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Trekkable is Driving Their Business Forward!

We are very excited for one of the companies that participated in the inaugural class of RunUp Labs. Trekkable has been pounding the pavement to record trek-ratings in San Francisco, New York, and Chicago. They have over 70 hotel ratings and are compiling all of this content into a working prototype. They have also discovered some huge opportunities as they dove into research regarding laws and...

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International SOS Helps Kick Off First Session

On June 16th we kicked off our first session with WorldWinger. Tim Daniel from International SOS helped kick off the first RunUp Labs session. This is Tim’s second year with the program as a mentor. The knowledge and expertise Tim brings to the program is very valuable. Along with his experience, Tim represents International SOS, which is also a sponsor of RunUp Labs. International SOS provides...

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Applications Close February 28th!

Only a few days left to submit your application for the 2014 RunUp Labs class. RunUp Labs has updated the program for this year’s class and have brought some new faces to the program. Will your travel startup be just what the program needs? RunUp Labs will only accept up to five companies for their 2014 class. The program runs 12 weeks, starting in May and ending in August. Participants and...

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RunUp Labs Teams up with the Rackspace Startup Program!

We are pleased to announce RunUp Labs has joined the Rackspace Startup Program. This is great news for all companies who participate in our accelerator program. Rackspace was a startup themselves just a couple of years ago, so they understand the obstacles startups face. Rackspace is committed to helping entrepreneurs grow their companies and succeed. Startups participating in RunUp Labs will...

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RunUp Labs Prepares for Next Class

Have you applied for our next class of RunUp Labs? Our 2014 program opened applications in October of 2013 and will close applications at the end of February. We will be accepting up to seven travel tech startups that will shake up how we move from place to place and spend our time away from home. The group of Mentors joining our 2014 program are top notch and have great experience and knowledge...

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PathWrangler Announces Partnership with Adventure Travel Trade Association

Congratulations to our mentor, Doug Heinz and his company PathWrangler! PathWrangler recently announced their partnership with the Adventure Travel Trade Association. PathWrangler eases the pain and makes adventure travel planning easy. PathWrangler’s software allows users to create and host files they use when organizing trips. Trip leaders are able to create and share information for...

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RunUp Labs Sponsors Workshop at PhoCusWright Conference

We are thrilled to announce we are sponsoring a workshop at this year’s PhoCusWright Conference. PhoCusWright is the top travel technology conference in the industry. PhoCusWright takes places November 19-21.  With over 1,000 attendees expected for the conference, this is a great opportunity for attendees to learn more about our travel technology accelerator program. Conference attendees...

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Applications are Open!

We are thrilled to announce applications are open for our next class! Applications close on February 28th at midnight. We are looking to select up to seven travel tech startups who will disrupt the way we move from place to place. Mentors such as Valyn Perini of Open Travel, RP and Sanjay Rama of JHM Hotels, and Kristian Andersen of KA+A will all be back on board, along with most of the...

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First Class Showcase: Peoplocity

The next showcased RunUp Labs graduate is: Have you ever been to a restaurant and the service was terrible? Or how many times has your flight been delayed, the airline lost your luggage, or your whole experience with the airline was just terrible? Where do you turn when you encounter these issues? Most times people turn to social media to bash these companies. The issue with complaining on...

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Trekkable Makes Travel Easier for People with Disabilities

Traveling can sometimes be one of the biggest hassles. Imagine if every time you did travel your hotel room wasn’t easily accessible for you. This problem happens all the time, especially for those with disabilities. One of our companies from our inaugural class is building a Hotel Search Tool for people with disabilities called Trekkable. Trekkable incorporates an unique rating system called...

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PathWrangler’s New Partnership Helps Tour Operators

A new partnership between travel startup PathWrangler and Indianapolis based tech startup Formstack is a game changer for Tour Operators. RunUp Labs Mentor, Doug Heinz is the CEO and Co-Founder of PathWrangler. PathWrangler is a platform for creating, planning, managing and sharing stories about you trips. Their clients consists of tour operators, guides, educational institutions, schools, clubs,...

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First Class Showcase: Evacua

It has almost been 3 months since our first class graduated. Over the 10 week program, we watched as each idea became a viable product. The entrepreneurs learned so much and were able to grow. It was amazing to see how far they had come from day one. In the time after Demo Day, each one of the companies have continued with their plan to shake up the way we travel. Over the next couple of weeks,...

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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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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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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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Cornerstone and SproutBox Launch New Travel Technology Accelerator

(Bloomington, IN– November 9, 2012) Travel technology company, Cornerstone Information Systems, and venture capital firm, Sproutbox, announced a new partnership that will focus on the identification of the next great travel technology. The centerpiece of the partnership is the creation of a travel technology accelerator called RunUp Labs. RunUp Labs will execute a mentor program to provide...

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