Friday, 13 March 2015

Meet the finalists for EyeforTravel's Startup Awards

Proving that the online travel industry is a hotbed of innovation, dozens of entrants chased  the chance to pitch to the audience of judges, senior online travel entrepreneurs, investors, and travel brands at EyeforTravel's upcoming Startup Awards 2015.

The finalists, who will present their products during EyeforTravel’s Startup Awards Final at EyeforTravel's inaugural Startup Village in San Francisco, March 23rd  have been announced as: -

·         Bellhop

Bellhop is a mobile app that acts as a personal concierge for travelers globally, making all service requests a button click.  They implement this by building a global community of hotels in which they act as the primary service providers.

·         Tripnary

Tripnary is a free iPhone app that lets you check places off your bucket list. The app lets you create your travel bucket list and compare airfares to every destination on the list in one tap! Think of it as Pinterest meets Kayak.

·         Spacebase

Spacebase are a global booking platform for event locations and meeting spaces. We give renters access to unique locations for their next event and enable space providers to advertise their space to a ready-to-book user base.

·         Africa Bookings Ltd.

Africa Bookings  offers: -
- a B2C channel for online bookings for accommodation across Africa for Consumers to get best choice and best rates. This is almost unheard of in many parts of Africa so we are pioneering here what is commonplace elsewhere in the world.

- a B2B channel for agents across Africa and worldwide to access our accommodation, make bookings and earn commissions.
Their product offering falls into two categories: a sharing platform and a discovery engine.

·         Tripstr

Tripstr 2.0 is Instagram meets TripAdvisor, answering the question ‘How was your trip?’ through photos, videos and the actual places you visited. Tripstr is unique in its ability to let you tell your travel story quickly and beautifully, and in the process turns those photos into actionable itinerary items that your friends can save for future trips.

·         HelloShift

HelloShift is an exciting new category of communication software being pioneered by companies like Slack (and Trello, Yammer etc.) that is not built for use by the shift-based workforce hotels usually employ. We have packaged the relevant features from these tools into a simplified interface optimized for the way shift-based businesses work, and accounting for the various skill levels of the workers.

·         Tripcipe

Tripcipe aims to be the recipe for the perfect trip. Most travelers today consult at least 5 different websites to figure out what to see, eat, or do on their vacation. Instead of copying and pasting into Excel and Google Maps, you can use the Tripcipe plug-in to easily save information from any webpage

·         Goconnekt

Goconnekt is a short-term WiFi hotspot rental service for travelers that combines convenience, quality and affordability.  Goconnekt helps international travelers that want access to on-the-go 4G internet, but would rather not pay the expensive international data rates.


PalPrices is a fun and unique website with focus on intelligent tourist budget calculation and planning based on personal preferences, providing help with choosing your vacation destination. E.g., what is the cost of a weekend in New York City including nightlife and museums, but saving money on accommodation?

·         Proxce

Proxce helps travelers skip the front desk for check-in at hotels, Proxce’s Proximity Identity Manager system uses BLE/iBeacons and geo fence to provide auto check-in and keyless entry to guest rooms for hospitality industry

·         ITeXplorer, Inc.

ITeXplorer Inc offers a real-time worldwide marketplace of travel services for travel professionals and consumers. We enable customers to research, book, price and alter multi-destination itineraries from any device at any time before and after departure. We see our target audience as: Travel professionals, consumers, corporate travelers.

·         FLYR

FLYR, Inc. is a data science company first conceived to relieve a universal pain point among travelers — the guessing game of booking airfares. By aggregating and analyzing billions of data points, FLYR has created Foresight, a proprietary prediction engine, allowing for ultra - relevant fare forecasts and providing immediate benefits to travelers

·         Wellobox

Travelers are currently overloaded with data and recommendations on the "best" places to eat, see, and explore. Welloboxes offer a solution to this problem by allowing the traveler to purchase a locally curated box that is waiting for them upon arrival, freeing them to immediately start exploring.

The final will take place as part of EyeforTravel’s Startup Village which sees top online travel entrepreneurs, mentors and investors share key insight into what it takes to succeed in the cut throat online travel industry during morning bootcamp sessions and the Startup final take place in the afternoon.  The day will be interspersed with plenty of time for networking.

Book your place to attend the final at EyeforTravel’s Startup Village here

For event enquiries contact:

Gina Baillie
EyeforTravel Ltd.
International: +44 (0)207 375 7197
US.Toll Free: 1.800 814 3459 ext. 7197