With the first wave of voting for the inaugural Business Travel Show Disrupt Awards set to close this Friday, we meet the eight start-ups vying for the top prize.
The eight nominees are all under two years old and feature in the show’s Launchpad, introduced this year to provide a platform to show business travel ventures with “pioneering products and services”.
Following the voting, five finalists will pitch their products to a panel of judges in a Dragon’s Den style presentation, which takes place at 11:30 on 25 February at the show.
The winner will receive a three-hour consultancy session with travel technology entrepreneur and investor Matt Ztio and the Travel Startups Incubator advisory team, as well as a stand at the Business Travel Show 2017 worth £8,000.
The final eight:
Beepry is a flight meta search specialised in complex itineraries (multi-leg). Whether you're looking for a flight to Rome and Paris, or planning to travel around the world, with Beepry you can find the best solution in terms of cost and simplicity. Avoid expensive travel agencies and sleepless nights searching for flights between the thousands of websites out there.
BeTravelwise is a travel safety training company. It has training courses designed to support organisations in their travel risk management programmes – we offer a blended approach. By utilising the latest eLearning technologies and learning theories coupled with the clever use of high spec animations, our online courses make travel education engaging, concise and importantly enjoyable!
DUFL is a travel app that cleans the users’ clothes, stores them in their own virtual closet, then packs and ships their business attire to their specified destination.
We offer the premier pre-booking travel ride for travellers and ground transportation distribution for travel resellers in 110 cities.
JetHunter is a radically new way to charter a private jet in a fully automated way without middlemen.
MagicEvent, a French start-up, is the leading apartment rental platform exclusively dedicated to business travel. MagicEvent offers over 30,000 types of accommodation – studios, apartments, villas – in 60 cities across Europe (Paris, Cannes, London, Barcelona, Hanover...). All accommodation is selected to meet the needs of business travelers, in terms of comfort, safety and services.
Revolut is a global money app and MasterCard® which enables you to easily and transparently manage and use your money around the world. Spend as if you had a local card wherever you are, send money for free within the app or externally via text, Whatsapp or email and exchange currency at the interbank rate because Revolut charges zero fees or additional commission.
TravelPerk is revolutionizing the way that organizations budget, book and manage their business travel. We offer a unique dynamic budgeting algorithm, incentives for employees to save, as well as reporting, dashboards, expense integrations, flexible payments and more, all within a single easy-to-use platform and at no cost to the user.
- Paul Revel, Editor Buying Business Travel
- Mark Cuschieri, ITM Chairman and Executive Director, Group Corporate Services, Global Travel Management UBS
- Jafles Pacheco, Head of Global Travel, OC Oerlikon Management AG
- Carol Randall, Head of Consulting, UK at Areka Consulting
- Achim Schmitz, Senior Director Travel Management, Adidas Group
Find out more at the Business Travel Show, which takes place 24-25 February 2016 at Olympia Grand in London. Register for free at www.businesstravelshow.com.
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