UNWTO Global Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition 2024 – Apply Now!

Applications for the 4th Global Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition are now open! The UNWTO Global Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition is designed for eligible startups worldwide, offering a platform to showcase groundbreaking ideas and solutions that will shape the future of gastronomy tourism. This is a collaboration between The UNWTO and the Basque Culinary Center.

UNWTO Global Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition

As the global demand for unique travel experiences continues to rise, gastronomy tourism emerges as a dynamic and creative segment, offering travelers an immersive journey into the culture and flavors of destinations around the world.

UNWTO Global Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition – Details

The UNWTO Global Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition serves as a catalyst for innovation in the gastronomy tourism sector, inviting startups to present their projects and solutions aimed at addressing key challenges and driving positive change.

With a focus on new technologies, local impact, and sustainability, the competition seeks to identify startups with the potential to revolutionize the gastronomy tourism landscape.

The Competition:

  • New Technologies: Startups leveraging technology to provide innovative solutions or services in the gastronomic tourism sector.
  • Local Impact: Projects driving social transformation and improvement within their local communities while contributing to gastronomy tourism.
  • Sustainability and Waste Management: Initiatives addressing sustainability and food waste management challenges associated with gastronomic tourism.

Benefits for Participants:

Participating in the UNWTO Global Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition offers the following opportunities for startups:

  • Mentoring by UNWTO and Top Partners: Access to guidance and expertise from industry leaders.
  • Customized assistance to accelerate startup growth and development.
  • Investment Opportunities: Potential funding and investment prospects for promising projects.
  • Membership in UNWTO Innovation Network: Integration into a global network of innovators and stakeholders.
  • Scholarship Opportunities: Access to education and training through the Tourism Online Academy.
  • Showcase at UNWTO Gastronomy Tourism Forum: Opportunity to present projects at a prestigious international event.
  • Utilization of LABe Facilities: Access to state-of-the-art digital gastronomy lab facilities.
  • Participation in Culinary Action!: Recognition and exposure as a finalist company in culinary initiatives.
  • Exposure through On the Road Competition: Visibility in a roadshow format competition.
  • Access to GOe Digital Community: Inclusion in a digital community focused on gastronomy innovation.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the UNWTO Global Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition, startups must meet the conditions below:

  • Scope into Gastronomy Tourism Sector: Projects must align with the objectives and focus areas of gastronomy tourism.
  • Degree of Innovation: Demonstrated capacity for disruptive innovation within the sector, with or without a technological component.
  • Social Impact: Commitment to addressing social needs and fostering positive societal change, with measurable outcomes.
  • Traction: Potential for transformative impact and scalability, with tangible results and indicators of success.
  • Tested MVP: Validation of product or service through testing and measurable results.
  • Ease of Collaboration: Potential for collaboration and value creation within the gastronomy tourism ecosystem.
  • Committed Team: Presence of a dedicated and knowledgeable team with relevant expertise.
  • Adherence to Sustainable Development Goals: Alignment with UN Sustainable Development Goals and tangible contributions to social impact metrics.

Application Process

Application Deadline

The Application Deadline for the UNWTO Global Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition 2024 is set for June 6, 2024.

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