Brazilian Travel Startup to Call Catalyst Home During Virtual Incubator Program
Biz Airlines, a Brazilian travel startup, will call Catalyst its home this Spring while participating in a virtual travel, tourism, and hospitality program, Travel Startups Incubator.
“We are excited to be launching our travel startup at Catalyst in Orlando,” said Bruno Santiago, the founder and CEO of Biz Airlines. “We looked at New York City and San Francisco and Orlando by far had the best combination of affordability, a growing tech scene, and travel and tourism as the driving economic force of the city.” Biz Airlines develops airline routing technology that mixes and matches private jets, commercial airlines, and airport transfers for the most efficient and least expensive executive travel.
The startup will receive a $25,000 cash investment from Travel Startups Incubator, as well as strategic advice and mentorship from travel industry executives such as Scott Alvis (Amadeus), Mahendra Yadav (Tavisca), and Joe Hyman (Vizergy).
“Even though we are a virtual and global travel technology investment platform, we advised Biz Airlines to move from Brazil to launch their startup at Catalyst in Orlando,” said Matt Zito, CEO and founder of Travel Startup Incubator. “Orlando is the #1 destination in the USA for domestic travelers, and a top ten international destination for foreign travelers. We look forward to expanding our relationship with Catalyst and helping grow the travel startup scene in Orlando.”
“We’re excited to have a second accelerator presence at Catalyst,” said Catalyst and VentureScaleUp founder Dennis Pape. “Not only are there synergies in programming and resources that both accelerators can leverage, but also the startups themselves can learn from each other. I am looking forward to the interactions our VentureScaleUp cohort will have with Biz Airlines.