yelp, Pinterest
Advisor to Tizkka and UVK
Investor in 4 startups

Pamela Granoff

Events Director