Voyager HQ, the global club connecting startups in travel, tourism and hospitality with investors, mentors, and industry partners, is formally announcing the launch of its third city expansion in 2019.
Through a new partnership, Voyager HQ and JetBlue Technology Ventures will provide the local travel startup ecosystem in Boston with a place to gather monthly to network with like-minded industry professionals and find support for new and innovative travel products. The expansion, part of Voyager HQ’s .events series, will bring the value and impact of Voyager HQ’s face-to-face community in New York to cities across the world.
Voyager HQ’s .events series will be held in partner locations around various cities and hosted by local Event Directors. Other cities in the .events series announced so far for 2019 include San Francisco, CA and Austin, TX. San Francisco is kicking off monthly events this February 26th.
Events will include Travel Founders Breakfasts, a monthly opportunity for travel entrepreneurs of all stages to gather before the workday begins for candid discussion and mentorship about product, fundraising and marketing challenges. Each city will also host several Travel Pitch Nights per year, giving chosen startups the opportunity to pitch their product publicly to a panel of industry leaders and investors.
Voyager HQ, co-founded and chaired by Fareportal CEO Sam S Jain, also offers startup members a landing pad in Midtown Manhattan known as "The Clubhouse." The space provides a place for the brightest minds in the travel industry to work, connect, and advance the future of travel. The company also produces an annual conference, the Travel Disruption Summit, which brings together the top minds in travel technology for a full day of roundtable conversations, keynote speakers, and structured networking in New York City.
JetBlue Technology Ventures is the venture capital arm of JetBlue Airways that invests in and partners with early stage startups innovating in the travel, transportation, and hospitality industries. Their investment focuses and role as a holistic support system for startups and entrepreneurs is a natural alignment with Voyager HQ’s community-first approach to innovation.
“We’re excited to partner with Voyager HQ to help elevate emerging solutions and technologies for the global travel industry,” said Amy Burr, managing director of strategic partnerships at JetBlue Technology Ventures. “We’re also particularly excited to scale our support for forward-thinking entrepreneurs in Boston and help grow the area’s innovation ecosystem. Boston is a Focus City for jetBlue and is also home to two of our portfolio companies.”
For more information about Voyager HQ events happening in Boston and in a city near you, please visit http://www.voyagerhq.events. For more information about JetBlue Technology Ventures, please visit http://www.jetblueventures.com.
About JetBlue Technology Ventures
JetBlue Technology Ventures is the venture capital arm of JetBlue airways. We invest in and partner with early stage startups innovating in the travel, transportation, and hospitality industries. We prioritize investments in five areas – (1) seamless customer-centric journey; (2) technology powered magnificent service; (3) maintenance and operations; (4) distribution, loyalty, and revenue management; and (5) evolving regional travel. Founded in 2016, JetBlue Technology Ventures is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) and is located in Silicon Valley, Calif. For more information, visit http://www.JetBlueVentures.com.
About Voyager HQ
Voyager HQ is the startup club for the global travel, tourism, and hospitality industry. Their community brings together entrepreneurs, corporate partners, and investors from around the world to create the future of travel experiences through curated events, workspace, and actionable introductions. The Voyager Clubhouse NYC is their signature coworking and event space in Flatiron, as well as the global headquarters for a digital community of 1,000+ entrepreneurs in 55 countries. Join the Voyager HQ club by visiting https://www.voyagerhq.com/join-voyager/.
Fareportal is a travel technology company powering a next generation travel concierge service. Utilizing its innovative technology and company owned and operated global contact centers, Fareportal has built strong industry partnerships providing customers access to over 450 airlines, 1 million hotels, and hundreds of car rental companies around the globe. With a portfolio of consumer travel brands including CheapOair and OneTravel, Fareportal enables consumers to book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone, or live chat. Fareportal provides its airline partners with access to a broad customer base that books high-yielding international travel and add-on ancillaries.