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A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Demo Day has come and gone but would not have been possible without the support and help from our phenomenal sponsors: Cornerstone Information Systems, International SOS, and Sabre Holdings. Each sponsor brought a lot of talent and knowledge to the program. We were pleased to see all of our sponsors represented at Demo Day. These sponsors are critical movers and shakers in the travel industry....

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Demo Day

May 10th, 2013 Doors Open/Check-in: 9:30am: Stone Age Institute Demo Day: 10:00am: Welcome 10:10am: Keynote Speaker 10:45am: RunUp Labs Demos 12:15 pm: Lunch 1:15pm: SproutBox Sprouts Demos 2:45pm: Closing Remarks 3:00pm: Dismissal   Travel Tips:   Directions to Downtown Bloomington Indiana: View directions from Indianapolis Airport via Google Maps View directions from Chicago via...

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John Samuel

John Samuel

John Samuel is the Senior Vice President of Traveler Solutions at Sabre, a team that develops products and services for today’s traveler, including the company’s trip management platform, TripCase. Additionally, John leads the Sabre Labs team that develops and incubates new and innovative business concepts for Sabre. John is a travel industry veteran and consultant, recognized for...

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Sarah Kennedy Ellis

Sarah Kennedy Ellis

Sarah brings ten years of experience in technology including six years specifically in travel as a part of one of the industry’s leading global travel technology companies, Sabre Holdings. After five years in a variety of strategy & product marketing roles, Sarah was named head of Sabre’s dedicated new product incubator, Sabre Labs, in early 2012. Today, her team of engineers,...

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Jason Oshiokpekhai

Jason Oshiokpekhai

Jason Oshiokpekhai was named the Manager, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships in 2012. In this new role, he is responsible for building the strategic vision and partnerships with high growth Entrepreneurs, Startups and Accelerators – under the newly created Innovator’s Strategy. A steadfast and passionate supporter of entrepreneurs, he is widely considered an “intra-prenuer”...

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Application Deadline Extended to February 1st!

Afraid you missed the deadline to be part of the first class of RunUp Labs? Don’t worry, you now have more time! We’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and support of our mentors, who are the real power behind the program. So many new mentors have joined the team that we want to make sure they have a chance to refer all of the great travel companies in their networks. In order to give...

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Tom Botts

Tom Botts

Tom Botts joined Denihan in December 2012 in the newly created role of EVP, Chief Customer Officer. He is responsible for developing and executing all strategy that drives customer acquisition, retention and profitability. Tom leads the brand management, marketing, sales, revenue management and business intelligence functions for Denihan across all of its brands. Following an early career with...

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Brian Harniman

Brian Harniman

Brian Harniman has over 15 years of experience leading innovation in online travel. He currently serves as the EVP of Product Development and Marketing for Hickory Global Partners, a subsidiary of Intravel.  In this role, he oversees all supplier relationships, sales and marketing. Before joining Intravel/Hickory Global Partners, Mr. Harniman served as Executive Vice President of Marketing and...

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Tim Daniel

Tim Daniel

Tim Daniel is a senior executive with more than 20 years of experience in general management relating to technology, professional service and product development initiatives that generate revenue and increase profitability for global companies. Tim is currently an Executive Vice President for International SOS, the world’s most comprehensive, 24-hour medical and security...

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Welcome New Mentors!

The enthusiasm around RunUp Labs continues to grow. We have had quite the response from the initial announcement and are happy to welcome some new mentors to the team. Valyn Perini has over 15 years of experience in hospitality and travel operations, sales and marketing, systems, consulting, and software development. Before her current role as CEO of OpenTravel, Perini worked with...

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Sameer Bhalla

Sameer Bhalla

Sameer joined TCV as an Associate in 2011 and focuses primarily on internet investments. Prior to TCV, Sameer was an analyst in the Technology Investment Banking Group at Morgan Stanley in New York City. While at Morgan Stanley, he worked with companies in the internet, software, and communications equipment sectors on a variety of transactions including public equity offerings, debt offerings,...

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Nadav Gur

Nadav Gur

Nadav Gur is a serial entrepreneur and a mobile applications pioneer. Nadav was the founder and CEO of WorldMate (acquired by Carlson Wagonlit), which he founded and led for over 10 years, growing it from an early mobile application leader to the world’s biggest mobile travel service. A native of Israel, Nadav currently resides in Silicon Valley, where he runs Desti – a disruptive travel...

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