Throughout May, the 15 winners of the UNWTO Awake Tourism Challenge were given the opportunity to participate in an acceleration program offered by Spark, Les Roches Hospitality School, Crans-Montana, Switzerland.
UNWTO partnered with Les Roches Global Hospitality Management School We help tourism start-ups embrace innovation and accelerate a more sustainable transition.
During the month of May, 15 winners UNWTO Awake Tourism Challenge I was given the opportunity to participate in an acceleration program offered by spark, Les Roches Hospitality School in Crans-Montana, the school’s Swiss campus. This accelerated program focuses on issues important to tourism entrepreneurs and start-ups, including marketing and financial strategies, market research, fundraising, legal concerns and transparency. Participants also participated in a technology challenge designed to put into practice what they learned at Crans-Montana.
The culmination of the acceleration program was the finals, which provided startups with an opportunity to pitch their business ideas. The event was attended by around 100 investors and stakeholders from private equity, international investment funds, consulting firms, Spark’s technology partners, as well as representatives of the Swiss authorities, demonstrating a high level of interest and interest in innovative solutions. Showed support. Developed by a startup.
Award-winning startups include Coasttion (Netherlands), Neutral (Portugal), Smart tourism and hospitality Consulting (Panama), quantum temple (united states of america), Social B&B (Germany), Baahdy, birdie (Norway), Accesivirida Institute (Spain), camachona (Namibia), weaver (Singapore), R3 charge (Germany), Institute of Impact Innovation (Safe you) (Armenia), nomads (Korea), Tweet (France), Evelity by Okeenea Digital (France), Accessible Qatar (Qatar).
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The UNWTO Awake Tourism Challenge is organized by UNWTO in collaboration with partners to encourage start-ups and entrepreneurs to develop solutions that address key challenges in this sector. The challenge has six different areas for him, allowing applicants to submit their solutions in the areas that best fit their company’s innovation. These areas include green and blue economy, local community involvement, tourism education, creation of green and sustainable capital, women’s empowerment, and tourism technology for good.
The startups that won the UNWTO’s Awake Tourism Competition also joined the Innovation Network, which comprises 300 leading startups from all startup competitions organized by the UNWTO’s Innovation Division since its inception in 2018.
Looking ahead, the next global startup competition will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2023, centered around the theme of the SDG competition. This upcoming event will further encourage entrepreneurs to address the Sustainable Development Goals and have a positive impact on the tourism sector.
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