• Panasonic Avionics partners with Plug and Play Tech Center to help select and guide the best of breed startups in the Travel & Hospitality space.

Sunnyvale, CA | August 30, 2016– Plug and Play, a leading startup accelerator based in Silicon Valley, today announced new collaboration with Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), the worldwide leader in inflight entertainment and communications. As an anchor member of Plug and Play Travel & Hospitality, Panasonic will help select the most promising startups working on the next generation of travel & hospitality products and services.

Plug and Play Travel & Hospitality is on a mission to discover, support, and scale technologies that are defining the future of travel and hospitality. Using Panasonic Avionic’s extensive travel experience, Plug and Play will accept 20-30 startups in each of its two Travel & Hospitality classes of 2016. Startups accepted into the three-month program will receive mentor opportunities with leaders in the travel & hospitality space across all verticals including hotels, airlines, online travel agencies, cruise lines, and global distribution systems.

Chris Lundquist, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Business Development and OEM Management at Panasonic Avionics said, “At Panasonic Avionics, we are constantly looking for new ways in which we can improve the passenger experience. Being part of this strategic venture with Plug and Play will help us quickly identify new opportunities to bring future innovations to the travel experience.”

“Our mission is to source innovative technologies that will complement Panasonic Avionics’ existing products and services as they relate to IFE. Ultimately Panasonic’s market reach gives them a huge influence over the passenger experience on almost every commercial aircraft around the world. We hope to play a positive role in enhancing their offering and strengthening their position as a market leader in the IFE space.” said Amir Amidi, Managing Partner and Director of the Travel & Hospitality Vertical.