United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Sports Tourism Start-up Competition 2019

Application Deadline: 15th August 2019

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

Target audience

The purpose of this competition is to capture the attention of a large number of start-ups in the sector and to facilitate the selection of those that are most relevant to Sports Tourism. The projects will be selected based on various criteria, such as the degree of disruptiveness and maturity of the product, its viability, scalability, sustainability and its interest for potential investors.

Requirements:

This competition targets all projects that are at an early stage of development (hereinafter, “Early Stage”) and those that are more consolidated, especially at the Series A stage, (hereinafter, “Growth”).

The competition is open to all entrepreneurs, whether individuals or legal entities, of legal age and with the legal capacity to enter into a contract.

The only requirements are those established in Clause 4 of this document.

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:

•Destination management or private management of solutions/products/services developed around sports as sports tourism products
•Supply-side configuration seeking balance between sustainable development and the profitability of the project, maximizing the positive impacts on the community.
•Connection with the market and the user experience in all phases of the trip.

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.

Requirements:

UNWTO Sports Tourism Start-up Competition is looking for startups with most disruptive ideas focused on solving real needs in the tourism and gastronomy sector with a responsible approach.

In particular, we are targeting startups that are:

  • In the Early Stage or Series A Stage
  • Both for-profit and non-profit
  • Natural or legal persons
  • Startups with a minimum viable product (MVP)
  • Startups with potential for scalability
  • Startups with a sustainable vision

Timeline:

15 August 2019: Deadline for applications
30 August 2019: Presentation of 20 pre-selected startups on the online platform
15 September 2019: Selection of 5 finalists and presentation on the online platform
14 October 2019: Announcement of the winning startup

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UNWTO Sports Tourism Start-up Competition 2019

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