Get gate-delivered food, make friends at Reagan National, Dulles

WASHINGTON — You could soon get food delivered and make new friends before your flight, courtesy of two startups chosen by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and D.C.-based tech incubator 1776 for their joint Airport Innovation Challenge.

FetchyFox, a Sunnyvale, California-based startup founded by two frequent flyers, is an app and service that provides delivery of food and retail items to airport passengers at their gates.

GoWith, based in Israel, is a social platform that, using artificial intelligence, connects passengers with similar interests and likes at the airport.

“These startups stood out from the other applicants as not only having innovative ideas, but also providing solutions to real-world passenger problems and products that can enhance our passenger’s experience,” said Jerome Davis, executive vice president and chief revenue officer for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

“We look forward to working with them in the coming months to further refine their concepts.”

Each company will get $15,000 and work with the airports authority to refine its productions through a 12-week program.

The companies will work with the airports authority’s Passenger Experience Innovation Labs at Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport, as well as 1776’s Crystal City incubator.

The two companies will present pilot programs to the airports authority on June 21.

The airports authority and 1776 launched the Airport Innovation Challenge in November.

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Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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