UNWTO Sports Tourism Startup Competition: Apply Now!

UNWTO Sports Tourism Startup Competition

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in collaboration with Futbol Club Barcelona, presents the 1st UNWTO Sports Tourism Startup Competition.

Aim of the Competition

To identify the challenges and prospects, and catalyze innovations that can transform the Sport & Tourism sector in the near future.

UNWTO Sports Tourism Startup Competition Criteria

The projects must be aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations and the introduction or adaptation of digital and technological elements, and focused on one (or several) of the following areas:

  1. Destination management or private management of solutions/products/services developed around Sports as Inclusive Tourism products.
  2. Supply-side configuration seeking balance between sustainable development and the profitability of the project, maximizing the positive impacts on the community and environment.
  3. Connection with the market and the user experience in all phases of the trip.
  4. New ways to use technology resources in sports and its involvement in developing Smart Cities.

Evaluation Criteria

The projects will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Innovation and disruptiveness

We are looking for startups with a project/product/service proposal that will disrupt the sector by introducing new concepts not yet identified in the gastronomic tourism industry

Potential impact and scalability

We are looking for startups with a sound business model that has the potential for scalability in another environment/market/region making it feasible to increase and grow its social, technological and economic impact.

Initially validated or tested business model

We are looking for startups in growth or seed stages that have tested their idea and have a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) tested in a real market.

Suitable and committed team

We are looking for startups that have an entrepreneurial team suited to the needs and characteristics of the project, with high motivation, interest and commitment to its development.

Partnership Readiness

We are looking for startups that have experience in the co-development of products/services and interest in accessing collaborations with partners in the sector.

Sustainability in the value proposition

We are looking for startups that integrate sustainability into the business model of the project, taking special care of the relationship between culture, heritage, gastronomy, tourism and economic growth.

Technological or digital component

We are looking for startups in which a technological or digital component is embedded in the business model.

Who Can Apply

Startups in the Early Stage or Series A Stage

Both for-profit and not for-profit

Natural or Legal Persons

Startups with Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

Startups with potential for scalability

Startups with a sustainable vision

How to Enter the UNWTO Sports Tourism Startup Competition

Interested in participating in the, then head over to the application portal now and apply.

You might also want to visit the main competition website to learn more about the competition.

Deadline for submission of applications: August 15, 2019

Good luck as you apply.

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