WIT Startup Pitch Japan & North Asia 2018 now open for entries

Web in Travel (WIT) has teamed up with Phocuswright in search for two Asia-Pacific travel innovators to help fast-track their business ideas into successful ventures on the global stage.

To qualify, startups have to be below five years old and be related to travel and tourism. Up to 10 semi-finalists will be chosen and coached to present at the WIT Japan & North Asia 2018 Bootcamp on June 28. Three finalists will then be selected for the WIT Startup Pitch Grand Finals to take place during the main WIT Japan & North Asia Conference on June 29.

Softinn Solutions, a travel technology company offering a cloud-based hotel reservation system for small to medium hotels, was the victor of WIT Japan & North Asia Start-up Pitch 2017

The winners of both competitions will each receive a one-year membership into the Phocuswright Innovation Platform. This membership offers access to a diverse network of advisors and its network of innovation partner events.

Also included is one conference ticket for The Phocuswright Conference taking place November 13-15 in Los Angeles. The winner will be invited to participate in a startup day held on November 12, comprising a three- to four-hour programme that includes curated content developed by Phocuswright’s Innovation Advisory Board and Platform Partners. Two companies from this startup programme will be selected to deliver a five minutes of fame presentation during the conference.

“Past WIT Startup pitch winners have gained access to funding opportunities, places in accelerator labs as well as access to mentors to advise them on their business. This year, with the collaboration with Phocuswright, they get a chance to shine on the global stage,” said Yeoh Siew Hoon, founder of WIT.

All submissions are to be sent to vera.lye@webintravel.com by April 15. For more information, visit https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/witjapan-northasia2018/startup-pitch/.

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