Booking.com To Host Accelerator Lab For Travel Tech Startups In Tel Aviv
February 20, 2018 | Booking.com, one of the biggest travel and airfare aggregator companies in the world, announced that it would hold a three-day accelerator program next month in Tel Aviv for Israeli, Italian, Romanian and Greek early-stage startups. Nine participating startups, six of them Israeli, will attend Booking.com’s Booster Lab at the Mindspace building in Tel Aviv from March 6-8 for workshops and mentoring sessions with the company’s experts. The startups also have a chance to pitch their plans for grants between $12,000 and $30,000. David Vismans, Chief Product Officer at Booking.com, said in a statement, “We are excited to be hosting these inventive startups at our Booster Lab in Tel Aviv next month. These intensive programs enable us to connect with, inspire and ultimately fund some of the next great innovations in sustainable tourism.” The six Israeli startups taking part in the program are bitemojo, which developed an app that offers off-the-beaten track food experiences; Knowers, a travel platform that connects travelers with locals for information; FarmGuests, a platform that allows rural tourists and agribusiness owners to connect; accessibleGO, a platform for travelers with disabilities; paratek, a company offering services that make treks and outdoors activities accessible to the physically impaired; and Trailze, a platform for the less adventurous who still want to enjoy the outdoors. The three other participating startups are Romania’s Questo, an app that offers city tours created by locals, Italy’s Citynsider, a community of travelers who share tips on cities, and Greece’s Lightheat, which appears to be a solar energy company.