easyJet announces first start-ups to join travel tech accelerator

Through an initiative with Founders Factory, the airline plans to “catapult” the growth of five start-ups per year, starting with FLIO and LuckyTrip

easyJet is to help travel tech start-ups FLIO and LuckyTrip fly after selecting them as the first businesses to join its dedicated accelerator programme, created as part of a five-year initiative with Founders Factory.

Companies taking part in the six-month accelerator, which aims to “catapult” the growth of selected travel tech start-ups, will “receive hands-on support” from both firms – gaining access to Founders Factory’s in-house expertise and easyJet’s industry knowledge and audience reach.

In what Founders Factory has described as an “unparalleled offer”, the two firms plan to aid the growth of five travel tech start-ups per year – and will also co-create two new travel businesses per year – for the duration of the partnership.

James Millett, director of digital and marketing at easyJet, said of FLIO and LuckyTrip:

“Both companies have strong mobile first propositions in travel inspiration and airport experience that are already getting real traction with customers, have fantastic initiatives in their pipelines and passionate, talented entrepreneurs at the helm.”

Start-ups in the travel industry can join FLIO and LuckyTrip, with places for the accelerator still available. Henry Lane Fox, co-founder and CEO at Founders Factory, has said that “anyone with a great idea and brilliant team should get in touch”.

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