Call for Applications: UNWTO Competition for Deep Tech Startups - Rethinking Location and Geolocation

MADEUS is looking for start-ups that are offering a unique value proposition to travellers or travel providers with location features.
Application Deadline in 3 days
Eligible Countries | Regions | Cities  Worldwide
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For the second straight year, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is running the world’s largest startup competition in tourism boosted by wakalua, the global tourism innovation hub.
Together with our corporate partners we want you to tackle the core concepts of travel shaping the sectors future. Beat your competition with the most disruptive, innovative and sustainable solution and become the next game changer in tourism.
AMADEUS is looking for start-ups that are offering a unique value proposition to travellers or travel providers with location features. Solutions that can combine location data with IA to simplify the travel journey; identify tourism regions; match nearby airports; extract location from images, text and video; optimize city itineraries; provide sentiment analysis of locations; suggest similar destinations and much more. Furthermore, there are thousands of undiscovered opportunities in the travel space where geolocation is key: safety, hot spots, activities at destination, advertising, personalization, itinerary optimization, notifications…


Pitch & Connect

Be one of the top 3 challenge finalists to pitch in front of investors, mentors, leading corporates and international tourism stakeholders during the Grand Finals – one per corporate challenge – in Madrid, Spain, on 21 January 2020.


Gain a fully sponsored trip and free access to exclusive networking opportunities with tourism leaders and global tourism stakeholders during the Madrid International Tourism Trade Fair 22-26 January 2020 (FITUR).

Pilot & Mentorship

As a winner you will have the opportunity to design a pilot project with the corporate leading your challenge and receive world class mentorship.

Pilot & Scale-up

Win the special award on Sustainability and run a pilot with Globalia, leading tourism corporation in Spain and Latin America, including a 6-week scale-up programme at the wakalua hub in Madrid, Spain.

Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

Source: UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition

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