Another iteration of Startup Knockdown was successfully concluded yesterday and it received great response similar to the Kolkata event. This time Startup Knockdown was hosted as a part of TTF Hyderabad. The event brought together experts from the industry and some really interesting travel startups from the region. During the session, five travel startups from different sectors of industry pitched in front of an expert panel of judges to win the title and many other opportunities that accompany the title.
Amadeus selected Routern to be a part of Amadeus Next. Routern offers a simple intuitive platform for travellers to customise their travel plans. It has a map interface that allows one to easily plan the trip, include different activities and experiences and book.
India Outtabox emerged to be popular choice getting maximum points by the judges’ sheet. India Outtabox is a travel provider focussed on offering highly customised authentic travel experiences to international travellers coming to India. This is provided with the help of well trained host families.
Guidezie has been invited by Hyderabad Angels to an elevated pitch session. It is an on demand platform that allows travellers to find expert guides when they are at tourist destinations. They can look a guide in real time or schedule for the date when they will be travelling.
India’s travel market has largely been driven by offline players like travel agents however with the increase in adoption of internet, the online travel market is growing fast. The online travel industry in India is predicted to grow over USD 10 billion in gross bookings (Source: Phocuswright) and around half of that will be driven by young travel startups. This offers huge opportunities for travel brands and room for young startups to enhance the experience of travellers by leveraging technology.
The response we received from the startups as well as the audience was highly encouraging. The participants discussed the finer details of their businesses during one-on-one conversations with the judges and everyone had something to take back from the event. We would also like to thank our partners again for supporting the event. For details on all the upcoming events, visit startupknockdown.travhq.com.