The Travolution Start-up Summit returns in 2022 as an in-person event for the first time since the start of the COVID pandemic. We will once again be bringing together some of the most innovative founders and entrepreneurs with investors, mentors and institutions that support start-ups for this popular half-day event. 

The Summit will take place on Wednesday, October 19 at 8:30am at News UK’s head office in London. Sessions will feature founders pitching their companies, investors and incubators discussing the opportunities for start-ups in travel and successful entrepreneurs sharing their experiences.

The Summit will also see the launch of the 2022 Travolution Innovation Report that analyses tech investment in the UK travel sector and showcases the most innovative players in the industry.


Networking breakfast
Travolution Innovation Report 2022 launch

The 2022 Innovation Report will offer detailed insight of who’s spending how much on what in the UK travel industry. Our excusive analysis of Office for National Statistics data will show how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted what travel agents, tour operators, hotel companies, cruise and ferry operators and aviation firms are spending in five areas of IT. The report will also highlight the key areas that travel firms must be looking to innovate in as the sector continues to recover from the pandemic.


Clare de Bono, associate director and UK country manager, Amadeus

Mo Shakarchi, chief product and innovation officer, Collinson

Nick Shay, head of travel and hospitality, Publicis Sapient

Starting up and scaling up during the pandemic

This session will feature travel firms that have managed to grow during despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our speakers will shed insight into what they did to react to the onset of the international travel lockdown to secure their firms’ future or launch a new venture during the pandemic. We will hear about how they managed to find growth in one of the most challenges period in the history of the travel sector.


Kirk Flitton, co-founder and chief commercial officer, Lucky Trip

Erika De Santi, co-founder and international expansion director, We Road

Vivi Cayhadi Himmel, co-founder and chief executive, AltoVita

Ronald Homsy, founder and advisory board member, Pinktada


Lee Hayhurst, editor, Travolution

Travel Start-Up Award judging

This session will see the founders of six travel start-ups each give short five-minute elevator pitches about their companies in front of a panel of industry experts who have two minutes to grill them on their plans.

Coffee break
Investor forum: where do we go from here?

This session will bring together key investors, incubators and mentors to find out what they look for in a promising start-up that will persuade them to part with their cash and invest time and energy to nurture a new idea. We’ll be asking what the COVID pandemic has done to the appetite to invest in travel and whether the sector might be on the brink of an era of innovation as it looks to apply technological solutions to the challenges of digitisation and automation, scarce resources and ever-rising customer expectations.


Anthony Rose, founder and chief executive, SeedLegals

Charles Hardwick, principal, Vitruvian Partners

Kolvin Stone, partner, Fox Williams


Lee Hayhurst, editor, Travolution

Travel Start-Up Award judging

This session will see the second set of six travel start-up founders each give short five minute elevator pitches about their companies in front of a panel of industry experts who have two minutes to grill them on their plans.

This is how I made it

In this closing session a successful industry entrepreneur will tell their founding story, explain what they learnt from creating a company in travel and give insight into what it takes to take a company from start-up to scale-up to established brand.


Ben Stephenson, founder and chief executive, Impala



Our speakers are experts drawn from leading travel and disruptive digital brands

co-founder & ceo
founder & chief executive
Vitruvian Partners
associate director & uk country manager
co-founder & international expansion director
co-founder & cco
technology & data lawyer
Fox Williams
chief product & innovation officer
head of travel & hospitality
Publicis Sapient
founder & advisory board member
co-founder & chief executive


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