Travel tech startup community strengthened
Tune Labs in partnership with Amadeus ‘Next’
Serial entrepreneurs Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Datuk Kamarudin Meranun and Lim Kian Onn, founders of Tune Group, to offer invaluable customer insight and expertise to the Amadeus ‘Next’ startup community through Tune Labs.
Bangkok, Thailand | As a travel technology startup and ultimately the ‘new kid on the block’, there can be a variety of hurdles to success. Gaining access to customers to validate a solution, or having the experience and knowledge of existing market leaders, can be a challenge.
Choosing not to test is akin to submitting to the luck of the draw.
This is where Amadeus Next comes in, collaborating across the travel tech industry to open doors for startups.
Both companies have a common goal in mind; to boost the travel tech startup scene in Asia Pacific.
On 9 March 2016, Amadeus announces its latest Amadeus Next partnership with Tune Labs, the incubator and accelerator programme of Tune Group, whose founders have brought to market businesses such as AirAsia, Tune Hotels, Tune Insurance and Tune Money.
Both companies have a common goal in mind; to boost the travel tech startup scene in Asia Pacific. By creating a community of like-minded partners, passionate about driving travel tech innovation forward, Amadeus Next can benefit not only startups, but also the broader industry and the traveller.
Amadeus Next allows startups to develop new ideas and scale their businesses by leveraging technology, expertise, reach and funding. Having partners such as Tune Labs on board means members of the Amadeus Next community can also benefit from access to customers and their much-needed validation, allowing startups to quickly prove their model or solution.
Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia and Co-founder of Tune Labs commented, “We are seeing a lot of startup talent in this region but many of them do not have the support and opportunities that their Western counterparts are getting. By collaborating with Amadeus, an equally enthusiastic partner, we can unleash the full potential of entrepreneurs in our region, allowing them to innovate, disrupt and achieve growth.”
Albert Pozo, President of Amadeus Asia Pacific says, “Startups often disrupt the status quo by challenging and pushing technology to new frontiers. They play a significant role in shaping the future of travel and how we can evolve services and offerings to travellers. Partnering with Tune Labs is a huge milestone for Amadeus Next as we continue to build the leading travel tech startup community in Asia Pacific.”
Additionally, Amadeus Next is working with partners such as Hubba Thailand, MaGIC (Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre), E27, TravHQ and Jungle Ventures. These partnerships are integral to Amadeus Next’s aim of developing a collaborative travel startup community in Asia Pacific.
Amadeus Next is not just another corporate startup programme, incubator or accelerator, its aim is to build and foster the leading travel tech startup community in Asia Pacific. Amadeus Next mentors, nurtures and partners with startups in Asia Pacific to take them to the Next level on their journey to scale into awesome companies. Amadeus Next also builds an ecosystem of likeminded partners and organisations that are equally as excited about travel tech.
Tune Labs is a Kuala Lumpur-based start-up incubator and accelerator program that seeks to identify, mentor and fund entrepreneurs across ASEAN.
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