Start-Up Innovation Camp

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Innovation is a major force for growth and development, ensuring competitiveness and providing the ingredients for lasting success. With the Start-Up Innovation Camp, World Tourism Forum Lucerne is seeking for the most innovative business models from around the world to capture this potential. 

Selected by the jury, young entrepreneurs are invited to attend a full-day workshop in order to grow in their roles as business leaders and to receive valuable advice from experienced coaches. This provides a great opportunity to establish international contacts within a high-ranking audience and to push innovation to the next level.

Never give up and one day you maybe get the chance to pitch in front of 550 people from all around the world! Start-Up Innovation Camp 2019 was an amazing experience.
— Simon Michel, CEO Prognolite, winner of Start-Up Innovation Camp 2019 in category Hospitality

COMING UP: Swiss Start-Up Innovation Camp 2019

8 November 2019, Lucerne, Switzerland

Are you a start-up based in Switzerland developing an innovative product or service that could change how we think about travel, tourism and hospitality in the future? Then apply now!

For the second time in Switzerland, World Tourism Forum Lucerne will screen Swiss start-up scene and find the most innovative business models among Swiss start-ups operating in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry.

WTFL Swiss Start-Up Innovation Camp is a one-day event of start-up pitches, coaching sessions, keynote speeches and workshops for entrepreneurs. This is not just another start-up competition - it is the exchange of ideas, the gathering of the youth and experienced leaders, as well as the push for innovation to the next level.

Swiss Start-Up Innovation Camp is also in line with the "Tourism Strategy of the Swiss Confederation" and supports its special focus on start-ups in order to improve the overall productivity of Swiss tourism. Find out more information here: swiss.startup2019.wtflucerne.org


COMING UP: Indian Start-Up Innovation Camp 2019

17-18 December 2019, Bangalore, India

Calling out all start-ups from India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka: apply for this exciting start-up competition and get the chance to win 10’000 USD, 2-year coaching programme and pitch your business on the main stage in front of international investors and industry executives. Free of charge, apply now.

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

The Indian Start-Up Innovation Camp 2019 is our exclusive event, where we are looking for start-ups with the most innovative social impact-based potential in the Indian Subcontinent. We are here to unleash entrepreneurship with a focus on innovation and sustainability.

As a start-up finalist, 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.

Not only you will meet other start-ups, you will interact with TATA Trusts, IHCL, Booking.com and other organizations active in the social impact space. Build strong networks and get an investor onboard! Find out more information here.


Start-Up Innovation Camp 2019

1-2 May 2019, prior to World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2019, Switzerland

The 4th international WTFL Start-Up Innovation Camp was held prior to WTFL 2019 on 1-2 May. We received over 250 applications from 56 different countries around the world. The international jury selected 15 most innovative start-ups and we invited them to Lucerne, where they presented their business in a form of elevator pitch in front of the jury, industry leaders and active investors.

Start-ups also received coaching sessions with experienced experts in order to grow as young entrepreneurs and countless networking opportunities. The 5 winners pitched on the main stage of the World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2019, where they were also awarded with 20’000 USD by the sponsor of the category.

Find out more information here: innovation2019.wtflucerne.org

We met many interesting people during the Start-Up Innovation Camp 2017. One of these people even invested in our company afterwards!
— Michael Ros, CEO / Co-Founder bidroom, winner of Start-Up Innovation Camp 2017 in category Transaction
It was great to meet other start-ups. I was particularly inspired watching the pitches of those in the Impact category. Kudos to WTFL on having the Impact category!
— John Lim, General Manager Igloohome, winner of Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018 in category Hospitality

Winners of Start-Up Innovation Camp 2019

Winners of Swiss Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018

Winners of Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018

winners of Start-up Innovation Camp 2017


Start-Up Innovation Camp 2019 Partners


Past Events

The Start-Up Innovation Camp 2017 not only brought us amazing connections and valuable product feedback, it was also an incredibly well organized event in a beautiful location. Highly recommended!
— Johannes Koeppel, CEO & Co-Founder WeTravel, finalist of Start-Up Innovation Camp 2017