World Tourism Forum Lucerne supports startups

The World Tourism Forum Lucerne is supporting startups in the tourism sector. In November, it will host the first Swiss Start-Up Innovation Camp, with selected companies competing to win prize money and coaching.

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The first Swiss Start-Up Innovation Camp will take place on 9 November, announced the World Tourism Forum Lucerne. The forum is seeking startups founded in the last five years with the potential to innovative Swiss tourism.

“We are searching for the rising stars of the Swiss startups scene in five key categories for the tourism industry,” explained Martin Barth, President and CEO of the World Tourism Forum Lucerne. The five categories are mobility, hospitality, transaction, destination and impact.  

Startups can apply for the camp until 23 September, with selected businesses receiving the opportunity to present their ideas to the jury, investors and experts. Winners will then be chosen in all five categories. Up for grabs is prize money of 5,000 Swiss francs and participation in a two-year coaching programme.

“The camp is more than a competition. By combining elevator pitches, awards ceremonies, knowledge transfer within expert circles and networking, we are taking a special approach,” said Barth. The aim is to give startups a springboard into the industry, and investors and guests an insight into the startups scene.     

The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) welcomed the new competition. “We believe that startup companies are important for boosting productivity in tourism. This is why the government’s new tourism strategy aims to strengthen support for startups,” commented Richard Kämpf, who is Head of Tourism Affairs at SECO. 

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