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Join the people creating and redefining the future of travel

February 12, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Lyric Theater Miami
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Overview

Travel and tourism is a very important part of Miami’s economy and generates over $25 billion annually.  As Miami’s #1 industry, it brought 15.86 million visitors to Miami-Dade County and accounted for a total hotel room supply of 60,396 in 2017 alone.

With this in mind, LAB Miami Ventures decided to create the Future of Travel Technology Summit to fill a void and bring together industry leaders and some of the brightest and most innovative travel and tourism startups in the region.

The Future of Travel Tech Summit is the first event of its kind, focusing solely on technology and how it is causing rapid and unprecedented change in the tourism industry. The program has a curated agenda including panels on topics such as in destination experiences and revenue management – a startup pitch competition, and keynote speeches by leading industry disruptors.

Startup Pitch Competition

Startup Pitch Competition

Win the chance to pitch at the Future of Travel Tech Summit 2019 in front of over 300 industry leaders. Our annual summit features some of the most successful startups, investors and established travel companies, including our sponsors JetBlue Airlines and Avis.

The top 10 finalists will be invited to pitch on the big stage as well as participate in a private speed dating session for 1-on-1 meetings with investors and executives from JetBlue Ventures, Expedia, Thayer Ventures, Airbnb, Uber, HomeAway, GetARoom and more! . Finalists will receive 2 free tickets to attend the summit, VIP Cocktail Reception with speakers and sponsors, and the chance to win almost $27k worth of prizes.

News from past summits:

Amadeus is working with 50% of the startups they met with at the Future of Travel Tech Summit 2018.

Future of Real Estate Tech Summit 2018 winner, Gridics, is collaborating with Zillow, CRETech, and DreamIt Ventures.

DHL and Ryder have started discussions with various Future of Logistics Tech Summit 2018 participants to launch potential pilot programs. (Please link the words Future of Logistics Tech Summit 2018 to the event site).

First Place awarded by our panel of expert judges:

  • $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
  • Fast tracked into the eMerge Americas showcase

People’s Choice chosen by audience vote:

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

Agenda

Registration
9:00 AM
Welcome Remarks
10:00 - 10:30 AM

Welcome Remarks will be given by:

  • Nick Vivion, Communications Strategist at Ghost Works
  • Thomas Wenrich, CEO & Co-Founder of LAB Ventures

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

Welcome Remarks will be given by:

  • Kurien Jacob, Principal Highgate Ventures
Lunch Break
12:00 PM

Welcome Remarks will be given by:

  • Kurien Jacob, Principal Highgate Ventures
Dessert Break
1:45 PM
Panel Discussion: Business Traveler of The Future
2:00 PM
Panel Discussion: In Destination Experiences
2:45 PM
Coffee Break
3:30 PM

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

Welcome Remarks will be given by:

  • Thomas Wenrich, CEO & Co-Founder of LAB Ventures

Welcome Remarks will be given by:

  • Bob Diener, President at getaroom.com
Happy Hour & Networking
5:00 PM

Speakers

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
Bob Diener

Bob Diener

Bob is the co-founder and President of getaroom.com, which was awarded best hotel booking site by frommers.com. After receiving his law degree from Cornell where he was an editor of the Cornell Law Review, Bob practiced securities and corporate law

Bob Diener

President at getaroom.com
Nick Vivion

Nick Vivion

Nick is a former journalist covering the businesses of travel and hospitality. Nick now helps brands blog better through brand journalism at Ghost Works.

Nick Vivion

Communications Strategist at Ghost Works
Somnath Banerjee

Somnath Banerjee

Somnath has successfully led teams for 20+ years and has a deep passion for AI and ML. He spearheads development of LodgIQ revenue management platform. He has held leadership positions at Nor1, Sourcebits, Assyst, eGain and TI.

Somnath Banerjee

CTO at LodgIQ
Seth Cassel

Seth Cassel

Seth Cassel is the President of EveryMundo, a world-leading provider of airline performance marketing technology. EveryMundo’s solutions increase airline direct channel growth, improve customer acquisition, and enhance user experience.

Seth Cassel

Partner at EveryMundo
Christina Heggie

Christina Heggie

Christina Heggie is an experienced travel industry professional with deep operational expertise within the travel and hospitality industry and venture capital.

Christina Heggie

Investment Principal at Jet Blue Ventures
Amir Amidi

Amir Amidi

Amir Amidi

Managing Partner of Plug & Play
Thomas Wenrich

Thomas Wenrich

Former BCG Partner
Founding CFO/COO Open English
Founding investor and Board member Proteak (IPO)
Mentor for Endeavor, Venture Hive, NXTP Labs
Investor in over two dozen start-ups

Thomas Wenrich

CEO & Co-Founder of LAB Ventures
Pam Granoff

Pam 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

Pam Granoff

Events Director of LAB Ventures