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2018 Grand Prize Winner Announced

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Skift and the Accenture Amadeus Alliance teamed up to combine our travel industry knowledge and create our first-ever startup competition. Together, we built a platform for startups with outstanding business ideas that can help drive innovation for airlines.

Over 50 startups applied. Three were chosen as finalists to pitch live at Skift Global Forum 2018. After much deliberation, Volantio was chosen as the grand prize winner, receiving a trip to the Accenture Amadeus Alliance Innovation Center in Dublin to participate in a design sprint. There, they will have the opportunity to showcase their innovation and solve for a challenge in the airline industry. Stay tuned for more on Volantio's trip to Dublin!

Meet Our Grand Prize Winner

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Volantio is the global leader in post-booking revenue and capacity optimization software for airlines. The web-based platform leverages machine learning algorithms to help airlines reduce denied boarding, better respond to irregular operations, and drive higher unit revenues on full flights.

“We are thrilled and extremely honored to be named the winner of the Air Pitch Startup Competition! Credit goes to our team for all their hard work. Thank you to Skift and the Accenture Amadeus Alliance for this amazing opportunity!”

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Winner of Air Pitch 2018 - Volantio

How Air Pitch Works

We searched for startups who are working to revolutionize the traveler experience, help airlines operate more efficiently, and shape the future of flight. Below are the key pillars Skift and the Accenture Amadeus Alliance aimed to solve for during the Air Pitch Startup Competition.
Next Generation Retail
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Developing new, effective ways to inspire and acquire customers.
Exceptional Travel Experiences
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Using unique, intelligent solutions to improve the pre-, during-, and post-flight experience.
Rethinking Airline Operations
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Developing new ways to make airline operations run more efficiently and sustainably.
Reinventing the Airline Industry
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Working on the next big disruption that will shape the future of flight.

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The Accenture Amadeus Alliance

Accenture is a market leader in digital transformation and innovation. Amadeus has a long history of airline process expertise and unparalleled ability in mass data management across all functions. By combining each party’s distinct strengths, a new way to address industry challenges is created.

The Accenture Amadeus Alliance seeks to transform the way airlines do business. It’s about delivering breakthrough innovative solutions for the customer’s travel experience. A more efficient, integrated approach to technology coupled with the right strategy allows airlines to tailor their products truly to each individual passenger needs. The revenue increases provide one benefit, but the overarching results are increasing customer engagement, retention and satisfaction via the complete, connected travel experience consumers demand.