This is where it begins… Meet the leading players of the tourism industry and take your startup from Lisbon to the world.

The Journey is a 5 month program for startups with innovative solutions with application in the travel and tourism areas. We believe in those who look at the world and see it differently. The Journey is long but we’re here to push you through it, and we’re in it for the long-run.

The Journey is a 5 month program for startups with innovative solutions with application in the travel and tourism areas. We believe in those who look at the world and see it differently. The Journey is long but we’re here to push you through it, and we’re in it for the long-run.

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The Challenges

Sustainable Tourism

Protecting the environment

Preserving cultural heritage

Promoting inclusive growth in tourism

Protect the future of destinations

Dispersing tourist destinations

Enhance Experience at Destination

Simplifying and smoothing out the customer experience

Use of mobile to help improve the tour experience

Smart travel (wearable tech)

Connect local experts directly with travelers

Peer-to-peer tour business models

Digitalize offline customers (before, during and after traveling)

Personalized and customized travel

Change the “pen and paper paradigm” for touristic circuits

Business Optimisation

Non-intrusive client profile information

Gathering and analyzing traveler data

Loyalty building

Management of online complains

Integration of digital solutions (profiling, booking, CRM, etc.)

Optimize usage of empty seats / rooms / allotments

Selling of touristic products to in-destination locals

Build standardization around different types of tour products

Digital penetration of tour operator inventory

Anti-fraud systems (p.e. tickets)

Some of the breakthrough technologies we’re looking for: Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Chat-bots, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Holograms.

Program Timeline

Applications

March 16 – May 12

The Journey is a 5 month Program giving you the opportunity to show your true potential across 3 main stages. It all starts with your online application and at each phase of the program we will assess the fit between the startups and the program in order to invite those that can clearly benefit the most from collaborating with The Journey Partners.

We’ll be looking at how solid the business model is, growth potential and scalability, the complementarity of skills within the team, how the product delivers value and how the Partners can provide value. The best 25 startups will move forward.

Bootcamp

June 26 – June 30

The Top 25 startups will be invited to join the one-week Bootcamp benefiting from learning about business model innovation, startups methodologies and tools, and get the first product validation and define the value proposition.

Acceleration Prep

July 3 – September 8

The successful 15 teams will have a 2 month period to meet with the partners and arrange all the operational requirements.

Acceleration

September 11 – November 3

The 15 selected startups that are going to be part of the accelerator will enjoy 8 weeks of coaching & pitch practice sessions and will have access to several workshops & mentoring sessions to reach product-market fit. These startups will also benefit from the Partners collaborators and mentors in the program, together with Beta-i’s network.

Pitch Day

November 6

This is D Day. All the 15 startups will be presenting their solutions. It will be a public event where you will find potential investors, media, Partners and Beta-i representatives, among other invited guests from the tourism industry.

Who is backing me up?

7 of the leading players of the tourism industry, and one of the best and most active startup organizations in Europe.

Main Partner
Partners
Organized By

Startups

7 of the leading players of the tourism industry, and one of the best and most active startup organizations in Europe.

Airbot Technology

Conversational platform for airports and airlines

www.airport.ai
Portugal

Regit.Today

Regit is a real-time compliant communication platform for personal info

www.regit.today
Singapore

Firefly Experience

An all-encompassing mobile travel app,
illuminating journeys!

www.firef.ly
United Kingdom

Roundstay

Have a healthy business trip. Stay fit, eat better and be active

www.roundstay.com
Italy

Secret City Trails

Playful city discovery trails via a web app

www.secretcitytrails.com
Netherlands

Doinn

Doinn is an IT platform and a service manager for short-term rentals

www.doinn.com
Portugal

Thismo Messenger

Drop a message – connect with your customers to reach them mobile

www.thismo.com
Germany

Find.Exchange

Search and comparison engine for travel money, transfers & prepaid cards

www.find.exchange
United Kingdom

Busrapido.com

Busrapido.com is an online booking platform for private bus charters

www.busrapido.com/it/
Italy

CorreYvuela

Travel chatbot that sells flights via WhatsApp, Facebook, Telegram and SMS

www.correyvuela.com
Spain

Infraspeak

Smart facility management

www.infraspeak.com
Portugal

Ground Control Studios

Startup focused on VR Game/Experience development and B2B VR tools

www.gcontrolgames.com
Portugal

Ecocubo

Eco³ (Ecocube), the essential to maximize people´s experience in Nature

www.ecocubo.pt
Portugal

Handiscover

An accommodation booking website for people with limited mobility

www.handiscover.com
Sweden

Visor AI

Your virtual customer support advisor

www.visor.ai
Portugal

Gooyave

A pocket-sized travel assistant offering suggestions throughout the journey

www.gooyave.com
France

FindMyLost

The first Social Lost & Found platform for Business and Consumer

www.findmylost.it
Italy

Dropbyke

Smart rental platform

www.dropbyke.com
Spain

Studiomapp (Qirate)

Maps and apps for quality of life

www.studiomapp.com
Italy

Talkifly

A marketplace connecting business travelers with travel agents via chat

www.talkifly.com
Portugal

Mentors

Sérgio Guerreiro
Turismo de Portugal Director

Ricardo Macieira
Airbnb Country Lead Portugal

Miguel Angel de la Plaza
Amadeus General Manager

Pedro Pupo
Amadeus Sales Manager

João Ricardo Moreira
NOS Board Member

Maria João Cardoso
NOS Corporate

João Machado
Pestana Board Member

Pedro Fernandez
Pestana Managing Director

António Vargas
Pestana Hotels Project Manager

Miguel Couto
Abreu Board Member

Pedro Gomes
Abreu Digital Marketing Manager

Pedro Neto
Cityrama General Manager

João Costa
Cityrama Brand Manager

Pedro Rocha Vieira
Beta-i Co-Founder & CEO

Manuel Tânger
Beta-i Co-Founder & Board Member

Ricardo Marvão
Beta-i Co-Founder & Board Member

António Carvalho
Beta-i Program Director

This is where it begins.

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