April 13, 2023

NYU SPS Tisch Center of Hospitality and Growth Advisors International Network Establish Strategic Collaboration to Accelerate Innovation in The Travel and Hospitality Sectors

New York, NY, April 13, 2023 — The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYU SPS) Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality and Growth Advisors International Network (GAIN), a leading travel and hospitality innovation and growth advisory firm, are delighted to announce a multi-year strategic collaboration with the NYU SPS Tisch Center of Hospitality and its Innovation Hub (HI Hub) Incubator Program. This international collaboration will extend to NYU's campuses in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi, with GAIN serving as an official advisory sponsor for both the NYU Tisch Center of Hospitality and the HI HUB Incubator.

Under the terms of this agreement, GAIN will deliver C-suite level, travel and hospitality-focused professional advisory services to the winner of the NYU SPS HI Hub Incubator Pitch Competition, in which NYU affiliated hospitality startups have the opportunity to develop their businesses and compete for cash prizes. Additionally, GAIN will establish a yearly internship program for eligible students from the NYU SPS Tisch Center of Hospitality.

This industry collaboration additionally presents an exciting opportunity for NYU SPS students, and their related startups, to connect with GAIN's global network of travel technology leaders through various events and ongoing mentorship programs. Furthermore, GAIN and NYU SPS will jointly develop a Master Class, combining the expertise of both organizations to deliver a specialized and impactful educational experience for NYU SPS travel and hospitality students.

Dr. Richie Karaburun, MBA, DPS, clinical assistant professor and director of the HI Hub program Incubator Program, expressed enthusiasm for the partnership: "This collaboration enables the NYU Tisch Center Incubator Program and its members to leverage the extensive industry experience and focused advisory services offered by GAIN's global network of travel and hospitality experts. It also gives NYU SPS Tisch Center Hospitality students access to valuable mentoring and networking opportunities, and real-world industry feedback delivering growth and impact."

Michael Cohen, managing partner, GAIN, shared: "We are thrilled to embark on this strategic collaboration with the NYU SPS Tisch Center of Hospitality and their Hospitality Innovation Hub incubator. This alignment exemplifies the impact and value GAIN delivers and acknowledges NYU SPS's commitment to innovation and excellence. We look forward to working with such a prestigious global academic institution to be catalysts for the development of innovative solutions in the global travel and hospitality industries by providing direct access to industry expertise and resources.”

About NYU SPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality and Its HI Hub

The NYU SPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, celebrating more than 25 years of academic excellence, is a leading center for the study of hospitality, travel, and tourism. Founded in 1995, the Tisch Center was established in response to the growing need for hospitality and tourism undergraduate and graduate education. Its cutting-edge curricula attract bright, motivated students who see to become leaders in their fields.

Through its undergraduate degree in hotel and tourism management, its graduate degrees in hospitality industry studies, tourism management, and event management, a plethora of Professional Pathways continuing education programs, and its world-renowned hospitality investment conference, students gain the knowledge and the skill sets that enable them to manage change, to communicate, to thrive in complex work environments, and to advance the business of hospitality, travel, and tourism.

The Tisch Center launched the Hospitality Innovation Hub (HI Hub), which will foster entrepreneurship and creative solutions for the industries it services. The state-of-the-art facilities offer students, start-ups, and established industry partners and opportunities to learn, discover, innovate, and invest. For more information about the NYU SPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, visit sps.nyu.edu/tisch.

About GAIN

Growth Advisors International Network – GAIN is a collective of seasoned C-suite and VP-level commercial, IT, operations, finance and marketing executives, that works closely with organizations in the travel, hospitality, and restaurant technology sector globally to drive growth, industry impact and intelligent commercial expansion.

GAIN comprises 30 associates, based across five continents and covering all core business disciplines. From technology and product development reviews, commercial strategy and brand positioning to sales leadership, go-to market strategies and funding advisory, GAIN provides a range of managed advisory services to vendors, funding organizations, travel and hospitality corporate entities and groups, and help startups and scaleups in attaining commercial momentum and the capital for their seed to series rounds and exits. To learn more about GAIN, its associates and managed services offering, please visit gainadvisors.com or follow the LinkedIn page.

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