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Top 10 corporate travel startups of 2021

9 Jul 2021

Brought to you by TravelPerk, the #1 business travel platform.

Top 10 corporate travel startups of 2021

At TravelPerk our mission is to streamline corporate travel management for our users. We strive to solve challenges for business travelers, and we love to keep abreast of similar startups in the corporate travel industry! 

Below we share ten corporate travel startups who have caught our eye! These companies are using new technologies and innovative ideas to disrupt the industry and improve our travel experiences. So let’s dive in! 

1. TravelPerk

Before the pandemic hit, we were incredibly proud to be named the world’s fastest-growing SaaS company in The SaaS 1000. Our all-in-one platform aims to simplify every aspect of corporate travel. TravelPerk aims to assist travel managers in achieving new levels of travel policy compliance from business travel bookings to expense management. On average, our users save 20% on their annual travel spend and countless work hours thanks to our automated approvals system. Unlike other online travel booking tools, TravelPerk is fully integrated, so travel managers won’t need additional software to generate reports or handle expenses. Plus, our customer service teams offer real human support 24/7, 365 days a year. 

2. Timeshifter

The travel app we have all been waiting for! Timeshifter aims to help global business travelers beat jet lag for good by using the latest developments in neuroscience. Travel tech at its finest, in just two minutes, travelers can program in upcoming itineraries to receive handy notifications with easy-to-implement advice! We sat down with Timeshifter Co-Founder and CEO Mickey Beyer-Clausen in April to debunk some jet lag myths and learn more about this groundbreaking travel technology. You can watch the entire webinar here or follow this link to read Mickey’s main takeaways.

3. GetYourGuide 

Backed by a roster of impressive investors, including CitiGroup and Deutsche Bank, Berlin startup Get Your Guide is one to watch. Its straightforward booking engine allows travelers to skip the line and book activities in various destinations worldwide. Plus, whether you choose a private helicopter tour of New York City or a cruise down the Seine, all tours booked through Get Your Guide come with free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance. If you’re missing your adventurous vacations, take advantage of their great wishlist feature or check out what’s available in your local area. 

4. Crowdvision

Set up in the UK in 2011, Crowdvision is a tech company looking to revolutionize our airport experience. Using the latest video technology, Crowdvision analyzes crowd movement in real-time so that airports can manage the flow of passengers and reduce frustrating bottlenecks. From London to Tokyo, the world’s busiest airports are already using Crowdvision’s technology to improve user experience. Even as coronavirus travel restrictions lift, social distancing will continue to be vital, so we are sure this tech startup will go from strength to strength in the years to come.  

5. Lemi

Based out of Hong Kong, Lemi aims to promote small businesses and a more sustainable approach to travel. A community-based platform, Lemi’s mobile app enables people to support local spots by leaving recommendations for travelers. Users leave one review, and then Lemi gets to work putting their favorite bar or restaurant on the map! Using shout-outs on their social media, other social networks, and search engine algorithms, they help spread the word further. Currently operating in 97 different countries, Lemi provides a feel-good step towards sustainability and making your business trips more socially responsible. 

6. SafetyWing

A service provider with ambitious goals, SafetyWing was established as the world’s first international medical insurance issuer. Cleverly engineered with travelers in mind, SafetyWing removes many pain points corporate travelers experience with insurance. As well as being able to buy insurance after departure, travelers can also avail themselves of policies without a duration cap. So when issues turn that short business trip to Singapore into an extended visit, you can feel assured you will still have healthcare coverage for the duration of your stay. Available in 180 countries, SafetyWing is looking to become a one-stop shop for both global banking and insurance.  

7. Coindrum

If you travel internationally for work, you have no doubt come home with a pile of coins in your pocket on numerous occasions. Rather than collecting dust in an old jar, thanks to Coindrum, travelers can now convert their change into vouchers to spend on snacks for their flight in duty-free stores. Named best startup in travel a few years ago, keep your eyes peeled for a self-service Coindrum machine the next time you enter departures. 

8. Luggage Hero

Founded in Copenhagen in 2016, travelers can now find Luggage Hero sites in 46 major cities across Europe and North America. Based on a simple premise, Luggage Hero lets you store your bags securely for less than the cost of lunch. However, you no longer need to stretch out the last of your foreign currency to take advantage of a luggage-free last day! Users simply search for a local partner store on their website, book their spot with a credit card and drop off their gear. Plus, thanks to Luggage Hero’s security seal system and free insurance, you can enjoy your last few hours worry-free. 

9. Blacklane

Your company’s top priority is always your corporate travelers’ safety. When they arrive tired after a long-haul flight, the last thing you want is them hopping in a car rental and driving into a major city. With Blacklane, travel managers can pre-book a professional chauffeur service for their team members. Whether it’s airport transfers or a city car to drive them between meetings, you can have peace of mind knowing they have a safe ride. Plus, Blacklane users benefit from transparent pricing. All fares include one hour of free waiting time for airport pickups and 15 minutes for non-airport journeys, meaning travelers won’t rack up a bill on the meter if they get delayed.

10. Airalo

If you need to remain contactable throughout your business trip, you can’t be relying on Wi-Fi. But buying international roaming plans or seeking out a decent local SIM can be both expensive and exhausting. E-commerce startup Airalo set out to remove the pain points of keeping in touch while traveling by becoming the world’s first eSIM store. Most smartphones come with an eSIM installed, and now Airalo allows users to purchase different temporary mobile plans. Separate from your usual network, you can search by destination and pick a local provider at the click of a button.  

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