TNT Showcases Extraordinary Innovations in Travel - The 2015 Entrepreneurs Showcase Companies Announced

  • Hospitality Upgrade
  • 03.16.15
The Travel & Technology Conference/TNT: Connecting Concepts with Cash, announces the entrepreneurs showcase and company pitchers. TNT explores future tech trends in the travel and tourism industries and showcases entrepreneurs and young startups as well as established companies who are looking for funding.  TNT connects these companies with investment community leaders in an interactive shark tank/deal flow setting. The event will be held tomorrow, March 17, 2015, at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco.

This shark-tank type session will expose the extraordinary innovation in travel, hotel and foodservice technology. The companies showcased are Capton, Groupize Solutions, GuestDriven; GuestCentric; Kaptivating; KEYPR; Suiteness; and Venga. Each company will have 6 minutes to pitch and demo, followed by 2 minutes of Q&A and feedback from the sharks. After all pitches are heard, questions will be taken from the audience and the audience will vote for a winner of the $10,000 prize package.

TNT is a unique event that brings together leading travel industry executives from hotels and hospitality to discuss technology trends and share their future expectations for how emerging technologies will impact and shape the landscape. Sessions will focus on big data, restaurant technology and include a world-class investor panel. A list of speakers at the 2015 TNT are:
 
  • Erik Blachford, worked on the founding team at Expedia and eventually became Expedia's CEO, currently working in venture capital at Technology Crossover Ventures
  • Stephen Brobst, chief technology officer, Teradata Corporation; launched three start-ups related to high-end database management products and services; recently ranked the No. 4 U.S. chief technology officer for 2014
  • Greg Dollarhyde, Chief Energizing Officer, Veggie Grill, Inc., Chairman, Zoes Kitchen, Inc., and Managing Member, Dollarhyde Investment Group
  • Cory Glass, Sr. ISV Director, travel and hospitality, salesforce.com
  • Katherine Grass, head of Innovation & Ventures at Amadeus IT Group
  • Chris Hemmeter, managing director, Thayer Ventures
  • John Balen, General Partner, Canaan Partners
  • Dave Berkus, Managing Partner of Kodiak Ventures, L.P. and Berkus Technology Ventures, LLC, and Chairman- Emeritus of the Tech Coast Angels, one of the largest angel investing networks in the United States
  • Jay Ganatra, Senior Manager of Corporate Development, Yelp
  • Matt O'Keefe, Chief Technology Officer, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts


The opening session begins at 12:30 p.m. (Pacific), March 17, 2015 at the Hilton Union Square - San Francisco, CA. For more information or to register please visit www.hospitalityupgrade.com/tnt or register on site.




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