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.

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CHALLENGE

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

UNWTO Special Award for Sustainability

UNWTO will give a special award to the most sustainable startup solution.

THE AWARDS

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.

PARTICIPATE

Your startup will be evaluated on the following criteria.

Business model

Potential impact

Scalability

Team profile

Sustainability

We are targeting Startups that:

  • Both for-profit and non-profit projects
  • Are in the Early Stage or Series A Stage
  • Are innovative in nature and provide value-added and sustainable solutions for the tourism sector
  • Have potential for scalability and a vision to grow internationally
  • Have a business plan

SCHEDULE

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.


Founding Partners

Boosted by

Challenge Partners

Academic Partner

Main Partner

Strategic Partners

About the UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition

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