Applications for the Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge 2024 are open now. Are you interested in developing innovative solutions for the tourism industry? The Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge 2024 might be just the opportunity you’re looking for.

Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge 2024
Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge 2024

Application Deadline: March 1, 2024

This challenge offers a $1,000 grant to young entrepreneurs and innovators who are passionate about transforming the tourism industry. The application deadline is March 1, 2024, so make sure to apply soon.

Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge 2024 ($1,000 grant)

African youth who are innovative in the travel and tourism industry have access to this unique platform, which they can use to present their initiatives to the global market and secure the necessary finance, partnerships, and mentorship possibilities.

Benefits 

  • The winner will get a $1,000 seed.
  • Grant Seed: $5,000 for First and Second Runners Up.
  • UNWTO offers free registration for short courses.
  • Mentorship, collaboration, possible financial assistance, and professional prospects.
  • The chance to join a well-established network of innovators and mentors for African youth in tourism.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Accessible to African adolescents.
  • The maximum age is 35.
  • A competitor’s five-minute Minimum Viable Product (MVP) demo is necessary during the presentation.

Rules for Entry for Youth in the Tourism Innovation Challenge 2024

Indicate the following clearly to prevent disqualification:

  • The goal is originality, sincerity, and justification.
  • Evidence of creative solutions to industry challenges in travel and tourism or associated fields being implemented in Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond (e.g., technology, social entrepreneurship, education, youth empowerment and employment creation, environmental sustainability, community development, etc.)
  • The project’s long-term effects on travel and tourism, nearby towns, and/or associated sectors.
  • Project timelines.
  • The type of assistance needed: capital, investors, collaborations, mentorship, etc.
  • Conclusion and any pertinent supplementary material should not exceed 500 words.

Application 

For those interested, open this link to start the application process.

  • The challenge opens on November 1, 2023.
  • Closing date: March 1, 2024.
  • Adjudicators will shortlist the Top 5 on March 22, 2024.
  • Shortlisted project promoters will be informed on March 29, 2024.
  • Mentorship for elevator pitches (12 hours): April 10–May 16, 2024.
  • Submission of shortlisted project promoters: 5-minute presentation at the Summit, May 15, 2024.
  • The top 3 were announced on May 31, 2024.
  • The competitor is required to show a demo of the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) (5 minutes) during the presentation.
  • Winners and runner-up announcement: Ar ATLF Awards in Gaborone, Botswana, October 2024.

In conclusion, the Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge 2024 is an exciting opportunity for young African entrepreneurs and innovators who are passionate about transforming the tourism industry.

With a $1,000 grant and the possibility of mentorship, collaboration, and financial assistance, this challenge offers a unique platform for presenting creative solutions to industry challenges in travel and tourism or associated fields.

If you are eligible and interested in participating, make sure to submit your application by March 1, 2024, and don’t miss this chance to join a well-established network of innovators and mentors in the tourism industry.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2024

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