Meet the 9 Startups Invited to Pitch at the Expedia Group Startup Pitch Competition

LAB Miami Ventures is proud to announce the nine startups advancing as finalists for the Expedia Group Startup Pitch Competition at the Future of Travel Tech Summit on Feb.12, 2019.

Join 30 speakers, nine disruptive startups from around the globe, and over 350 travel, tourism and hospitality professionals from 9:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. at the Historic Lyric Theater to discuss how technology is reshaping and redefining the Future or Travel. The program presented by JetBlue Technology Ventures includes a startup pitch competition, keynote speeches by leading industry disruptors, and panels exploring how travel companies are using technology to provide more interesting, transformative and personalized experiences to their customers. In addition to JetBlue Technology Ventures, event sponsors include Avis, Uplift, Vindow,, the Port of Miami, and the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Expedia Group is the official sponsor of the startup pitch competition, whose finalists were announced today:

  • Hotailors - helps companies save 90% of the time, and up to 30% of the costs, usually spent on business travel by integrating all their booking and travel management processes into one convenient tool (Warsaw, Poland).

  • Beyond Pricing - Automatically optimizes your pricing on Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO with dynamic pricing software (San Francisco, CA).

  • Destygo - helps travel companies improve their businesses and travel experiences with Chat/Voice assistants (Paris, France).

  • Pruvo - takes an existing hotel reservation, tracks its price and gets you the exact same room for a lower price (Haifa, Israel).

  • Parkway Parking - connects consumers with low cost airport, cruise port & event parking locations (Tampa, FL).

  • Adrenaline Hunter - the first global booking platform for adventure activities (Paris, France).

  • B2BOOK.NET - a B2B platform for vacation rentals open to any travel professional (buyer) and property supplier (seller) (Rome, Italy).

  • Smartvel - improves the digital touchpoints with customers/leads, using content solutions (Madrid, Spain).

  • Baarb, Inc. - leading B2B platform matching travelers to hyper-relevant search results (Los Angeles, CA).

Not only will these startups get to pitch on the big stage for an opportunity to win over $100,000 worth of prizes, but they will also participate in a “speed dating” session with investors and executives from top travel companies at #FOTTECH2019. These meetings provide the startups with a unique opportunity to accelerate potential commercial pilots and have led to funding rounds from LAB Ventures’ VC partners.

"We are thrilled with the quality of startups from literally all over the world that applied to participate in the second annual Future of Travel Tech Summit," said LAB Ventures CEO, Tigre Wenrich. “We knew folks would jump at the opportunity to meet with executives from companies like Expedia and JetBlue, but we did not expect the event to have such a global reach. We have some very innovative startups coming from as far away as Poland, Israel, and Western Europe.”

Featured speakers at the summit include Bob Diener - Founder of and; Ilan Twig - Founder of TripActions, which achieved unicorn status with their recent series C led by Andreessen Horowitz; Utpal Kaul - Global Head of New Product Incubation at Carlson Wagonlit Travel; and representatives from Embraer, Rocketrip, Lonely Planet, Amadeus Ventures, Royal Caribbean, Viva Air, Highgate Ventures, and many others.

Join us and learn how technological advances are radically changing the industry landscape, and how you can stay ahead of the game.


LAB Miami Ventures ideates new tech businesses and then develops them from scratch in partnership with highly motivated entrepreneurs. Through our events and other corporate services, we help connect leading startups with established corporations and investors.

Source: LAB Miami Ventures