For the second straight year, the World Tourism Organization or UNWTO is running the world’s largest startup competition in tourism boosted by Wakalua, the global tourism innovation hub.
Together with the corporate partners, UNWTO wants you to tackle the core concepts of travel shaping the future of the sector. Beat your competition with the most disruptive, innovative and sustainable solution and become the next game-changer in tourism.
Entrepreneurs can compete in the following track:
UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition offers several benefits to the participants. The participants can Pitch their ideas and secure investment for their startup. Also, the participants can develop and expand their global network. Furthermore, UNWTO Startup Competition offers:
Pitch & Connect: Be one of the top 3 challenge finalists to pitch in front of investors, mentors, leading corporates and international tourism stakeholders during the Grand Finals – one per corporate challenge – in Madrid, Spain, on 21 January 2020. Moreover, UNWTO will cover the expenses of the finalist traveling to Spain.
Network: Gain a fully sponsored trip and free access to exclusive networking opportunities with tourism leaders and global tourism stakeholders during the Madrid International Tourism Trade Fair 22-26 January 2020 (FITUR).
Pilot & Mentorship: As a winner, you will have the opportunity to design a pilot project with the corporate leading your challenge as well as receive world-class mentorship.
Pilot & Scale-up: Win the special award on Sustainability and also run a pilot with Globalia, leading tourism corporation in Spain and Latin America, including a 6-week scale-up program at the Wakalua hub in Madrid, Spain.
In order to be eligible for the Tourism Startup Competition, the startup must meet the UNWTO’s criteria which states:
The Judging panel at UNWTO will evaluate Tourism Startup projects according to five criteria:
To participate in the UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition, the candidates will require to complete and submit the online application. Along with the application, the candidates must describe about their startup as well as complete the application before the deadline.
UNWTO accepts the application for the Tourism Startup Competition until the deadline 15th November 2019. Applications arriving after the deadline are ineligible for the competition.