The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition 2018 (Fully Funded to San Sebastián, Spain,

Plazo de solicitud: abril 1st 2019

La Organización Mundial del Turismo (OMT), in collaboration with the Basque Culinary Center, presents the First Global Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition.
Misión

Identify challenges and projects, and catalyzing innovations that can transform the Gastronomy Tourism sector in the near future.

Gastronomy tourism stimulates entrepreneurship and the generation of new companies and organizations that necessarily affect other industries transversally and fosters values such as:

  • Sustainability based on maintaining a balance between economic growth and gastronomic culture and heritage
  • The quality of initiatives from production to experience, along the entire tourism value chain
  • Authentic communication and a coherent narrative of gastronomic offerings with the participation of all the stakeholders of the sector; from chefs to the media
  • Cooperation among all actors throughout the entire value chain of the gastronomic and tourism sector
  • Authenticity by highlighting cultural heritage, local products and cultural values

Requisitos de elegibilidad:

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

beneficios:

Premios

20 selected Start-ups will be shortlisted by a panel of international experts and stakeholders from the gastronomy tourism sector (public and private sector, academia, and civil society)

Validate and test

The 5 finalist startups will have a sponsored trip to pitch their idea to a panel of experts, governments, industry leaders and international investors who will attend the 5th edition of the World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism be held in Spain on 2-3 May 2019.

Pitch and connect

The winning company will have the possibility to make its mark on the international stage and increase the impact of its startup with the help of BCC experts with a customized mentoring programme and the possibility of participating in the business accelerator Culinary Action!

Accelerate and incubate

The winning company will have the opportunity to design a pilot project with the Basque Culinary Center and implement it with the help of its network.

Criterios de evaluación:

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 gastronomy as gastronomic tourism products
  2. Supply-side configuration seeking balance between sustainable development and the profitability of the project, maximizing the positive impacts on the community.
  3. Connection with the market and the user experience in all phases of the trip.
  4. The integration of sustainability in the project´s business plan, specifically the conservation of local ingredients and the relationship between culture, heritage, gastronomy, tourism and economic growth

Línea de tiempo:

5 2019 de marzo

Fecha límite para solicitudes

1 2019 abril

Selection of 5 finalists and presentation on the online platform

3 2019 mayo

Announcement of the winning startup

Para más información:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UNWTO Global Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition 2018

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