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UNWTO Awake Tourism Challenge: Global Call for Entrepreneurs

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Application Deadline: 06/30/2022

About Opportunity

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) calls for a joint effort amongst stakeholders and launched the Awake Tourism Challenge seeking to find the most innovative startups that are working to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The proposed programme is an initiative inside the broader framework of the United Nations Decade of Action in order to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

It makes it possible to promote technology, social impact and sustainability solutions to compelling challenges by giving the opportunity to startups from around the world to present their projects to the global innovation ecosystem.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The Challenge is aimed at/is open to all entrepreneurs from UN Member States, whether individuals or legal entities, of legal age and with the legal capacity to enter into a contract. The projects can be focused on any methods, processes, governance structures, social impact initiatives, technological applications, among other ways of innovation.
  • Specifically, entrepreneurs and startups should meet the following criteria:
    • Be innovative in nature and provide value-added solutions for the acceleration of the Sustainable Development Goals
    • Be in Early or Series A growth stage
    • Be scalable
    • Introduction or adoption of digital and technological elements
    • To have a potential for international growth
    • To have a tested pilot and business plan
    • To have a full-time team including at least 2 members under 35 years. Gender balance will be also considered.
    • To be sustainability-driven


  • Sponsorship provided by Wakalua to pitch at the UNWTO Demo Day (venue and country tbc);
  • Application through the YouNoodle platform, which facilitates introduction and growth opportunities for startups;
  • Access to 90+ Venture Capitalists, Top Corporations and 150+ Countries;
  • Become a Member of the UNWTO Innovation Network;
  • Curated mentorship and acceleration programme from their partners;
  • Membership at the Startup Campuses;
  • Potential pilot project with private sector collaborators and institutions;
  • Potential seed funding;
  • Incubation services in Les Roches Spark Innovation Center, including 3 months accommodation in Crans-Montana, provided by the Sommet Education group.

Application Procedure

Get ready for your application:

  1. Keep in mind the category you will apply for
  2. Read the Terms & Conditions of the Competition
  3. Read the questions in the Application form
  4. Make an attractive pitch deck in English (no more than 15 slides)
  5. List your web page, social media users and contact information
  6. Once you have all of them ready, fill out the Application form in English and submit it

Once you have all of them ready, fill out the Application form in English

Official Website: UNWTO Awake Tourism Challenge: Global Call for Entrepreneurs

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