Start-Up Innovation Camp


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

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.

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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

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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