Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, has announced the ten startups that will join its new accelerator program, Booking.com Booster. The goal of the program is to identify, mentor and fund enterprising startups from around the world that are seeking to have a positive impact on the global tourism industry. The ten selected ventures will participate in a three-week program in June 2017 in Amsterdam that culminates with a chance to pitch to a panel of Booking.com and industry experts for grants of up to €500,000 from Booking.com.
“We are so impressed with the amazing diversity and quality of applications that we received for the Booking.com Booster Program. The incredible passion and genuinely innovative business concepts we saw from startups from practically every corner of the globe was truly inspiring,” said Gillian Tans, CEO of Booking.com. “I can’t wait to get to know these ten startups better and see how we can help them to accelerate their growth plans in order to bring their vision for sustainable tourism to even more destinations around the world.”
The ten sustainable travel startups that will be joining Booking.com Booster in June 2017 are:
- MovingWorlds (USA & Colombia)
- Authenticook (India)
- Backstreet Academy (Singapore and Southeast Asia)
- Visit.org (USA)
- Awake (Colombia)
- Seabin (Australia & Spain)
- MEJDI Tours (Israel & Palestine)
- Desolenator (UK)
- Local Alike (Thailand)
- Good Hotel (Guatemala, UK & Netherlands)
Nearly 700 startups with teams from 102 nationalities applied to join the programme, with the United States, India, the Netherlands, Russia, and Italy topping the list for the highest numbers of applicants.
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