AbiliTrek Launches, Makes Travel For Disabled Persons Easier

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empowering the disability community with the Ability to Trek without boundaries

Access Travel is a Bellingham-based startup that is dedicated to making travel easier for people with disabilities. On April 25, they hosted a launch party at Kombucha Town’s Culture Cafe for AbiliTrek, their hotel reservation and review service that helps people with disabilities find accessible accommodations.

By providing a platform for hotel guests to submit reviews of their accessibility experience, AbiliTrek users can make reservations with more reliable and detailed accessibility information than ever before. It’s worth noting however, that anyone who would like to support AbiliTrek’s mission can use their service to make reservations.

The day after the AbiliTrek launch, their team traveled to Seattle to compete in the second round of the UW Business Plan Competition. Of the original 82 teams to compete in the first round, only 36 teams were selected to proceed to the second round of competition on April 26th.

In the second round, the 36 teams create expo-style booths and then spend four intense hours trying to convince a group of almost 300 judges that their startup should advance to the next round. By the end of the day, 16 teams were chosen and AbiliTrek was one of them. The AbiliTrek team will now move on to the Sweet Sixteen competition which will be held in Seattle on May 27, 2017. More than $90,000 in prize money will be awarded to teams this year, including the $25,000 grand prize sponsored by the Herbert B. Jones Foundation.

About Access Travel:

Based in Bellingham, Access Travel was founded in early 2016 after their team won the top place at Bellingham Startup Challenge. The team currently consists of:

  • Daman Wandke – Founder and CEO
  • Jeremy McLaughlin – Product Manager
  • Travis Heller – Software Developer