Watch TTC18 Pitches & Check out the winners!

Marina Berezovska
Jun 28, 2018 · 12 min read

Here’s a full recap of TTC18 pitch competition — recordings, photos, slides and of course — list of winners and prizes!

Here we go

Watch the pitches, check out the slides and connect with the founders on our Facebook community group.


Pitch Recording | Slides | Jason on LinkedIn

Boni Loud Steps

Pitch Recording | Slides

List of winners and prizes below. Congrats to all 15 finalists, great job on the pitches & touch decision making for the judges!

This year we have pioneered a new TTC pitch competition format — reverse pitching — that have received a lot of great feedback from the community. Reverse pitching is exactly that — instead of startups pitching to the industry, it’s the industry that is pitching startups challenges that have not been solved yet and solutions that the travel industry experts would want to see on the market. Here is our debut with this format — watch full recording.

Special THANK YOUs

Shoutout to JetBlue Technology Ventures for supporting our mission for a long time! Special Thank you to The Glenlivet for hosting such an awesome after party for our community — so much fun!

HUGE THANK YOU to our amazing photographers:

Yan Kadaks | Brian Adison | Andrii Skaliuk

Full photo album will be available on our FB group.

Drum roll…Winners & Prizes

Huge thank you to all the judges who participated throughout the competition — evaluating the applications, selecting finalists and judging the top 15 pitches at TTC18. Below are the winners announced so far, we also have a couple of remote judges who will be picking their winners after watching recorded pitches, so stay tuned for updates via our newsletter.

JetBlue Technology Ventures

Prize: 2 roundtrip tickets & 1:1 mentorship session for 1 startup

Winner: Boni Loud Steps



Complimentary entrance to Battleground: The Americas
- Six minutes of demonstration time on stage during Battleground(Time and date TBD)
- Opportunity to win a slot in Summit, Phocuswright’s highest profile innovation competition,which will takeplace during The Phocuswright Conference in November 2018 in Los Angeles, California(The top 2 pitches from Battlegroundare awarded slots at Summit)

Winner: Touch and Discover

Travel Tech Consulting (Norm Rose)

Prize: 2 hours of consulting.

Winner: TRILL



Lifetime advisory support and mentorship for the selected travel startup. This includes monthly Skype sessions (or meetings when possible), help with the introductions and advice on necessary subjects.

Winner: Sidewalk


Prize: 1:1 mentorship

Winner: Unboundly

Plug and Play

Prize: Acceptance into next Plug and Play batch

Winner: TRILL

Travel Tech Austin / Capital Factory


  • 2 X pitch deck review sessions
  • Access to VIP Lounge at Capital Factory during SXSW 2019
  • Guest interview on soon-to-be-launched Travel Tech Podcast

Winner: Unboundly

Cockpit Innovation


  • Accelerated entering into the last stage of the screening process for the Cockpit Lounge with EL AL and Lufthansa Systems (Which does not guarantee entry into the program, but only a jump to the last stage of the screening). OR:
  • 1:1 mentoring session with Cockpit CEO (up to 2 hours, physical or online meeting).

Winners: GroupDesk, Direct, Shep, TripHop, TrustaBit, Via TRM

XXL Solutions


  • Presentation on stage at our next think future event (Feb 2018)
  • Demo in break area at the next think future — Hamburg Aviation Conference event (Feb2018)
  • Mentorship


Trustabit, GroupDesk, Trvl Porter, Boni

Custom Travel Solutions


  • 3 month mentorship program
  • Hotel API license for free for 6 months with no start up fee. Normally $11k

Winners: Via TRM, Vacation Fund

Enterprise Ireland

Prize: Mentorship & industry introductions

Winners: Sidewalk

American Airlines

Prize: 100,000 AAdvantage miles

Winner: Group Desk

More prizes and announcements are coming soon as we collect votes from remote judges, stay tuned via newsletter and FB group! Thank you everyone for participating in TTC18 pitch competition — it’s been an incredibly beneficial, collaborative, insightful and fully community driven effort and we’ll keep it up for the next Travel Tech Con!

Full recap of the main TTC18 keynotes day is coming soon — keep an eye, we’ll share full recordings, slides and photos.

High five TTC18 & welcome to the family!

Yours truly,

TTC18 Team — Marina, Ann, Aljona, Yulia, Ambar, Michael, Matt, Iiulia, Edgar, Yan, Andrii, Brian, Oksana, Deniz, Natalia, Michelle, Valentina, Kevin, Vadim, Max.

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