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29 Oct 2019

Applications now open for Business Travel Show Launchpad

  • 10 start-ups are invited to apply for space in the Launchpad
  • Business Travel Innovation Face-Off announced
  • Visitor registration now open at

29 October 2019: Business travel and meetings start-ups are being invited to apply for one of ten stands in this year’s Launchpad, which is returning to Business Travel Show for its sixth year.

Over the last five years, the Launchpad has been a powerful promotional platform, accelerating brand awareness for a wide range of start-ups among thousands of European corporate travel buyers. Companies under three years old are invited to apply for a Launchpad package, offered at an accessible entry level price and including a 4m2 shell scheme stand, carpet, furniture, access to the hosted buyer diary and PR and marketing support.

Previous Launchpad exhibitors have included Taptrip and Trooptravel, both of whom have gone on to enjoy incredible success since taking part. Taptrip’s self booking tool is a finalist in the 2020 Business Travel Awards and has been accepted on to the Barclays’ Techstars accelerator. Trooptravel was one of 13 finalists at the Business Travel Innovation Face-Off conference in New York this month and is currently on the IAG’s hangar 51 accelerator programme.

The Business Travel Innovation Face-Off make its European debut at Business Travel Show in 2020. Featuring presentations from eight disrupters, all set on shaking up the travel and meetings status quo. Each will have just seven minutes of uninterrupted airtime to pitch to 150 specially invited buyers, followed by a four-minute Q&A from an expert panel of judges and a public grilling.

Two winners will be selected; one by the judges and a second ‘buyers’ choice’. Both will be announced at the show on the afternoon of 27th February.

“This is a unique opportunity for start-ups to impress 150 senior corporate travel and procurement managers and blow their minds with their innovative travel and meetings solutions,” commented David Chapple, Portfolio Director UK, Northstar Travel Group.

“It’s also a brilliant chance for our buyers to see eight brand-new and cutting-edge products, technologies and services that have developed to address the key industry challenges they are facing at such an early stage in their journey.”

Companies interested in applying for one of the limited spaces in the Launchpad are asked to please complete the form at and send to by Monday 2nd December. Successful applicants will be notified if you have been successful 10th January 2020. 

Business Travel Show is the international event for business travel, bringing together thousands of travel buyers and bookers on 26-27 February 2020 at Olympia London. Online visitor registration is open now at


About the Business Travel Show:

The Business Travel Show, held annually in London since 1994, is Europe’s largest business travel exhibition and conference bringing together 9,000 European professionals. This long established and reputable event provides business travel buyers and managers with the suppliers, knowledge and contacts to help create and develop successful travel programmes.

It is the major event in Europe where travel buyers and managers can evaluate thousands of products and services from over 260 global travel brands to innovative start-up companies covering air, accommodation, travel management and expenses to traveller services, technology and duty of care.

Running alongside the exhibition is Europe’s largest conference programme designed to meet knowledge requirements of beginners through to experienced travel buyers. Independently produced and supported by 120 expert speakers, the 80+ topical sessions cover the full spectrum of travel management facilitating peer to peer learning and debate to enable buyers to understand how to buy and manage travel better.

The Business Travel Show provides the opportunity to meet with 9,000 professionals from across the European business travel community. From peer-to-peer and supplier networking sessions to informal social events, the event allows attendees to build new relationships and to share knowledge and best practice.


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