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.
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.
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 our Start-Up Innovation Award of 5’000 USD. Find out what other benefits you can receive here.
and the International Camp in 2019
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!More winner’s stories
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.
“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.”
HH SHEIKH SAUD BIN SAQR AL QASIMI
(Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah and Member of the Supreme Council of the UAE)