Business Travel Show announces Launchpad area and Travel Technology Disrupt Awards

Business Travel Show, Olympia Grand, 24-25 February 2016

A new Launchpad area and the Travel Technology Disrupt Awards will be introduced to Business Travel Show 2016 to help buyers source the very latest in industry innovation and to support and promote start-ups and new businesses in the business travel arena.

Companies must have been trading for two years or less in order to exhibit within Launchpad and three new businesses are already confirmed: beTravelwise, DUFL and Magic Event. is a French start-up launched in 2014. It is the first collaborative consumption website which is exclusively dedicated to business tourism. With a presence in the main European business cities (Paris, Hanover, Barcelona, London), the service offers accommodation – studios, apartments, villas -  within the immediate vicinity of major business centres and convention/exhibition centres.

“As a start-up, it is essential for us to communicate our services travel managers, travel agencies and business travelers, but we do not have the same resources as other established companies. The Launchpad is perfectly suited for us as we can participate in an international event such as the Business Travel Show and benefit from great exposure," Bérengère Bonnet, marketing director.

beTravelwise provides training courses designed to support organisations in their travel risk management programmes. A fully blended approach allows learners to receive engaging training appropriate to the health and security risks they may face.

Director Saul Shanagher commented: “We have an exciting new travel safety training product suite that Launchpad allows us to introduce to our market. The Business Travel Show is the most important trade show in our sector and without this excellent initiative by the organisers we wouldn’t have been able to have a presence there.”  

DUFL is a premium travel service, a personal valet that simplifies business travel by shipping, cleaning and storing a traveller’s business attire. Travellers simply ‘pack’ virtually before each trip using the DUFL app and, once the trip is scheduled, they travel bag free to find their freshly cleaned and neatly packed suitcase waiting at their destination.

" Launchpad is an exceptional opportunity to highlight the capabilities of our premium travel service app, DUFL. Launchpad is focused on presenting the latest and most innovative technologies to the travel industry’s key players. We’re excited to tell the travel community about our new and exciting service for their travelers - allowing them to travel without luggage, doing laundry, packing or unpacking! DUFL is an innovative service that saves time and stress by storing, cleaning and shipping business attire for our users," said Andrea Graziana, chief marketing officer, DUFL.

The Launchpad will also host the Travel Technology Disrupt Awards, which are open to technology companies exhibiting at Business Travel Show and Travel Technology Europe.* Finalists will take part in Dragon’s Den style pitching session during the show. The winner, who will be crowned on Thursday 25 February 2016, will receive a three-hour consultancy session with travel technology entrepreneur and investor Matt Zito and the Travel Startups Incubator advisory team and a free exhibition stand at Business Travel Show 2017 show worth £8,000. The entry deadline is 22nd January 2016.

Business Travel Show event director David Chapple added: “One of the main drivers for buyers attending the Business Travel Show is to discover innovative new products and solutions that will work with their travel programmes and make their travellers’ lives easier. “With exhibiting options from just £1,300 Launchpad will make it possible for new ventures to reach thousands of European key buyers who have the potential to make a huge difference to their future success.”

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