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BUSINESS TRAVEL INNOVATION FACEOFF EUROPE

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The Business Travel Innovation Faceoff Europe 2024 will feature up to 12 presentations of cutting-edge products, technologies and services that address industry challenges and support managed business travel, meetings or business travellers.

The presentations will take place live on the floor of Business Travel Show Europe on 19-20 June in front of a panel of esteemed judges and an engaged audience.

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Each presenter has seven minutes of uninterrupted speaking time followed by four minutes of questions and answers from a panel of expert judges (corporate travel buyers, consultants and the previous year’s winner) and two minutes of audience Q&A.

We're on the lookout for trailblazing suppliers with the next big thing. Join us to watch a showcase of the latest products live in our Business Travel Innovation Faceoff and get involved in the audience question time.

The suppliers involved in this year's Business Travel Innovation Faceoff Europe

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Alō Index is a two-sidedB2B platform that puts ESG procurement solutions in the hands of enterprise travel managers and hotel sales teams. Enterprises can finally compare and select sustainable hotels that meet business travel ESG requirements, and hotels can leverage their ESG initiatives to meet their sales goals. Alō Index’s systemic approach takes a deep dive into all E, S, and G components including carbon, waste and water initiatives, biodiversity, community economic and social impact, human rights, and cultural initiatives.



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DWELLoptimal is a real estate technology company that provides companies a dedicated, secure work|live platform - both software and physical spaces - with the primary motivation of providing deeper connectivity to the remote worker. DWELL was designed for companies to harness the power of remote workers and provide for a more seamless onboarding experience of new employees. In addition to providing actual work|live environments, our travel utilization software allows companies to manage all aspects of their secure real-estate portfolios.

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Unlocking sustainability in business travel, eco.mio brings a game-changing plug-in to booking platforms like Concur or Cytric. With clients like Roland Berger and Kearney, the solution has not only slashed emissions from corporate travel by 20% but has also delivered significant cost savings.The configurable system goes beyond mere transparency—it empowers employees to make greener and more cost-effective travel choices through carbon taxes, gentle nudges, gamification elements, and enticing incentives. This approach empowers employees without imposing rigid travel policies, actively engaging them in achieving corporate climate goals.

 

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GroundSpan is the industry leading, neutral ground transportation booking and management solution for global corporations that creates efficient multi-channel booking environments, maximizes use of preferred vetted ground vendors, drives local logical fare plus proper vendor utilization and provides an easy-to-use suite of reports/data for improved decision making in ground category. GroundSpan has connectivity to 7,000+ ground transportation partners, 1,500+ corporate accounts, and has been chosen as the preferred vendor for all the leading TMCs, OBTs and GDSs. GroundSpan is a proven tool with years of experience that disrupts the category positively offering value to all key constituents to ensure this operates smoothly leading maximum results in regard to quality, safety, pricing, and spend management.

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Lumo is an AI-powered flight disruption management that allows the entire travel ecosystem to proactively plan for and manage disruptions. Lumo’s microservice based model delivers predictions through APIs and dashboards, allowing customers to integrate our predictions with traveler- and agent-facing tools to help travelers, arrangers, meetings/events planners, and travel agents proactively avoid disruptions instead of simply reacting to them. Lumo drives better decisions before, during, and after a trip: our APIs and browser extension facilitate better choices at the point of sale by displaying a flight’s delay risk during the booking flow, our monitoring tools help users stay informed and suggest alternatives in the event of a potential disruption, and our post-trip reporting helps travel managers design better programs by quantifying traveler wellness and scorecarding travel suppliers. Lumo’s customers span the entire travel ecosystem. From TMC agents who use Lumo to monitor disruptions, to airlines who use Lumo to optimize crew and aircraft utilization, to travel call centers who use our predictions to better plan for and mitigate workload spikes, Lumo’s disruption management solutions drive greater efficiency and productivity across the entire travel ecosystem.

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Mesh Payments is an expense and travel platform for modern global companies. Mesh makes it easy to manage and control global spending across multiple entities and currencies, from saving on FX with local currency cards to customizing policies, approvals, automations and integrations. Purpose-built for the demands of the modern workforce, the Mesh platform brings together a connected experience for travel and expense that offers unmatched control and efficiency. Mesh simplifies the management of preferred TMCs and streamlines the entire expense management process; ensuring policy adherence while tracking real-time expenses, enhancing financial transparency, easing reconciliation, and reducing the administrative burden on employees, travel teams and finance departments.

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The mission of 3Sixty is to transform the way extended-stay travel is sourced and purchased by creating a seamless digitally controlled high quality, curated, compliant accommodation experience. 3Sixty is a state-of-the-art marketplace that reduces the noise in extended-stay travel. The result is a consistent, quality experience that creates an expectation: if you book a 3Sixty stay for your employees, you know they’ll feel at home. The 3Sixty team has spent more than 30 years building the industry’s most robust network of over 1 million globally compliant accommodations in 60 countries. 3Sixty’s flexible bid feature increases compliance and control while delivering choice, flexibility, and optimized spend. With a mix of machine learning and human expertise - the marketplace aggregates and curates suitable housing for clients and their employees.

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TripStax is modular stack of ten proprietary cloud-based API connected travel management modules (Approve, Analytics, Content, Docs, Hotels, Mobile, Portal, Profile, Track and QC) powered by the TripStax Core an unrivalled data-processing engine. The Core consumes, enriches and normalises booking, profile and finance data from any content source. The Core transforms the data management process as it doesn’t require a GDS centric PNR. It becomes the sole ‘source of truth’ for TMCs’ corporate client data, ensuring the clean, accurate flow of that data to each TripStax module. TripStax is built on a groundbreaking,cost reducing commercial model for our customers. Most technology vendors charge TMCs multiple and costly transaction fees based on the consumption and storage of data. TripStax only charges once for ingestion of data, regardless of how many times that data is processed within one of the TripStax modules. TripStax is leading the charge for the iterative transformation that the business travel tech landscape needs, by changing how travel data is consumed, managed and utilised.

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Zenmer is an SaaS-based Global & Shared Business Travel Platform for TMCs, Corporations and Suppliers to maximize revenue, improve traveler experience, and reduce leakage using web and mobile apps. Corporations can manage their global travel spend in a single dashboard with complete control and real-time insight into all global locations, also allowing them to work with multiple TMCs, suppliers, and tech companies using secure Open-APIs. TMCs can use the Agent Desktop to book and service clients with full visibility into the client’s travel policy program. The proprietary Order Management System (OMS) standardizes the end-to-end booking and post-ticketing process independent of any supplier or Point Of Sale. The Open-API platform allows 3rd party developers to enable TMCs and Corporations with value-added services like CO2 offsets, on-trip upselling, travel alerts, duty of care and more.

Presentation timings

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    • Business travel innovation faceoff
    19 Jun 2024 Show Floor Theatre 1 -
    Part one of this year’s Business Travel Innovation Faceoff sees Groundspan, TripStax and Zenmer present their cutting-edge products, technologies or services to the judging panel and audience. Grounds ...
    • Business travel innovation faceoff
    19 Jun 2024 Show Floor Theatre 1 -
    Part two of this year’s Business Travel Innovation Faceoff sees 3Sixty, Alō Index and eco.mio  present their cutting-edge products, technologies or services to the judging panel and audience. 3Sixty T ...
    • Business travel innovation faceoff
    20 Jun 2024 Show Floor Theatre 1 -
    Part three of this year’s Business Travel Innovation Faceoff sees Mesh Payments, DWELLoptimal,  and Lumo present their cutting-edge products, technologies or services to the judging panel and audience ...
    • Business travel innovation faceoff
    20 Jun 2024 Show Floor Theatre 1 -
    The judges provide commentary on the presentations of the ten contestants in the 2023 Business Travel Innovation Faceoff and name the Business Travel Innovator Award. 

Previous winners

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Gee Mann, Founder and Creator, Travlr ID

Gee Mann, Founder and Creator, Travlr ID


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"It is truly an honour to receive this award and be recognised among our esteemed peers. We are thankful for this opportunity and excited about the future."

2023 winner

Daniel Price, CEO & Co-Founder, Jyrney

Daniel Price, CEO & Co-Founder, Jyrney


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“It’s pretty awesome to win this award, especially for ground transport because it’s often the last thought about part of travel, so to represent the sector and win an award against some really strong competitors is just fabulous”

2022 winner

Jack Dow, Founder and Ceo, Grapevine 

Jack Dow, Founder and Ceo, Grapevine 


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“It really means a lot to us, and it’s great recognition of the hard work the team has put in over the past year and a half. It also highlights the increasing recognition of the part technology can play, not just in the recovery from a very challenging 18 months, but also in reshaping the future of travel, providing consumer-grade experiences, which are long overdue in the industry”

2021 winner

Ron Shah, CEO, Bizly  

Ron Shah, CEO, Bizly

 

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"It’s an honour to be recognised by such a great community and we particularly appreciate the support as we prepare to launch in Europe later this year."

2020 winner

Meet the judges

This year reputable judges bring a wide range of knowledge from the industry and fascinating questions to the exciting Faceoff.

Carine Morin

 

Carine Morin, Regional Travel Manager, EMEA,
Service Now

Ian Spearing


Ian Spearing,
Founder,
Travel Evolution Consulting  

Gee Mann

Gee Mann, Founder,
TravlrID

Steve Clagg


Steve Clagg, Travel Technology Manager,
Microsoft

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2024 Sponsors & Partners


 

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