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March/April 2019

BTS 2018: Launchpad applications open

David Chapple, Business Travel Show event director, and Gili Lichtman, co-founder and VP of sales at Fairfly

As registration opens for the Business Travel Show, which takes place from February 21-22, 2018 at Olympia London, the event’s organisers are calling on business travel start-ups to apply for a free stand as part of its Launchpad initiative.

This year, Launchpad will again host up to 15 start-ups, allowing them to showcase their services to the event’s thousands of attendees. The initiative launched in 2016 and invites businesses three years old and younger to benefit from a free stand at the show, marketing support and an entry into the Business Travel Disrupt Award, the winner of which receives a full-sized exhibition stand worth £8,000 at the following year’s event.

Last year’s Launchpad winner Fairfly automatically tracks company flights to discover opportunities for savings, including after ticket purchase. Fairfly will return to the 2018 edition of the Business Travel Show to exhibit its services.

“Being able to showcase our solution to the audience at the Business Travel Show was an amazing experience for us, which gave us exposure to a high-calibre audience,” said Gili Lichtman, co-founder and VP of sales at Fairfly. “Winning the Disrupt Award on top of this was fantastic, as it increased our exposure even further. I would encourage all business travel start-ups to apply for this one-of-a-kind opportunity.”

David Chapple, event director of the Business Travel Show, added: “Since its launch in 2016, Launchpad has become one of the most exciting elements of the Business Travel Show. It’s an amazing opportunity for start-ups to gain exposure among the travel industry’s top names. Buyers attending the show value the opportunity to be the first to hear about game-changing new technologies.”

To apply for a free stand in Launchpad, businesses must be three years old or younger. Download and complete the entry form at and return it to Sundeep Manku at by December 1, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by January 12, 2018.

To register to attend the Business Travel Show, visit

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