Airline & Travel Payments Summit Pitching Contest - Ai Events Virtual Lions Den ATPS

Date: 20 May 2020    Location: Online & Worldwide    Delegates: 100+





ATPS Edition - 20 May 2020, 10am Eastern Time/4pm European Time 

With many executives facing travel restrictions and because
Airline & Travel Payments Summit has been postponed,
we thought that we'd bring you the best part of that event-

The Virtual Lions' Den will feature innovative companies
pitching the latest Payment and Fraud-related solutions
to our esteemed panel  of "Lions" (judges), all of whom have
extensive Payment Industry experience.

Registration is free-of-charge. If you register and miss on the day,
you will be sent the recording of this session.

 Photo: Lions Den Judges and winner at Ancillary Merchandising Conference 2018


If you are interested in pitching your business/product, CLICK HERE
 to contact us and receive more information about this Lions' Den.



Photo: Lions Den Pitchers at the Airline & Travel Payments Summit 2018

STOP THE PRESS: We are seeking more pitching companies. To register your interest to pitch in this Lions' Den,
click here.

This Virtual Lions' Den, co-hosted with UATP, is the place to see some of the latest solutions to enable airlines and travel companies to generate cost savings as related to Payment Acceptance and Fraud Prevention.

This fast-paced session, taking place at 10am Eastern/4pm European Time on Wednesday, May 20th, will have have 3 to 4 innovative companies pitching their Payments & Fraud-related solutions for 5 minutes each to our esteemed panel of "Lions" (judges), all of whom have extensive Payment experience. The pitching companies will then face 5 minutes of questioning by the Lions. At the end of the pitches, the Lions will choose the Best Pitch and the Best Product of the day.

Join this session if you want to see some of the latest Payment and Fraud-related innovations pitched in a fun format and scroll down to see the complete webinar program.

Registration is free-of-charge. If you register and miss on the day, you will be sent the recording of this session.

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020
10.00 - 11.00am Eastern Time

Our Ringmaster
Wendy Ward
is Senior Vice-President of Marketing & Communications at Universal Air Travel Plan (UATP) where she provides leadership and support to team members to develop integrated global marketing initiatives. As the the head of marketing for the company which launched the world’s first charge card and launched alternative forms of payment in many airlines, Wendy also brings deep payment industry experience to this session.

Wendy invited the following companies to pitch in the Lions Den, as well as the following executives with extensive Payments or VC backgrounds to judge this contest:

Lion #1
Madeleine Anderson has been the Executive Chair of Ai Events' conferences in 2019 and 2020. She ran British Airways' Executive Club and has done work for many other airlines from to Emirates, as well as for hotel brands and retailers, including launching their co-branded credit cards. She brings to this Lions Den decades of experience selecting vendors for airlines and travel companies.

Lion #2
Laurie Gablehouse is the Global Head of Travel Solutions at Ingenico ePayments, responsible for  
global strategy and payment solutions for airlines, hospitality, OTA's & other travel related services.
Laurie worked for 27 years in eCommerce at Continental Airlines, later working after its merger in
United Airlines as a Consultant. Her consulting then went on to include work for many major airlines
and technology providers in the airline space, particularly in areas related to payments &
fraud prevention.

Lion #3
Máire P. Walsh is SVP Digital Technologies of Enterprise Ireland, the VC arm of the Irish Government, which was ranked by PitchBook as the number one seed stage investor in Europe and number two globally. Prior Máire worked leading digital marketing for several companies in the Bay Area.

Lion #4
Zach Ornelas
leads UATP's Network Sales department as VP of Global Network Sales. In this role, he is responsible for the promotion and expansion of UATP’s Charge Card Network, along with managing new and existing Shareholder and Merchant relationships. Zach has 20 years of payments experience with companies including American Express, MSTS and Point to Point


Pitching Company #1:

We are seeking more pitching companies. To register your interest to pitch in this Lions Den,
click here.

Photo: Panel at a 2019 ATPS event

Airline & Travel Payments Summit, Montreal, 9th-11th November 2020, Montreal: A new decade is already with us and the pace of innovation and change that has already taken place for airline & travel payments will surely continue to accelerate. The FinTech revolution is only just begining to take aim at travel, and this year's ATPS will bring what's happening in this area front and centre, so that the industry can take advantage and get ahead during these turbulent times. From cost savings to better customer experience and biometrics to artificial intelligence, it is likely that no area of the travel payments ecosystem will be left untouched. FinTech @ ATPS is the place not only to connect with ATPS' typical great content and great contacts, but also to be challenged with new ideas and to see around the corner of what's up next in payments and fraud prevention.

Click here to find out more about the 2020 Airline & Travel Payments Summit in Montreal.

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