2nd UNWTO Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition

UNWTO in collaboration with the Basque Culinary Center launches the 2nd Global Competition for Gastronomy Tourism Startups. This is a global initiative that aims to identify startups with the greatest potential to outline the future and promote sustainable innovation in the tourism and gastronomy sector.

Its mission is to identify challenges and projects, and catalyzing innovations that can transform the Gastronomy Tourism sector in the near future.

The competition includes two categories; Startups and Social Innovation. In the Social Innovation category, this competition intended to Identify and drive projects in the gastronomic global tourism sector which cause a transformation in their environment while in the startups the competition is looking for startups with the most disruptive ideas focused on solving real needs in the tourism and gastronomy sector with a responsible approach.

Who can apply?

Startups in the Early Stage or Series A StagePeople or companies developing and promoting a project with a high component of transformation and social improvement in its scope of action.
Both for-profit and non-profitProjects that are framed in the sector of gastronomic tourism
Natural or legal personsWith tangible indicators of the project´s social impact.
Startups with a minimum viable product (MVP)
Startups with potential for scalability
Startups with a sustainable vision

Evaluation Criteria

Innovation and disruptivenessPlace in the Gastronomic Tourism sector.
Potential impact and scalabilityState of innovation: creative, disruptive and innovative, with or without technological basis.
Initially validated or tested business modelMeasurable social impact.
Suitable and committed teamScalable potencial impact.
Partnership ReadinessMVP tested: prototype product or service, tested, with already measured or measurable results.
Sustainability in the value propositionTraction and transformation capacity and the improvement of the social conditions of the beneficiary groups and / or promote their recognition before society.
Technological or digital componentEase of value capture via collaboration
Compromised team.
Adherence to the Sustainable Development Objectives.


28 January 2020 - Competition launched28 January 2020 - Competition launched
30 May 2020 - Deadline for applications30 May 2020 - Deadline for applications
30 June 2020 - Selection and announcement of the 5 finalistsDecember 2020 - Announcement of winner
December 2020 - Final pitch session and announcement of winner
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