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UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition

UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition

UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition

About UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition


Join the 2nd UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition

Be the next game changer in tourism. Scale your startup.


For the second straight year, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is running the world’s largest startup competition in tourism boosted by wakalua, the global tourism innovation hub.


Together with our corporate partners we want you to tackle the core concepts of travel shaping the sectors future. Beat your competition with the most disruptive, innovative and sustainable solution and become the next game changer in tourism.




Join one of our five partner boosted challenges and compete to scale-up your startup.


Deep Tech: Location & Geolocation Data

Smart Mobility
Rural Development
Disruptive Hospitality
Smart Destinations




* 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.


* 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 and receive world class mentorship.


* Pilot & Scale-up

Win the special award on Sustainability and run a pilot with Globalia, leading tourism corporation in Spain and Latin America, including a 6-week scale-up programme at the wakalua hub in Madrid, Spain.




Your startup will be evaluated on the following criteria.


* Business model
* Potential impact
* Scalability
* Team profile
* Sustainability




The competition timeline

12 September 2019 Applications open
15 November 2019 Applications close
02 December 2019 Two-week round of online interviews with selected startups.
16 December 2019 Announcement finalists.
21 January 2020 5 Grand finals, one per challenge, in Madrid, Spain.


For more information and online application refer the Official Website : https://tourismstartups.org


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