15 November, 2019



Madrid, Spain



Join the 2nd UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition

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.

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Together with The corporate partners they 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.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Tourism
  • Innovation

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

  • 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.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

They 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.

Opportunity Cost


  • 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.

How to Apply

First Step: Create new account here.

Second Step: Fill the application form.

Third Step: Submite the application.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Amina Hamed / Egypt

Reviewed by” Rahaf Elkhodary/ Egypt
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