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There Can Be No Innovation Without Inspiration.

We’re on a mission to give travel industry startups a platform to showcase their innovative solutions. Air Pitch is a premier startup competition powered by Skift and the Accenture Amadeus Alliance that puts three startups in front of travel’s top executives for a 5-minute “Air Pitch” at Skift Global Forum. For startups looking to make a difference in the industry, while getting noticed by the biggest decision makers in travel, this is one competition you cannot miss.

Take Your Startup To The Next Level.

Engage

Your 2-minute video application is submitted for review by our panel of expert judges.

Collaborate

Three finalists are chosen to attend Air Pitch 2018 in front of Skift Global Forum’s audience of global travel executives in NYC.

Pitch

One grand prize winner receives consultation from Skift and the Accenture Amadeus Alliance.

Ascend

Take your startup to new heights with $5,000 and the opportunity to participate in a design sprint at the Alliance Innovation Center in Dublin!

Three Finalists Will Receive

Three finalists will travel to New York City to pitch their startup LIVE in front of Skift Global Forum’s audience of CEOs and executives from major global travel companies.

Finalists receive:

  • The chance to give a 5-minute pitch at Skift Global Forum’s 2018 kick-off party
  • Coaching from the Skift team to perfect your pitch
  • Exposure in front of a live audience of travel’s top executives and investors
  • Two tickets to Skift Global Forum*
* Travel expenses included for startups not based in NYC

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Grand Prize Winner

The startup selected as a winner of Air Pitch will be awarded a grand prize of $5,000. The winner will also participate in a design sprint at the Accenture Amadeus Alliance Innovation Center in Dublin, working side by side with the team to combine their winning solution with a client issue.

Grand Prize winner receives:

  • $5,000 prize
  • Participation in a design sprint at the Accenture Amadeus Alliance Innovation Center*
  • One-year subscription to Skift Research Reports ($2,095 value).**
* Travel expenses included. Maximum of two (2) may participate.
** Single subscriber

WE’RE LOOKING FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF DISRUPTORS IN THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY.

The Air Pitch competition will elevate US-based startups in all funding stages who are developing solutions that can solve the airline industry’s biggest problems. Sound like you? Companies looking to apply should focus on providing solutions that fit into at least one of these four categories.
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.
Rethink Airlines
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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.

Air Pitch Application

Deadline: August 17, 2018

Disclaimer: If you are selected as a finalist you consent for Skift to film and photograph you on stage, use your likeness as well as public company images (including logo, theme, branding, etc.) for the purpose of marketing Air Pitch through our newsletter, social channels, and other means of communication with the general public.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to business of the 50 United States and D.C. Void outside the U.S., in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and where prohibited by law. Contest starts at 12:00:01 AM ET on April 25, 2018 ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on 08/17/18. For full Official Rules click here. Sponsor: Accenture Digital, 500 W. Madison St, Chicago, IL 60661.

FOR MORE DETAILS ON HOW TO ENTER, VIEW THE FULL RULES AND REGULATIONS.

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.

FOR MORE DETAILS ON HOW TO ENTER, VIEW THE FULL RULES AND REGULATIONS.