The Amadeus startup universe: 18 travel tech startups to keep an eye on in 2019

Sara Pavan

Head of Innovation Partnerships, Amadeus

2019 is well underway and it’s shaping up to be a year filled with many innovation opportunities for the travel sector. Amadeus is fostering many of these opportunities through collaboration with startups.


We believe that some of the best ideas, most successful innovations, and the biggest impacts can be achieved by working together. This is why we have developed a collaborative ecosystem to support promising startups:

  • Through Amadeus Ventures, a strategic startup investment program, we are making investments in early-stage startups operating at the intersection of travel and technology. 
  • In addition, we have a global initiative to help startups scale faster. Amadeus Explore is connecting startups to Amadeus experts and customers to test, improve, and promote their solutions. 
  • Finally, Amadeus For Developers provides startups with the technology they need to convert their ideas into high potential solutions for the travel space thanks to a set of open APIs.

Amadeus has identified a list of 18 startups, members of this collaborative ecosystem, the Amadeus Startup Universe, that are bound to improve the travel experience this year. Check them out and keep an eye out for them the next time you travel: 


Connecting to over 76 frequent flyer programs, 30K helps travel providers like OTAs and metasearchers to inform their users of the exact number of miles they can earn from each flight and fare option, providing a better experience at search time and upselling opportunities at shopping time.


Applango improves productivity in call centers, applying big data techniques to analyze the behavior of agents, identify best practices and recommend actions for improvement. 


Thanks to Assaia, airports, carriers and handlers have the most accurate data on aircraft turnaround-times to conduct better planning, intervention and recovery. The AI-based software monitors existing cameras at airports and detects events during turnarounds.


Avuxi offers a worldwide location rating system, with a goal to rate the popularity of every place on Earth. It provides a map display of the best areas by chosen category, points of interest, and public transportation availability.


Betterez provides a ticketing management platform for bus and train operators around the world, helping them grow their business, manage revenue, improve operational efficiencies and provide a better passenger booking experience.


BookingPal provides property managers with a full-service marketing solution to automate operational tasks and increase revenue, offering its users a better guest experience.


Civic provides a decentralized identity platform that offers a variety of live identity verification tools. Powered by blockchain technology, Civic connect users, requesters, and validators around the world to enable reusable identity verification.


Crowdvision’s solution helps airports to optimize the passenger experience by providing real-time intelligence through automated computer vision technology, so that operations and management can make actionable, data-driven decision, and become more efficient, safer, and more profitable.


This B2B and B2C app allows users to buy the insurance product they need based both on requests and the coverage already included in their payment cards and other contracts. 


FLYR provides real-time, machine learning based systems that can simultaneously create and price any airline offer, from seats to ancillaries and bundles.


Koddi provides advanced reporting and a bid automation platform for metasearch publishers. They specialize in coordinating a hotel’s digital marketing strategy across its metasearch channels – including Google Hotel Ads, TripAdvisor, Trivago, Kayak, and Facebook.


Lumo offers a real time flight delay solution tool that enables travel providers to make better itinerary decision for their travelers and take proactive actions in case of potential last-minute delays.


MyLittleAdventure is a smart inspiration engine of things to do at a destination. It allows you to choose any city in the world, select and rank what matters most to travelers, and get the best recommendations according to their preferences.


Relay42 is a platform built for AI-driven customer journeys with real-time connectivity to all systems and touchpoints. It turns traveler data into meaningful relationships with Intelligent Journey Orchestration.


Sherpa’s platform makes the e-visa process easier to understand. It lays out everything that travelers need to know before going through customs, and ensures a much quicker e-visa issuance process, enabling travel providers to offer additional ancillary services.


Situm’s solution combines pre-existing information in the environment (such as magnetic fields, Bluetooth, WIFI) with information from smartphones to provide powerful indoor navigation capabilities.


StubHub is an online marketplace for event tickets, enabling the exchange of over 10 million live sports, music and theatre events in more than 47 countries around the world.  


Yapta’s solution provides dynamic pricing checks, ensuring the maximum value for travelers on every flight or hotel booking.   

We’re excited to be working with these ambitious startups and look forward to the new adventures they will shape for travelers around the world. 

At theinaugural T3CH event in March,we will showcase 5 outstanding start-ups relevant to the travel industry, applying new technology to solve industrial problems. They will be pitching live on stage, supported by live demos, and followed by a Q&A session with a jury of industry experts & audience participation.We will reveal the names of those start-ups shortly…Watch this space!