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eTravel Startup Day

eTravel World

March 8, 2019

10:30 - 17:00

Hall 6.1, eTravel Stage

eTravel Startup Day not only provides a stage for startups from all over the world but also looks into the future of the travel industry from many different perspectives. The latest version of the Startup China Panel provides intensive insight into “Asia’s Silicon Valley”. In cluster events in the areas of aviation & mobility, hospitality and travel & reservation software, more than two dozen startups present themselves to the critical experts.


The Development Trend Of Chinese E-Tourism And The Possibilities Of Resources Abroad
China´s e-tourism has changed dramatically over the last years and has entered a new phase of development. This presentation tries to clarify the current state and trends and shows the market players new ways of investing in foreign resources.

How Startups And Travel Innovations Are Redefining The Chinese Market
China is the largest source market for the global travel and tourism industry. How can international travel brands make the most of the latest technologies and digital ecosystems in order to grow their businesses and better serve Chinese travelers?

Eric Zhuang, Vice President, DidaTravel

Moderated by:
Joseph Wang, Chief Commercial Officer, TravelDaily China

Panel guests:
Margaret Feng, Head of Oasis Lab, Ctrip
Hillary Wang, Director of Global Sourcing, Haoqiao International
Wei Xia, VP Product & Strategy, DerbySoft
Jay You, Partner, Yuantai Investment Partners Evergreen Fund

Five companies – carefully selected by Phocuswright’s experienced team of innovation analysts – have just six minutes each to demonstrate their travel innovation in front of the live audience. The Dragons – a panel of executives with keen insight and expertise – provide feedback to each innovator and determine the winning company. Just one demonstrator will be crowned "the most innovative" and win a ticket to attend Phocuswright Europe (15 – 16 May in Amsterdam) along with the premier European Online Travel Overview research report.

Morgann Lesné, Partner, Cambon Partners
Philip C. Wolf, Founder, Phocuswright, Serial Board Director
Jonne de Leeuw, Principal, HPE Growth Capital

Moderated by:
Florence Kaci, Director of Sales, EMEA and European Market Specialist, Phocuswright

Panel guests:
Gregory Botanes, Vice President & Chief Growth Officer, Situm Indoor Positioning
Peter Chambers, COO, Sleepbox, Inc.
Anthony Collias, CCO & Co-Founder, Stasher
Patrick Haede, Co-Founder & CEO, Mapify
Guillaume Laporte, Co-Founder & CEO, Destygo

Ideally, technologies in the in-destination services area help providers to better market their products. But they can also make consumers’ booking and travel experience more convenient. Judge for yourself which technologies are most promising!

Moderated by:
Lukas C. C. Hempel, Founder & Managing Director, bookingkit

Panel guests:
Matthieu Ballester, CEO & Co-Founder, Nannybag
Josh Ellison , Co-Founder, Jump To (Virtual Reality)
Susana Fonte, Sales Manager, Live Electric Tours
Mateusz Mierzwinski, CEO & Founder, LocalBini

New paths: Whether for air or ground transportation – the question of how to get to the destination and how to get around once you’re there is one of the most important questions for every traveler. The Pitch ´n’ Panel Mobility breaks new ground in the areas of booking, managing and paying for tickets.

Moderated by:
Anke Hsu, Customer Experience Officer, InteRES GmbH

Panel guests:
Fabian Höhne, Co-Founder, FLYLA GmbH
Peter Marriott, Co-Founder, CardGenY
Eugen Triebelhorn, Country Manager Germany, Travelperk
Carlo Zachau, VP Partner Growth, Yilu

From apps for guest management, solutions powered by AI to comparison portals, the number of startups entering the hotel industry market is constantly growing. The Pitch ´n´ Panel for the hospitality sector is where hoteliers and hospitality tech providers can get a glimpse into the newbies, their services and how the market is evolving. Obviously our jury of founders will grill the startups a little to find out what is behind their concepts...

André Baljeu, Founder,
Maximilian Waldmann, CEO & Founder, conichi
Wilhelm K. Weber, Partner, SHS Swiss Hospitality Solutions AG

Moderated by:
Daniel Zelling, Founder, Hospitality Industry Club, Managing Director, opensmjle

Panel guests:
Fabio Angeli Bufalini, CCO & Co-Founder, B2Book
Metin Arghan, Broad member, Protein
Benjamin Devisme, VP Sales, Quicktext
Pau Ferret, Sales Managing Partner, 123compareme
Alexandre Guinefolleau, CEO, Amenitiz
Brendan May, Managing Director, Hotel ResBot

New players in the travel B2B sector present innovative services, such as payment solutions and group bookings, and provide answers to the moderator’s critical questions.

Moderated by:
Michael Wurst, CEO & Founder, Tervado GmbH / Mister Trip

Panel guests:
Dimitrios Angelinas, CEO, Dgroops
Alexander Handa, Founder & CEO, Groupdesk
Anna Ndiaye, Key Account Manager Germany, EuroPass
Niklas Zeller, CEO & Co-Founder, Viselio

Are there booking platforms that not only put a new look on the old & familiar, but are also innovative AND inspiring? Judge for yourself which startups could best impress consumers!

Moderated by:
Daniela Putz, Industry Manager Travel, Google Germany

Panel guests:
Dominik Calzone, CEO, Strategy & Vision, Amavido
Christian Diener, Co-Founder, Unplanned Moments GmbH
Andy Washington, SVP of Travel, Culture Trip
Michael Wurst, CEO & Founder, Tervado GmbH / Mister Trip