Phocuswright Innovation


The Phocuswright Innovation Platform is your key to finding startups, new products, partners, investors, essential research and an exclusive group of pioneers. Let us help you navigate the messy world of travel startups and technology by becoming a member of this extraordinary support system and exceptional network of companies.

Your Travel Innovation Platform


The Phocuswright Innovation Platform is a suite of products for companies that seek, live and love travel technology innovation.

The Phocuswright Innovation Platform consists of multiple elements.

the Phocuswright Innovation Platform overview

Conferences and Events

Phocuswright Innovation Platform - Three Stages for Innovation

  • Battleground: Brings early-stage startups (companies 24 months old or younger with US$1M or less in funding to date) to The Phocuswright Conference to demonstrate their innovation in a preliminary round taking place on Monday, November 14. Three companies are chosen to progress to the Summit.
  • Summit: A new version of The Travel Innovation Summit for startups (24 months old or younger) and emerging companies (24 to 48 months old) only (no limit on funding). 24 companies are pre- selected to present on the main stage in prime time on Tuesday, November 15 and battle it out for the Most Innovative Startup/Emerging Company and People's Choice awards.
  • Launch: Only 14 established companies (48 months or older) launching a new product or service in the travel technology space are selected to present on the main stage Wednesday, November 16. Demonstrators vie for the Most Innovative Established Company award and audience members determine the People’s Choice Award winner.
Phocuswright’s experienced innovation team carefully screens each candidate to find the best and eliminate the hype. Our team then consults with the selected companies, guiding and supporting the selected innovators during the preparation process.

Phocuswright Innovation Summit demo - Phocuswright Innovation Platform

Research and Learning


  • The State of Startups: An unparalleled series of reports and data on travel startups dating back to 2005, with in-depth analysis on financing, regional trends and segmentation by travel industry verticals.
  • University: University students of select hospitality departments participate in a semester-long program that delves into Phocuswright research and past Summit presentations, and includes an opportunity to present at The Phocuswright Conference.

Networking Opportunities


  • Lab: Where innovation meets opportunity – Phocuswright connects innovators with potential buyers and partners
  • Alumni: Participate in any component of the Phocuswright Innovation Platform and forever have access to an exclusive group of alumni with which to network and collaborate

Networking - Phocuswright Innovation Platform

Advanced Consulting


Innovation Workshop, in conjunction with LaunchPad Central: Leveraging the research background and industry subject-matter expertise of Phocuswright with the proven tools of LaunchPad Central, designed to unlock the keys to innovation in action.

When it comes to tracking innovations driving change in travel, Phocuswright has long been the industry authority. Since 2009, we have monitored and reported on hundreds of innovative companies via our report, The State of Startups, and provided a live platform to over 200 companies via past Travel Innovation Summit events held across the globe. Our research subscription, The Innovation Edition, tracks and forecasts technology trends, and analyzes how technology impacts the way travelers search, shop, purchase, experience and share travel.

The Phocuswright Innovation Platform is the only comprehensive platform that allows people to benefit from Phocuswright’s longstanding pedigree of tracking travel innovation. We host the entire lifecycle of innovation, from a learning environment to the practical application of travel’s next great product.