Hospitality Innovation Hub Incubator

Hospitality Innovation Hub Incubator

The Home for Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism Innovators

What is a start-up incubator?

Business incubators are facilities that provide shared resources for start-up companies and individual entrepreneurs to develop their business by providing a full- scale range of services starting with management assistance, office space, mentorship and ending with venture capital financing. HI Hub Incubator offers information and training on how to form and manage start-ups; conducts statistical research; provides a referral service; and publishes a newsletter, mentorship assistance, various reports and a state of the hospitality technology industry analysis.

HI Hub Incubator’s mission is to provide all NYU affiliated start-up businesses  and young entrepreneurs with four core services.

Core services:

  • Plan your Business: Turn your great idea into a great business plan
  • Launch your Business: Turn your business plan into a reality (register, file, and start doing business)
  • Manage your Business: Master day-to-day operations and prepare for success
  • Grow your Business: Find new funding, locations, and customers when business is good and it's time to expand.

Additional services:

  • Help with business basics
  • Networking activities
  • Marketing assistance
  • Market research
  • High-speed Internet access
  • Help with accounting/financial management
  • Help with presentation skills
  • Links to all NYU resources
  • Links to strategic industry partners  
  • Access to angel investors and/or venture capital  
  • Comprehensive business training programs
  • Mentors and Advisory Boards
  • Help with management team identification
  • Help with business etiquette  
  • Technology commercialization assistance and more...

START-UPS

NYU affiliated start-up founders who have an active MVP in the travel, tourism, or hospitality industries can apply to join our incubator program free of charge.
 

INDUSTRY PARTNERS

The NYU Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality is extremely well-connected with the industry. Leading hospitality technology industry travel companies partner with the HI Hub Incubator Voyager to help them implement innovative and competitive solutions for multiple purposes including product development, marketing, M&A, tech talent recruiting, and more.

Getting started as an industry partner is easy and is free of charge.

Please contact us today if you are interested in becoming a partner.
 

MENTORS & INVESTORS

Travel industry experts and start-up specialists who seek to support the development of travel, tourism, and hospitality solutions can easily join our network and have the opportunity to get in front of the most promising NYU affiliated new start-ups in the travel technology sphere.

Network with leaders in the hospitality, travel, and tourism industries from NYC and around the world.

HI Hub mentors provide incubator members with the unique experience, guidance, and inspiration of top thought leaders.

We are always looking for more mentors in our network. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us!

Mentors & Investors

Murat Aktiganoglu

Murat Aktiganoglu
Investor & Co Founder
Era

Eric Altschul

Eric Altschul
CEO
Etherio Group

Buddy Altus

Buddy Altus
Independent Consultant

Justin Anderson

Justin Anderson
Associate Director
Solidea Capital

Berrin Avcilar

Berrin Avcilar
Strategy and Business Modelling Consultant

Alex Aydin

Alex Aydin
CEO
BookingPal

Natalia Bayona

Natalia Bayona
Director of the Innovation, Education and Investments Department
World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Peggy Bianco

Eddie Bergman
President
Innovative Development Services (IDS)

Peggy Bianco

Peggy Bianco
Head of Business Development, Travel & Hospitality
CLEAR

Stephanie Cheung

Stephanie Cheung
Director, Strategy & Insights
Marketing Challenges International, Inc

Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen
Advisor
Metaverse and Hospitality XR



Elizabeth Haas Edersheim
Sal Esposito

Sal Esposito
CEO
SkyAuction

David Falter

David Falter
Managing Partner
Acorn Growth Partners

Tariq Farid

Tariq Farid
Founder & CEO
Edible Brands

Flo Lugli

Flo Lugli
Principal
Navesink Advisory Group, LLC

Asi Ginio

Asi Ginio
Investor & Co Founder
Ginio Investor Group

Grant Guinn

Grant Guinn
Managing Partner
GL8 Hospitality, LLC

Erik Hastings

Erik Hastings
Founder & Managing Director
Erik The Travel Guy

Greeley Koch

Greeley Koch
Managing Director
490 Consulting

Kunal Lunawat

Kunal Lunawat
Co Founder & Managing Partner
Agya Ventures

David Millili

David Millili
Advisor
Hospitality

Scott Patterson

Scott Patterson
CEO
The Knox Group

Dave Pavelko

Dave Pavelko
Global Travel Bus.Dev.
Google

Dermot Quigley

Dermot Quigley
CEO & Founder
Hotel Trader

Gene Quinn

Gene Quinn
Co Founder & Board Chair
TravelScrum

Douglas Rice

Douglas Rice
Managing Director
Hospitality Technology Network, LLC

George Roukas

George Roukas
Partner
Hudson Crossing

Jason Shames

Jason Shames
CEO & Founder
Skipper Hospitality

Chinmai Sharma

Chinmai Sharma
President, Americas
RateGain

Ronen Stauber

Hansini Sharma
Practice Lead - Corporate Travel
Acquis Consulting Group

Ronen Stauber

Ronen Stauber
Managing Director
Jenro Capital

Elizabeth Topazio

Elizabeth Topazio
President and CLO
Travel, Hospitality & Corporate Trade
Active International

Ronn Torossian

Ronn Torossian
CEO
5WPR

John Williams

John Williams
President
American Guest

Ron Yariv

Ron Yariv
International Entrepreneurship / YARIV @ Hospitality Flavor

Dan Wacksman

Dan Wacksman
Principal
Sassato LLC

Spring 2022 CoHort

ArtForm is founded by Danielle Shubsda, Katrina Chan, and McKenna Woodlan. Born in Professor Garland’s Entrepreneurship & Business Development Class, ArtForm is an easy-to-use platform, both a website and an app, for event planners and entertainment artists with 24/7 customer service support. Throughout our verification process, we eliminate the need for artists to have an advocate and open artists' eyes to unique performance opportunities. We also enable event planners to gain access to a variety of performers who are affordable, accessible, and high quality. Focusing on corporate, social, and personal events, ArtForm is the Bumble for connecting event planners and entertainers.

ArtForm: An app startup for event entertainment booking helping to connect performing artists and event planners

ArtForm logo

Camp Snack is a service that helps plan your camping trip and provides hassle-free pre-packaged and tailored meals to accompany the incredible experience. Camp Snack clients choose from a menu matrix their preferred meals per day. The meal packages get delivered to their preferred location. The client heats the meal according to CS instructions and enjoys the meal. Once done, the client returns the used equipment. Fantastic food to pair the perfect surrounding. Easy to plan. Ready to order. Camping made simple.

CAMP SNACK helps you plan your trip and provides hassle-free pre-packaged and tailored meals to accompany the incredible trip experience.

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Chixa is a ready-to-drink (RTD) tepache cocktail made with all-natural ingredients, Mexican rum, and prebiotics. Our teach cocktails sit at the rapidly growing intersection of functional beverages, RTDs, hand-crafted rums, and culturally inspired drinks. Chixa is a low-ABV and low sugar cocktail offering all-natural ingredients without sacrificing taste. Health-conscious drinkers can enjoy a good time without sacrificing taste or feeling guilty about what they put into their bodies.

Chixa Inc.: A startup dedicated to the production and sales of ready-to-drink tepache cocktails.

Chixa - Tepache Cocktails

Go Gig is a service that brings the gig economy to the hospitality industry by connecting hotels with verified and trained housekeepers. Our service was developed with the purpose of addressing the labor shortage in the hospitality industry and creating more favorable working conditions for employees. It provides individuals with direct control over their pay, schedule, and work setting, while also providing them with an option to receive the benefits of a full-time position. Simultaneously, our service provides hotels with a network of independent on-demand workers to contract with on an as needed basis without the hassle or cost of hiring and maintaining full-time employees. Go Gig matches trained housekeepers with open hotel gigs... on your schedule.

Go Gig: A startup aimed at connecting hotels with verified gig workers and offering convenient services for both parties.

GoGig - On Your Schedule

The Local Hotel is a mid-upscale hotel that offers middle income millennials and gen-z interested in cultural tourism and beach vacation with an authentic local experience while being environmentally conscious.

The Local Hotel

Fall 2021 CoHort

Dinesurf helps diners in Nigeria and across Africa to discover, research and make reservations at restaurants in their city based on real-time data. We also provide restaurants with reservation and guest management tools to help improve their guest experiences, increase ROI and optimize their processes to reduce overhead costs.

HI Hub Incubator Program Finalist Martins Udotai Tells Us about His Startup, Dinesurf.

Dinesurf logo

Hotel+ is a subscription based program where users have unlimited access to select hotels during the day.  Members can book hotel rooms for 6 hours and benefit from unlimited access to hotel amenities like gyms, business centers and gain discounts in room rates and the hotel restaurant. Forget long waits at coffee shops and lounges at airports.  Instead users can book hotel rooms to have a place to rest, work, eat at your favourite restaurant, and work a sweat at the gym.

Hotel+ is one of the finalists in the HI Hub Incubator Program. Bernardo Zorrilla, founder, tells us more about the business.

Hotel+ logo

Autonomous micro-retail for ramen - reinventing authentic gourmet ramen dining. All delivered within 45 seconds.

HI Hub Incubator Program Finalist Daniel Liu Tells Us about His Startup, Kenta Ramen.

Kenta Ramen logo

Our Vintage Earth creates and curates experiences for the environmentally nostalgic, with a goal of reviving cultures and the natural environment. Our clients will be able to book ethical ecotourism, gastro-tourism, agro-tourism, and arts and cultural excursions through our website. Each purchase will help implement technology and processes to benefit the ecosystem and communities involved in the project. Through education, regenerative practices, and community-based activities, we are creating a tourism space that will benefit our planet.

Our Vintage Earth is one of the finalists in the HI Hub Incubator Program. Yasmin Yusuff, founder, tells us more about the business.

Our Vintage Earth logo

Swagger is a new sports prediction platform with a unique, points-based format that empowers all sports fans, regardless of skill level and experience, to predict live sports outcomes with confidence in their ability to win based simply on their love of sports. Currently, Swagger is in-market with a free-to-play sports prediction game, featuring sports memorabilia prizes, that's an ideal fan engagement platform. Shortly, we will be launching a real-money Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) game that provides sports fans with a fun, low-risk, and friendly way to engage with their favorite sports.  It is estimated that the DFS and the legal sports wagering markets will be $140B by 2025.

HI Hub Incubator Program Finalist Ranel Castro Tells Us about His Startup, Swagger Gaming, Inc.

Swagger logo

Urban|Safe’s mission starts with sustainability. In a world where environmental concerns are gaining an increasingly critical importance, making tourism sustainable has become one of the most critical goals for the hospitality industry. With that in mind, Urban|Safe aims to make shared-ride bike transportation a more viable option both for visitors and locals who also travel as tourists. In doing so, Urban|Safe focuses on one of the bottlenecks in using these services: the risk associated with riding a bike on the road and the high cost or lack of insurance coverage for minor injuries resulting from bicycle accidents. Since shared-ride bikes are becoming more popular among visitors, by mitigating the perception of risk through minor injury protection at an extremely affordable cost, Urban|Safe removes a mental roadblock for potential users and increases the attractiveness of a destination wherever it is available.

Urban|Safe is one of the finalists in the HI Hub Incubator Program. Founders Anjie "Jeff" Dong, Alp Ozaman, and Burkay Alpyildiztells us more about the business.

Urban Safe logo

Upcoming Events

Coming soon

Past Events

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May 17, 2022

Pitch Day 2022

Zoom Meeting and HI HUB
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April 28, 2022

Playbook to start and scale a start up

Zoom
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March 10, 2022

Hospitality Industry and the Metaverse

Zoom
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December 16, 2021

Pitch Day

Zoom Meeting
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November 30, 2021

Virtual Round Table Conversation - Mr. Tariq Farid , Founder & CEO of Edible Brands - Moderated by Dr. Richie Karaburun

Online Via Zoom
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October 5, 2021

Master Class

HI HUB Incubator at 7 E12th Street, NY and/or via Zoom

Sign up to become an incubator member:

Application: Please carefully read the questions in the APPLICATION FORM prior to filling in your answers. You can start your application now, and return (on this computer/browser) to complete it later. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. A maximum of five teams will ultimately be invited to participate in the program.

Application Due Date: September 23, 2022 11:59 pm - Put a reminder in your calendar now!

Contact Us

NYU School of Professional Studies
Jonathan M. Tisch Center of  Hospitality

7 East 12th Street, Suite 723 C
New York, New York 10003

Email: HIHubIncubator@nyu.edu

Richie Karaburun

Recep "Richie" Karaburun, DPS  - aka "Dr. K"
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, HI Hub Innovation Center Incubator Program

Location Name:
Innovation Hub

Location Address:
7 E 12th Street, New York

Location Phone Number:
(212)-998-9100

Incubator Highlights

August 16, 2022
The NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality - Hospitality Innovation Hub Incubator Collaborates with Phocuswright, an Industry Leading Research and Events Firm, to Advance Entrepreneurship and Startup Success in Travel Technology
April 7, 2022
Learn More About the Spring 2022 HI Hub Incubator Contest
March 16, 2022
Chixa Inc.: A startup dedicated to the production and sales of ready-to-drink tepache cocktails
March 16, 2022
ArtForm: An app startup for event entertainment booking helping to connect performing artists and event planners
March 16, 2022
Go Gig: A startup aimed at connecting hotels with verified gig workers and offering convenient services for both parties
March 8, 2022
HI Hub Incubator Program Finalist: Sara Miranda and her business, “Camp Snack”
August 16, 2022
The NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality - Hospitality Innovation Hub Incubator Collaborates with Phocuswright, an Industry Leading Research and Events Firm, to Advance Entrepreneurship and Startup Success in Travel Technology
April 7, 2022
Learn More About the Spring 2022 HI Hub Incubator Contest
March 16, 2022
Chixa Inc.: A startup dedicated to the production and sales of ready-to-drink tepache cocktails
March 16, 2022
ArtForm: An app startup for event entertainment booking helping to connect performing artists and event planners
March 16, 2022
Go Gig: A startup aimed at connecting hotels with verified gig workers and offering convenient services for both parties
March 8, 2022
HI Hub Incubator Program Finalist: Sara Miranda and her business, “Camp Snack”