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Looking for a place to go on your summer holiday? Travel tech startups throughout Europe can help you find your ideal destination, and plan your perfect trip. From startups uncovering Europe’s hidden gems, to social networks that allow you to connect with other travellers and document and share your travels, and trips with a medical or educational purpose, these 10 startups will surely have something for you:

itinari-logoBased in Brussels, itinari’s goal is to bring travellers to off-the-beaten-track destinations. Itinari features thousands of exclusive travel stories, written by more than 50 local European experts to unveil all the best kept travel secrets in more than 40 countries across Europe, and now available in eight languages. Articles include very niche topics like horseback riding in Kazakhstanvisiting an 8,000 year old sanctuary in Bulgaria where Thracian tribes worshipped the sun god, or discovering a Parisian pet cemetery. Additionally, itinari offers B2B solutions for travel and tourism businesses that need qualitative content to attract and satisfy customers. Founded in 2017, itinari has raised €830k over two rounds.

mapify-logoFounded in 2017 and based in Berlin, Mapify is a social platform for globetrotters, where they can find, plan, and record their travel experiences. On its website and app, travellers can upload pictures, make a map of their travels, create a bucketlist, plan their trips, and follow other travellers that share similar interests. Since launch, the startup has attracted users worldwide to share trips and spots in over 190 countries, and has already raised $1.5 million from MIT’s Sandbox Innovation Fund and private investors.

ferryhopperFerryhopper – Greece is known for its many mythic islands, and now there’s a startup that lets you easily explore them. Based in Athens, Ferryhopper works with 39 ferry companies to allow you to seamlessly book ferries and go island hopping throughout the Mediterranean, with 160 destinations across four countries – Greece, Turkey, Italy, and Spain. Aside from letting you book tickets to one or multiple destinations, Ferryhopper’s platform provides full trip information, including the length of the journey, travel tips, and descriptions of its many destinations. Founded in 2016, the startup has so far raised a round of €600k.

questo-logoLooking for a fun way to discover a new city? Download Questo, a mobile app that turns any city into an exploration game. With Questo, tourists can explore cities like London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome or Berlin by solving clues in order to discover new places and stories about them. Each quest is based on a specific theme, which can be inspired by a movie, a book, a historical fact, or a local legend. Founded in 2017 in Bucharest, the app is already available in 40 cities, and over 35,000 people have already completed “quests”. In February 2019, the startup raised a seed round from two angel investors, and we included it on our list of Romanian startups to look out for in 2019.

heal2goHeal2Go – A range of medical services from dental care to plastic surgery might be very expensive in your country, and surprisingly low cost in others, leading to the burgeoning medical tourism industry. Heal2Go is a medical tourism startup that connects you with the treatments you need in the right destinations. On its platform you can find treatments abroad, compare prices, read reviews and book appointments online for everything from dental implants to fertility treatments, sleep medicine, neurology, hip replacements, and even butt implants. Founded in 2018 and based in Amsterdam, Heal2Go has raised €119.6k to date.

tourlaneTourlane is a growing travel tech platform to help you plan your perfect holiday. Founded in 2016, the Berlin-based startup is a full service online travel agency, combining technology and data with professional travel consulting to create personalised, multi-day getaways. The company works directly with service providers to offer customers flights, accommodations, tours, activities, and transfer options all in one place, and its platform provides real-time pricing, availability, instant trip visualisation, and drag-and-drop adjustments to make multi-day trip planning easy. The startup just raised $47 million in May 2019 to spur its international growth, and we featured it as one of our German startups to watch in 2019.

bmy.guideBased in Ghimbav, Romania, bills itself as ‘the first social network for travel and tourism’. Its all-in-one social platform was created with the intention of connecting travellers with each other, and changing how they plan, book, journal, and share their trips online. Users create and share ‘postcards’ of their travels, which can range from simple photos to full photo essays, allowing other users to discover new places, and can chat with each other to get tips and suggestions from other travellers who have already been to their destination of choice. Just founded in 2018, so far most of the users are based in Romania, but the platform is gaining traction with travellers throughout Europe.

klazzKlazz wants ‘to revolutionise the mainly offline language travel industry by matching international students and domestic teachers’. Based in Berlin, Klazz’s website currently markets English language courses to Spanish, French, Italian, and German speakers traveling in London at a rate of about €60/half-day class. Klazz teachers are certified teachers and are background-checked and personally interviewed by Klazz. The startup raised $800k in an October 2018 pre-seed round, which it will use to expand to further markets and destinations.

instaroomInstaroom is a concierge platform that helps hotels to improve the customer experience and boost revenues by more quickly answering customer questions and requests. The platform offers a white-label messaging widget for hotel websites, secure payment functionality, multiple channel integrations, FAQ chatbots that automate 40% of responses, and provides statistics to help hotels optimise revenues and manage complex bookings. Instaroom was founded in 2017 and is based in Berlin.

triporateFounded in 2017, Triporate is a business travel platform based in Madrid that uses AI to plan trips efficiently, saving companies both money and time. Businesses can simply send Triporate an email specifying what they need, and the startup will respond with personalised trip proposals that follow company policies. Companies then choose the most appropriate option, and can pay for multiple trips all in one bill. The startup has raised a total of €380k across two funding rounds.



NEW YORK, May 16, 2019 – Forbes today announced that Christine Lagarde, Eva Longoria,  Norah O’Donnell, Tory Burch, Lindsey Vonn and Jennifer Garner will headline its seventh annual Forbes Women’s Summit, which will take place in New York, June 17-18, 2019.

“Leaders today are navigating a time of unprecedented challenge and change. Across industries and generations, women are catalyzing the next chapter of conversation and seizing on the window of opportunity that this moment presents,” said Moira Forbes, Executive Vice President of Forbes Media and Publisher of ForbesWomen. “The 2019 Forbes Women’s Summit will bring together a community of problem-solvers and visionaries who are rearchitecting industries, driving social progress, and using their unique platforms to create meaningful change.”

The Summit will showcase some of the world’s most recognizable and influential women who are disrupting the status quo with challenging questions and even more powerful answers to lead to transformative change.


Speakers include:    

  • Halima Aden, Model & Activist       
  • Maria Bruno, Head of U.S. Wealth Planning Research, Vanguard 
  • Tory Burch, Founder & Chief Creative Director, Tory Burch   
  • Morgan DeBaun, Founder & CEO, Blavity Inc.       
  • Jennifer Garner, Cofounder & Chief Brand Officer, Once Upon a Farm     
  • Amanda Gorman, Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of the United States      
  • Audrey Gelman, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, The Wing       
  • Arlan Hamilton, Founder & Managing Partner, Backstage Capital      
  • Charlotte Koh, Head of Digital Media & Programming, Hello Sunshine      
  • Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, IMF      
  • Lilly Ledbetter, Equal Pay Activist     
  • Aileen Lee, Founder & Managing Partner, Cowboy Ventures       
  • Eva Longoria, Actress, Producer, Director, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist     
  • Shan-Lyn Ma, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Zola       
  • Amanda Nguyen, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee & Founder, Rise
  • Norah O’Donnell, Anchor & Managing Editor, CBS EVENING NEWS; Anchor, CBS News Election Specials and 60 MINUTES Contributing Correspondent
  • Julie Rice, Co-Founder, SoulCycle & Partner, WeWork     
  • Holly Ridings, Chief Flight Director, NASA       
  • Tara Rush, SVP & Chief Communications Officer, Audi of America      
  • Katherine Ryder, Founder & CEO, Maven       
  • Tina Sharkey, Co-Founder & Co-Chairperson, Brandless       
  • Nina Shaw, Founding Partner, Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano       
  • Anastasia Soare, Founder & CEO, Anastasia Beverly Hills       
  • Lindsey Vonn, Olympic Athlete & Best-selling Author     
  • Esther Wojcicki, Educator, Journalist, & Author, How to Raise Successful People

The 2019 Forbes Women’s Summit transcends industries and generations to convene a diverse range of female luminaries from the worlds of business, media, entertainment, politics and more. Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks on the Forbes LIVE Website. See more details here.

To join the conversation on social use, #ForbesWomen.

The Forbes Women’s Summit is presented by Audi of America and The Vanguard Group. It’s supported by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In the spirit of working together to empower girls and women around the world, a portion of each ticket sold will be donated toward the Girls Scouts of Greater New York.

The Forbes Women’s Summit exemplifies the commitment of ForbesWomen to showcase women who are leading transformative change. ForbesWomen brings together the best curated content across all Forbes communities, including its premium LIVE events and dedicated social platforms. In addition, season two of “Success with Moira Forbes,” a video series featuring compelling conversations with the most notable female leaders, launches this summer. 

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