The ‘UNWTO Tourism Tech Adventure: Scaling Up´ organized by the UNWTO

Published on : Thursday, May 2, 2019

The ‘UNWTO Tourism Tech Adventure: Scaling Up´ organized by the UNWTO along with the support of the Colombian government, saw a participation of around 700 participants from around the world. Start-ups, academia, corporations, investors, business incubators and accelerators, discussed with the public sector regarding how to reinforce and scale innovative business ideas for sustainable tourism development.

 

The event served as a perfect setting for the first Colombian platform for entrepreneurship and tourism innovation, which aims towards creating synergies between relevant stakeholders, exchanging success stories and fostering a venture capital investment culture. The forum also brought in scope for sharing insights on how to face the challenges of scaling up, or how to approach and engage with investors. Amadeus Ventures, Bluebox, Angel Ventures and Dux Capital featured among the firms present.

 

Before the Forum, 15 Colombian startups participated in a Startup MasterClass. UNWTO partner IE Business School offered feedback on their pitches, business plans and sustainability focus, and provided overall advice on how to attract investment. This hands-on event was followed by an actual start up competition with the top prize going to James Figueroa from GDX Travel. The second prize went to Eduardo Maldonado fromTourbitz and the third to Miguel Antonio Paez from Escappy Travel.

 

The winner will have access to team up at the Wayra Coworking Space in the capital Bogotá, including personalized mentoring from the Wayra Colombia team.


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