Digital Travel, Aviation and Startups


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Core Technology Facility

46 Grafton Street


M13 9NT

United Kingdom

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Hosted by UMI3 and VaultPAD

Time; 1600-1800

Venue; UMIC, CTF Building, 46 Grafton Street, M13 9NT.

A 2 hour introductory session for Startups followed by Travel Massive Manchester at the Black Dog Ballroom @ 1830

The Northwest and The World's Largest Business Sector.

The Northwest has always been and continues to be a hotbed of innovation. However, when it comes to Travel it has been taking a back seat to the rest of the world. The region that spawned aircraft such as the Lancaster Bomber and the Vulcan to today’s Airbus family should be at the forefront of Aviation, Travel and Tourism.

Now a partnership between The University of Manchester Innovation Group Digital Accelerator and VaultPad – A Global Travel Accelerator – is aiming to change that. We are seeking Innovative ideas for digital enterprises in the travel and leisure industry.

Come and join us for a few hours while we explore the opportunities for Digital Travel.

Who should attend?

  • Start-ups that have a solution for travelers or travel companies
  • Existing companies wanting to break into the travel space
  • Established travel companies looking for new solutions or new partners
  • Academic researchers and students, we are incentivising ideas from this group in particular with a £500 award for the best travel related idea submitted. Further details at the event
  • Investment – angels or venture firms
  • Anyone interested in finding out about innovation in the travel industry

Agenda :

Introduction - Why Travel is Important to Manchester and the Region

Guest Speaker from the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research

1. The world of Travel and the Opportunity – 30 mins.

Why Travel, Why Now and is it really hard or is that a pot of gold as well as a thrill

ride we see? How can startups enter the world of Travel? It’s a constantly

changing market.

2. Access and Data – Gateways and Gatekeepers 30 Mins (John Lambe)

· What companies have which data?

· How to find the right person to talk to

· Commercial agreement considerations

· Data and API structure – Yes Standards Matter

· Standards - Resources

3. Funding – I can’t live on Big Macs my whole life.

· Strategies

· Founding Sources and avenues

4. Guest Speaker Dr Krassimira Paskaleva- Senior Research Fellow from the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR)

5. Still want to do it - now what?

A panel of experts drawn from local and International resources will take your questions. For example:

· How to get along in this industry

· Finding a mentor/advisor and being accepted


· Dr Krassimira Paskaleva - Senior Research Fellow MIOIR

· John Lambe – Founder of OpenJaw Technologies

· Paul Addy – Founder of Teamwork Solutions/Datalex, Dexter Intelligence

· Kevin O’Sullivan – SITA Labs

· Malcolm Evans – Corporate Finance Northwest

· Timothy O’Neil-Dunne – Managing Partner VaultPad, Founding Team member Expedia, TNooz node.

Travel Massive Manchester networking will follow sponsored by TNooz and VaultPad.

If you have any queries regarding the event please contact Ellie Sagar.

T: 0161 606 7265


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