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The Start Up Innovation Camps are yearly flagship initiatives of the World Tourism Forum Lucerne in Switzerland which aim to boost the innovation ecosystem in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry by connecting innovators across the industry to industry players, investors as well as helping scale and commercialise innovative solutions.

The 2020 Start Up Innovation Camp is organized together with the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, our 2019/2020 Guest Country Partner in Ras Al Khaimah (UAE), and welcomes all stakeholders in the start up community to join us.

An international stage for you

You have the opportunity to present your business to high profile investors, industry experts and academics to get the global attention. Qualify yourself for "5 Minutes of Fame" on the main stage.

COME TO Ras Al KhaimaH (UAE)

The start-up application is for free. On top, we will cover your travel and accommodation costs if you qualify as a finalist. We hope to see you soon in Ras Al’ Khaimah!


Not only will you meet other start-ups, you will interact with business leaders and investors and build a strong network.

WIN 5’000 USD

Win our Start-Up Innovation Award of 5’000 USD. Find out what other benefits you can receive here.

More benefits
Ari Andricopoulos
Winner Swiss Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018
and the International Camp in 2019
"The Start-Up Innovation Camp connected us with great coaches, gave us a lot of new ideas and a lot of positive exposure at an early stage."

We did not really know what to expect when we signed up for the Camp in 2018. What we got was firstly, a great camp with top coaches who gave us new ideas and inspiration. Secondly, an award that gave us a lot of publicity and validation as a company to the outside world and thirdly, a membership to a positive and future-looking network that not only supported us in our journey, it also helped us acquire funding. This kind of network is really valuable and a pleasure to be part of. Martin and his team have a great vision and a positive can-do attitude and it is great to be part of the WTFL community!

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World Tourism Forum Lucerne
We help tourism-related start-ups to connect with investors, learn from industry experts and academic thought leaders, we well as grow to global markets.

The World Tourism Forum Lucerne is an exclusive platform where the world’s leading tourism, travel and hospitality companies meet to shape a more sustainable future. We provide decision-makers with in-depth insights into the core themes of the tourism industry and a unique global network. The World Tourism Forum Lucerne is the only platform to integrate start-ups, young executives and students in one program.

Over the past ten years, it has evolved into a year-round network of leaders and innovators who are driving positive change in the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. This includes an influential network of leaders from the business, education, politics, finance and community sectors.

Find out more here.

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority

“Tourism is one of the largest, most dynamic and fastest developing economic sectors in the world. It creates employment, contributes to GDP growth, attracts investment and enhances the quality of life. For these reasons, it is a central pillar of Ras Al Khaimah’s economic growth and diversification strategy.”

(Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah and Member of the Supreme Council of the UAE)

Find out more here.

14 February – 6 April 2020
Submit your application
Follow the structured application questionnaire.
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15 April – 6 May 2020
Jury selects the best start-ups per category
Learn about the jury
6 May – 11 May 2020
Get selected as the finalist!
17 January 2022
Welcome cocktail in Ras Al’ Khaimah
18 January 2022
19 January 2022
19 January 2022
See the programme here