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Join the people creating and redefining the future of travel

February 12, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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

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.

* 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.

First Place awarded by our panel of expert judges:

  • $100,000 in Amazon Web Service Credits
  • $6,000 Sendgrid 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:

  • $100,000 in Amazon Web Service Credits
  • $1,500 in Sendgrid Credits

 

  • Up to $6M in total funding
  • Must have an active product (past prototype stage)
  • At least one paying customer
  • Apply by midnight January 1st 2019 

Agenda

Registration
9:00 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
  • Suzanna Chiu, Partner at Amadeus Ventures
  • Amir Amidi, Managing Partner of Plug & Play

Judged by:

  • Kurien Jacob, Principal Highgate Ventures
  • Clyde Hutchinson, Head of Innovation at Air Viva
  • John Matson, Managing Director at Voyager HQ
Intermission
11:50 AM

Judged by:

  • Kurien Jacob, Principal Highgate Ventures
  • Clyde Hutchinson, Head of Innovation at Air Viva
  • John Matson, Managing Director at Voyager HQ
Lunch Break
12:50 PM

  • Bob Diener, President at getaroom.com

By 2020 millennials will make up more then half of the business travelers, increasingly proving that travel has a positive impact on job satisfaction. Emphasizing that the ever connected digital consumer now expects a travel experience that is immediate, personal, reliable and engaging while remaining relevant and contextual. How are wearable devices, mobile payment solutions, virtual reality, augmented reality, and AI creating options that are truly tailored to business traveler needs and tastes thereby reducing the risk of non-compliance, connected luggage

  • Utpal Kaul, Global Head New Product Incubation at Carlson Wagonlit Travel
  • Dan Ruch, Founder at Rocketrip
  • Ilan Twig, Cofounder at TripActions
Dessert Break
2:55 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.

  • Ian-Michael Farkas, Vice President Strategic Accounts at Local Measure
  • Steve Cohen, Senior Vice President, Travel Insights at MMGY Global
  • Vince Mota, Digital product at Royal Caribbean
  • Andres Barry, President at JetBlue Travel Products

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

Announced by:

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

Suzanna Chiu

Suzanna is currently the Head of Amadeus Ventures and has overall responsibility of managing deal-flow, making investments and taking care of the portfolio companies of the fund. Amadeus Ventures is the corporate venture fund of Amadeus IT Group, the leading technology provider in the travel industry globally. Suzanna has successfully expanded the program from its infancy into an integral part of the company’s business, driving strategic values both for the corporation and the portfolio companies. Previously, Suzanna was Senior Manager of Macquarie Capital Advisors and led several successful M&A transactions in the telecom and media sector. Suzanna has an MBA degree from London Business School and likes photography.

Suzanna Chiu

Partner at Amadeus Ventures
Utpal Kaul

Utpal Kaul

Experienced senior executive with global experience in hospitality, travel & tourism industry. Skilled in P&L management, Scaling start-ups,Operations Management, Sales, and E-commerce. Strong business development & technical skills with a Master’s degree focused in Travel & Hospitality from Cornell University.

Utpal Kaul

Global Head New Product Incubation at Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Clyde Hutchinson

Clyde Hutchinson

Committed to global innovation and entrepreneurship. Through Journey Partners, he leads several international innovation and startup programs in Aviation/Travel, Sports and Health. As an experienced board director and supports startups in sport technology and eSports as an angel investor. I’m also a co-founder of Junction Therapeutics which focuses in improving treatment for neurological conditions such as traumatic brain injury.

Clyde Hutchinson

Head of Innovation at Air Viva
Dan Ruch

Dan Ruch

Dan Ruch

Founder at Rocketrip
Ian-Michael Farkas

Ian-Michael Farkas

Ian-Michael Farkas leads the commercial team for Local Measure, a customer experience platform, managing the enterprise accounts within the hospitality and travel verticals. 20 years working on the intersection between hospitality and technology. Currently based in Miami managing key accounts including global MSAs with some of the leading and largest hotel brands.

He has over 10 years experience in the industry managing teams, connecting people with businesses, ideas, and capital. Founder of two companies, Travel tech, and a go-to-market specialist. Prior to Local Measure, Ian-Michael has consulted for companies such as Siteminder, Business Events Sydney and Leo Burnett.

Ian-Michael Farkas

Vice President Strategic Accounts at Local Measure
Steve Cohen

Steve Cohen

Professional with over 25 years of progressively responsible experience in Market Research/Insights. • Particularly skilled in telling the story derived from Market Research data. • Delivers insights that help to achieve business objectives.

Steve Cohen

Senior Vice President, Travel Insights at MMGY Global
Vince Mota

Vince Mota

Vince Mota

Digital product at Royal Caribbean
Andres Barry

Andres Barry

Andres leads JetBlue’s Travel Products, which includes portfolio of ancillary products such as JetBlue Vacations. Prior to JetBlue, Andres was a Partner and Managing Director at BCG, a global management strategy consulting firm, where he worked in the Travel & Tourism sector, focusing on commercial growth and digital topics. Prior to BCG, Andres held several sales and operations management roles.

Andres Barry

President at JetBlue Travel Products
John Matson

John Matson

I’m the Managing Director for Voyager HQ, a club connecting startup founders, corporate partners, and investors in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industry. Since its inception two years ago when I started as Digital Director, Voyager HQ has grown to over 1,000 members, with a vibrant community workspace in the Flatiron/Chelsea area of Manhattan, the Voyager Clubhouse, that is home to 27 companies and over 70 members.

John Matson

Managing Director at Voyager HQ
Ilan Twig

Ilan Twig

Ilan Twig

Cofounder at TripActions
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