In March 2018, we entered into a partnership with Plug and Play Tech Centre, a global start-up innovation platform headquartered in the Silicon Valley, to identify and support relevant start-ups as they develop new products and technologies for the travel sector.
In March 2019, we announced a strategic partnership with 500 Startups.
500 Startups is a venture capital firm on a mission to discover and back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, help them create successful companies at scale, and build thriving global ecosystems. 500 is one of the most active seed stage venture capital firms in the world. Since inception in Silicon Valley, 500 Startups has invested in over 2,000 companies via 4 global funds and 14 thematic funds dedicated to either specific geographic markets or verticals. The firm's 100+ team members are located in multiple locations worldwide, with 500 Startups’ global portfolio of investments spanning over 60 countries. Notable portfolio companies include: Twilio (NYSE: TWLO), SendGrid (NASDAQ: SEND), Credit Karma, Grab, Carousell, Udemy, Kudo (acquired by Grab), Talkdesk, Makerbot (acquired by SSYS), Wildfire (acquired by GOOG), and Viki (acquired by Rakuten).