The National Capital Region played host to the second Startup Knockdown event organised in association with FICCI. The region has largely been at the centre of India’s fast growing startup ecosystem and is home to a large number of travel startups. A platform specific to innovations in travel industry was welcomed by the travel startups and it attracted participants from all over the country. Industry experts joined them to share their experience of building successful businesses and to gauge the potential of participants.
Judges’ Choice: A train PNR predictor which employs algorithms to determine the probability of a train ticket confirming by travel date. It also allows users to discover alternate split routes if confirm seats are not available.
People’s choice: It is like the Airbnb for travel advice. A platform that connects travellers to vetted expert locals who can help them plan their long trips and provide customised itineraries and resources.
BnBNation is an aggregator platform of Bed & Breakfast (BnB) accommodations to serve both inbound and domestic tourists. Their primary strategy is to unify the bed and breakfast accommodation business for domestic and foreign tourists thus enabling them to easily search, book, pay, and review the Indian homely stay experience.
Confirmtkt is a train PNR predictor which employs algorithms to predict the likelihood of a ticket confirming. It also allows users to discover alternative route options if the possibility of confirmation is low on a route. Travellers can use Confirmtkt for searching trains PNR, verifying ticket booking status before booking railway ticket on IRCTC.
Three cousins founded Your Local Cousin, the “Airbnb for travel advice”. It connects travellers who are looking for customized travel advice with vetted locals for conversations over text, messaging and video-conference. ‘Local Cousins’ also create customized itineraries and maps. The startup has over 600 ‘Local Cousins’ in 80 countries.
CurrencyKart is an online marketplace which aims to easily connect the money changers and travellers. It enables the RBI approved dealers and international travellers to change currency at attractive prices. They also offer delivery service to ensure the process is quick and hassle free.
Bugyal is a platform that brings travel and social at one place. It enables a traveller to plan, share, book and query about a trip. It helps one record travel memories and frame itinerary by highlighting likes, tips, map-tip, attractions, activities, recommendations and details with photos.
EasyGroupBook is an online portal that aims to make hotel bookings for events easy. With a network of hotels in the system, EasyGroupBook offers event attendees and group travellers with lodging options to choose from. It provides negotiated rates per hotel class and type for participating hotels for events making it a more suitable option.
PostFridays diversify in travel segment by collating data on recreational activities that can be pursued by a traveller. It enables the consumer to choose and book instantly from a curated list of tours, activities, workshops and skill-building sessions compiled by a network of experts.
Ziphop is building upon the fast expanding sharing trend and offers an array of self-drive options for travellers in multiple cities across India. The range of vehicles on offer include motorcycles, scooters and cars so pretty much everyone is covered. The rentals are available with hourly plans offering suitable flexibility.
Sesh Seshadri, Director at Lonely Planet India; Aashish Chopra, Head Content Marketing at ixigo; Bhawna Grover, Head of Content at Goibibo and Dolly Bhasin, MD, SPH Consultancy & Eservices engaged in conversation about content marketing and how to promote small businesses on a budget. They shared insights on how to leverage new platforms and how to best tailor the marketing messages to cater to the changing audience.