TravelEZ Selected for Prestigious MassChallenge Boston 2020 Accelerator
As the flagship program, the MassChallenge Boston accelerator supports roughly 100 early-stage startups across industries and from regions around the world. Acceptance into the competitive program offers unmatched access to top experts, corporate partners, and evidence-backed programming through its culmination in October.
“For the tens of millions of Americans and seniors with disabilities or limitations, finding accessible venues and experiences ranges from challenging to impossible. This problem has strong ramifications for wheelchair users and senior citizens, and the problem is becoming more acute as the Baby Boomer population ages and experiences increasingly more mobility challenges,” says TravelEZ founder and CEO Garrett Weinstein.
Services such as Yelp and TripAdvisor do not provide a solution to this problem, and the Americans with Disabilities Act does not have the bandwidth to enforce accessibility regulations at all places at all times, leaving people with movement difficulties to do research by calling places ahead of time and relying on word-of-mouth.
TravelEZ removes the guesswork and hassle of planning by crowdsourcing, gathering, and organizing accessibility information. Over-simplifed, TravelEZ can be thought of as “Yelp for accessibility.”
Slated for launch in Boston, MA and New York City, NY this summer, TravelEZ will initially provide accessibility reviews for over 1,500 restaurants, bars, and cafes. Each accessibility review includes pictures, checklists and comments on features like entrances, spaciousness, and restrooms. TravelEZ will expand its services to include hotel reviews and will roll out in other high-profile cities in 2021.
MassChallenge will provide a robust set of resources to facilitate TravelEZ’s launch in Boston this summer. The networking, focused mentorship, and installation in Boston’s startup ecosystem all come at an opportune time to fast-track TravelEZ’s successful deployment in Boston and NYC shortly thereafter.
Garrett Weinstein, founder
address: 302 Kingsland Ave, Brooklyn NY 11222
MassChallenge is a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators. Headquartered in the United States with locations in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Switzerland, Texas, and the UK, MassChallenge is committed to strengthening the global innovation ecosystem by supporting high-potential early stage startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world. To date, more than 2,400 MassChallenge alumni have raised more than $6.2 billion in funding, generated over $3 billion in revenue, and created over 157,000 total jobs. Learn more aboutMassChallenge at masschallenge.org.
TravelEZ was founded by Garrett Weinstein after too many inaccessible experiences with his grandmother. TravelEZ gives people the accessibility information they need ahead of time so they can focus on the fun parts of exploring. TravelEZ also empowers the community by providing a platform to review community accessibility. TravelEZ is a $100k New Ventures Competition 2020 winner and MassChallenge Boston 2020 finalist.
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