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Hotel Jumpstart

Hotel Jumpstart

A new travel tech start-up programme from Hotels.com and Expedia Affiliate Network

“We operate at the forefront of the travel tech industry and pride ourselves on our ‘test and learn’ approach as a means to constantly innovate. Transferring this approach to empower start-ups is central to our pioneering ethos and we hope to learn as much from their journey as they learn from us. The initiative is open to any early to mid-stage travel technology companies in Europe. We would like to support entrepreneurs working on disruptive technology concepts applicable to online travel, with a focus around lodging.”

– Johan Svanstrom, President of Hotels.com

And the winner is...

About the programme

Following an initial selection process from more than 230 applications, five promising candidates were selected to take part in our six-month programme that saw them benefit from access to EAN’s full suite of accommodation via their content-rich APIs, access to advisory workshops covering everything from product development and machine learning to strategy, sales and marketing and six-months worth of free workspace at the Traveltech Lab.

The final winner received US$10,000 worth of Hotels.com travel vouchers to go towards their business travel expenses.

Meet the finalists:

Stasher

Bag storage startup Stasher, founded by UK nationals Matt Majewski, Jacob Wedderburn-Day in 2016, provide secure and cost-effective spaces for tourists to leave luggage for short periods of time. Dubbed ‘The future of luggage storage’, the company enlists a variety of small businesses, known as StashPoints, to store luggage in 18 UK cities and in Amsterdam and Paris.

DayBreakHotels

DayBreakHotels is the world’s first online marketplace selling hotel rooms, apartments and luxury ancillary services on a modular basis and at a fraction of the standard room-per-night price. Through DayBreakHotels’ website, rooms are available for six to eight hour reservations and ancillary services like meeting rooms, spa treatments and gym facilities are sold either individually or in a package.

Live2Leave

Live2Leave is a travel app created by Celeste Owen-Jones & Lea Bourratiere that enables users to record travel experiences and see recommendations from a community of selected friends. The app also allows users to save travel notes and build itineraries, facilitating in-destination planning. Live2Leave currently has 7,000 recommendations in 1,600 cities spanning 193 countries around the world.

Shoot My Travel

Shoot My Travel is a digital marketplace that connects travellers with local professional photographers, on demand, in 230 destinations worldwide. Founded in 2015 by Valerie Lopez and Camilo Rojas, the Miami-based startup is the first vacation photography platform to offer photo tours operating through an iOS App.

Triptech

B2B start-up Triptech are building a direct marketing engine to improve the relevance, security and scale of direct marketing in the travel sector. The technology aims to help travel companies acquire applicable, down-the-funnel users by providing accurate, real-time prices and safe URLs. The team includes Artem Kubatkin, Pavel Glushkov and Fedor Kovalev.

Programme benefits

Strategic support

Participating start-ups received strategic support directly from Hotels.com and EAN including:

  • Access to content-rich APIs
  • Access to key decision makers at Hotels.com & EAN
  • Mentorship support via monthly office hours and workshops with seasoned Hotels.com & EAN’s development, UX/UI and Marketing teams
  • Access to deep expertise and insights through advisory workshops covering everything from product development and machine learning to  strategy, sales and marketing

Traveltech Lab

Participating start-ups will also received operational and professional support directly from Traveltech Lab including:

  • Access to Traveltech Lab’s bespoke business support curriculum
  • Curated events programme for the travel tech industry, with speakers from across the sector
  • 24/7 access to a stunning fully-serviced and staffed workspace with London & Partners and a host of other inspiring start-ups
  • Tailored introductions to London & Partners and their partner network

Programme timeline

26 November 2017

Hotel Jumpstart application deadline

13th December 2017

Pitch day for shortlisted start-ups

8th January 2018

Mentoring programme begins

4th July 2018

Demo day

Our mentors:


Hotels.com L.P. operates Hotels.com, a leading online accommodation booking website with properties ranging from international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favourites and bed & breakfasts, together with all the information needed to book the perfect stay. Customers get instant savings with Secret Prices through our mobile booking app and Hotels.com Rewards members can earn and redeem free* nights at thousands of properties worldwide. The Hotels.com Mobile Concierge on iPhone is like having a local expert in the palm of your hand, offering fast access to services such as transportation, on-demand food delivery, restaurant reservations and activities.

Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN) is a global B2B partnership brand within the Expedia group that powers the hotel business of leading airlines, top consumer brands, travel agencies and hundreds of other partners through its API and template solutions.


Traveltech Lab is the UK’s original travel innovation hub housing a growing community of early-stage technology start-ups poised to disrupt the sector. The Lab aims to foster innovation, collaboration, and creativity while bringing together technology start-ups with major corporates within the industry. We provide a stunning shared workspace overlooking the River Thames and Tower Bridge, a bespoke business and professional support programme, a curated event series and brokered relationships with over 400 world leading travel and tourism businesses.

The Lab is a partnership between London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional company for London; and The Trampery, specialists in innovative spaces to drive creativity and entrepreneurship.

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