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.


Swiss Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018

9 November 2018, Switzerland

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

A full day of start-up pitches, trainings and workshops will prepare Swiss start-ups for the international call in May 2019. Find out more information here.

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International Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018

12 September 2018, Malaysia

The 3rd WTFL Start-Up Innovation Camp was held in Langkawi, Malaysia, integrated in PATA Travel Mart. The 15 most innovative start-ups were chosen as finalists and invited to present their business models. Finally, the international jury rewarded the winner in each of the categories: Destination, Hospitality, Mobility, Impact and Transaction. The winners received 15’000 USD cash award, 2-year coaching programme, 5 Minutes of Fame on the PTM Talks platform and free participation at World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2019.Congratulations!

Find out more about Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018 here!

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 2018


International START-UP INNOVATION PARTNERS 2018

This was one of the very best planned, organized and run event I have been part of in at least a decade.
— Thomas Müller, Founder & CEO rainmaker, winner of Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018 in category Destination

about Start-up Innovation Camp 2017 

After screening the world for the best Start-Ups in the categories Destination, Impact, Hospitality and Transaction, we have received over 170 Start-Up applications from 50 countries. After a thorough pre-evaluation, the best 16 Start-Ups (4 Start-Ups per category) were invited to the Start-Up Innovation Camp in Lucerne on 3 May 2017. At the full-day Camp our young entrepreneurs had the opportunity to pitch to investors, to grow in their roles as business leaders and to receive valuable advice from experienced coaches.

The best Start-Up from each category was honoured with the Start-Up Innovation Award (20'000 USD), had the unique opportunity to present his/her business model on the main stage of World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2017 and receive a free coaching from an experienced business expert for the next two years. 

 

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

winners of Start-up Innovation Camp 2017

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