Facing up to the toughest times of a generation, the World Tourism Organization and Sommet Education share the conviction that this unprecedented challenge also entails the opportunity for the Hospitality industry not only to come back, but to grow better and hence stronger.
It is a unique opportunity to restart tourism in a more balanced, innovative and sustainable way, with Hospitality as one of its driving forces. The time is right to foster new ideas, offer a new industry paradigm and shift consumption habits.
World trade, travel and leisure can grow back while respecting limited natural resources and engaging deeper with local communities and businesses.
To this end, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Sommet Education present a hospitality challenge which aim is to collect fresh ideas, to foster new approaches in the sector and a shift towards sustainability and innovation.
This Hospitality Challenge is the result of the partnership between UNWTO and Sommet Education, global leader in Hospitality education. This call for applications to the challenge aims to reach the most disruptive startups, entrepreneurs and innovators to drive impact on Hospitality sector in 4 different categories, taking a step forward for Sustainable Development in the recovery efforts.
We are looking for Startups, entrepreneurs and innovators from all over the world with solutions to boost the Hospitality sector's quick recovery with resilient solutions. Entity should offer methods, processes, governance structures, social impact initiatives, new technological applications, existing technologies, amongst others are applicable.
Participants should meet the following criteria:
Solutions focused on luxury travels, goods & services and high-standards
Solutions focused on improving the service and operations in restaurants, catering, delivery services and retail
Solutions focused on small to medium sized properties and family businesses including health and sanitary solutions, security protocols, operations efficiency, among others
Solutions focused on enhancing technology in real estate / small to medium sized properties and family businesses linked to Hospitality industry
Solutions from all over the world Screening Applications
4 categories for Hospitality Challenge Experts Committee Assessment
30 scholarships to talented people & projects
Connection with the UNWTO Network: Access to more than 5000 tourism-related startups, 930 corporations, 300 public institutions, 50 education institutions, 30 incubators and 200 investors.
Finalists will be eligible to receive a full scholarship (tuition fees, full accommodation and catering on campus offered in one of the 15 programmes below, 2 winners per programme)
The projects will be funded by Eurazeo, from which Sommet Education is a portfolio Company. This means for the 3 winners even more chances of success for their projects and for Hospitality more guarantee to have scalable project around new services and products making an impact on the industry.