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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 

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NEW YORK, August 16, 2022 – The NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality's recently launched Hospitality Innovation Hub Incubator is collaborating with Phocuswright, the world’s leading travel industry research authority, to advance innovation, guidance, and entrepreneurship for students, startups, and the University community.

As the principal authority in travel, tourism, and hospitality market research and events, Phocuswright will provide the HI Hub Incubator and students of the Tisch Center of Hospitality with access to its full library of research reports and analysis, data visualization tools, and industry insights. In addition, students and startups will tap into Phocuswright’s vast network of travel tech leaders through its events and communities, including The Phocuswright Conference, which attracts the best and brightest travel executives, smartest investors, and innovators each November.

A major focus of the collaboration is access to Phocuswright Innovation Platform’s pitch competitions, including Summit and Global Startup Pitch. Members of HI Hub Incubator will be able to independently score and assess leading startups in travel technology, contribute as judges and find mentorship in a highly engaged community of travel leaders via small group networking opportunities such as The Startup Program, Young Leaders Summit, and more.

"I am very excited about our collaboration with Phocuswright as one of the hospitality industry's most established and leading research companies,” said Richie Karaburun, MBA, DPS, Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of the Hospitality Innovation Hub Incubator Program. “This collaboration will help the NYU Tisch Center Incubator Program and its members elevate their knowledge of market sizing and consumer trends with Phocuswright research. Plus, it gives Tisch Center Hospitality students access to independent data, research, analysis, and networking opportunities, exposing them to how executives make smart strategic planning and growth decisions.”

“Phocuswright has a long history of tracking and propelling travel startups, giving founders and the brightest ideas a platform to find solutions and investment,” said Pete Comeau, managing director, Phocuswright. “With this collaboration, Phocuswright hopes to introduce students and startups to this lively community of peers, offer guidance and training on launching companies and pitching to investors, demonstrate how to leverage research and intelligence, and offer mentorship. We’re excited to offer students exposure and experience through our resources and look forward to the next generation of startup founders coming from the Tisch Center.”

About Phocuswright
Phocuswright is the leading authority in travel, tourism, and hospitality market research, offering independent and unbiased research that gives a competitive advantage to senior executives, marketers, strategists, and research professionals around the world. Phocuswright's marketplace intelligence sets the industry standard for segmentation, sizing, forecasting, trends, analysis, and consumer travel planning behavior. Phocuswright synthesizes data into rigorous research and world-class strategic events including The Phocuswright Conference and Phocuswright Europe, and powers PhocusWire, a comprehensive daily news companion for the industry that covers, analyzes, and debates the most important industry developments.

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About the NYU School of Professionals Studies Tisch Center of Hospitality 
The NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, now 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 seek 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 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 businesses of hospitality, travel, and tourism. The Tisch Center recently launched the Hospitality Innovation Hub (HI Hub), which will foster entrepreneurship and creative solutions for the industries it serves. The state-of-the-art facilities offer students, start-ups, established industry partners, and investors opportunities to learn, discover, innovate, and invest.

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