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UNWTO Sustainable Development Goals Global Startup Competition 2020

Dive into the world’s largest call to reach the most disruptive startups that directly contribute to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Led by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the UN agency responsible for promoting sustainable, accessible and inclusive tourism, this Competition aims to encourage the global innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem to embrace sustainability and to deliver impact during the United Nations Decade of Action starting this year.

Bringing together stakeholders from a variety of sectors across the economy, this initiative sets out to reach a common goal, to set innovation at the forefront of sustainable development in corporations and destinations.

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About World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide. UNWTOheadquarters are based in Madrid, Spain. The Secretariat is led by the Secretary-General and organized into programmes covering issues such as sust... read more


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UNWTO Sustainable Development Goals Global Startup Competition


Aim and Benefits of UNWTO Sustainable Development Goals Global Startup Competition

Benefits for winning startups include but are not limited to:

  1. Pitch at a UNWTO Demo Day
  2. Curated mentorship programme including one-on-one and in-group sessions focused on Intellectual Property (IP), sustainability, business and leadership
  3. Access to technological support
  4. Connection to the UNWTO Innovation Network
  5. Potential pilot project with private sector collaborators and institutions

Requirements for UNWTO Sustainable Development Goals Global Startup Competition Qualification

Startups from all walks of life, from all over the world and all economic sectors are invited to participate if meeting the following criteria:

  1. Be innovative in nature providing value-added solutions
  2. Be sustainability-driven
  3. Be scalable: to have potential for international growth and potential to be applied in corporations and destinations (countries, regions)
  4. Be an Early Stage or Series A startup
  5. Have a tested pilot and business plan
  6. Have been accelerated before
  7. Have a full-time team

All ways of innovation are welcome: new methods, processes, governance models, social impact initiatives, and technologies.


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Interview date, Process and Venue for UNWTO Sustainable Development Goals Global Startup Competition

Timeline:

  1. Launch: 14 July, 2020

  2. Deadline for candidatures: 20 September, 2020

  3. Announcement of winning startups: November 2020

  4. Pitching round for winners: November 2020


Application Deadline

September 20, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on plugandplay-apac.typeform.com to apply
  1. Keep in mind the category or Sustainable Development Goal you will apply for
  2. Read the Terms & Conditions (hipervinculado al PDF) of the Competition
  3. Make an attractive pitch deck in English (no more than 15 slides)
  4. List your web page, social media users and contact information 

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

For more details, visit UNWTO website



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