Accenture Interactive, Marriott International, and 1776 , a global incubator and network for startups, have announced the launch of the Travel Experience Incubator.

As the name suggests, the program is designed to foster start-ups building technology solutions to improve the travel experience.

Startups are invited to immediately apply to The Travel Experience Incubator Challenge. Selected startups will be invited to participate in The Travel Experience Incubator, a three-month, travel industry focused program with opportunities for paid piloting and investment at the program’s conclusion. The incubator will kick off in September 2017 at 1776’s Crystal City Campus in Arlington, Virginia.

The selected participants will receive a dedicated curriculum, drawing on the hospitality expertise of Marriott leadership, Accenture experts and the 1776 global mentor network. Through the program, startups will develop, validate, and test travel solutions using data and technology.

“Now, more than ever, people want their travel to be tailored, hyper-personalised and connected,” said Julie Sweet, Accenture’s CEO – North America.

“As the official Travel Experience Incubator partner with Marriott, we are uniquely positioned to collaborate and scale innovation across the startup community to create new experiences for travelers.”

The selected startups will have access to mentoring from the Marriott and Accenture’s hospitality experts. Accenture will provide resources focused on human-centered design and digital technologies, as well as proprietary tools to help accelerate and scale real-time solutions.

“We see The Travel Experience Incubator as a terrific opportunity to fuel promising startups focused on game-changing innovation for the lodging industry. We look forward to collaborating with these independent visionaries to reveal new business opportunities and enhanced guest experiences,” said Stephanie Linnartz, Global Chief Commercial Officer, Marriott International.

“Continuously innovating the guest experience from design to technology is a centerpiece of Marriott’s culture and competitive advantage.”

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