UNWTO Launches Women in Tech Startup Competition in the Middle East
UNWTO has launched a new Startup Competition to support women tourism tech entrepreneurs and innovators across the Middle East.
Announced at Biban 2023, Saudi Arabia’s largest SME conference, the Women in Tech Startup Competition: Middle East, will further advance UNWTO’s work to make tourism a pillar of women’s empowerment. The initiative gives innovators the chance to compete for enhanced capacity building and visibility. Finalists in each category will join the UNWTO Innovation Network, giving them access to the UNWTO Member States network, mentorship programs and to UNWTO scholarship opportunities.
Tourism startups are also leading the way in advancing women empowerment, in the Middle East and globally, and UNWTO is delighted to support the region’s best innovators and digital entrepreneurs
UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, says: “Tourism startups have the power and agility to transform the sector in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. Tourism startups are also leading the way in advancing women empowerment, in the Middle East and globally, and UNWTO is delighted to support the region’s best innovators and digital entrepreneurs.”
Who can apply?
Startups must be led, owned or managed by women residing in any of the following countries: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen.
Idea Stage, Early Stage or Series A startups with a minimum viable product or idea that is ready to be developed and funded.
Have a full-time team, a tested pilot and business plan.
Be scalable with potential for international growth.
Startups must also belong to at least one of the following categories:
Social Impact: For startups that focus on technology in wellness, health, urban development, rural development, sustainability, and education with cross-cutting benefits with tourism.
Tourism and Travel Experience: Startups focusing on the food and beverage, transportation and accommodation, travel, and retail industries to participate.
Future Tech: Startups that leverage fintech, AI, AR/VR, cryptocurrency, Internet of Things, blockchain technology, digital twinning and the Metaverse.
Events and Community: Startups focused on social and messaging platforms, e-sports and gaming platforms, community-based applications, events-related platforms, and education technology.
Applications close at the end of July 2023 and the winners will be announced at the Tourism Tech Adventure (TTA), to be held on World Tourism Day (27 September Riyadh, Saudi Arabia).
UNWTO and Innovation
Since 2018, UNWTO’s IEI department has launched more than 21 startup competitions and innovation challenges, covering over 150 countries around the world. With over 10,000 participants and more than US$214 million in funding, UNWTO continues its efforts to support digitalization and innovation in line with the global entrepreneurship ecosystem. Tourism has the opportunity to improve inclusiveness, local community development, and resource efficiency by leveraging innovation and digital advancements.
Source: Breaking Travel News
NYPD, feds fine-tuning security plans in wake of possible indictment of former President Trump
2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 Debuts Making 1,025 HP And 945 LB-FT
Abigail Zwerner gives first interview about shooting at Richneck Elementary
One student killed and another injured in shooting at Texas high school
Bill that would expand Florida's Parental Rights in Education law clears another hurdle
Feeding Jews for a good reason: how to celebrate properly
Is There a Vaccine for RSV, and When Could One Be Approved?
This Is the Best Running Gear I’ve Found for Short Runners
A Ransomware Gang Claims It Hacked Amazon’s Ring
What Are Toothpaste Tablets? Plus 5 Options to Try in 2023: Bite, Huppy, Hello, Unpaste
How John Lennon’s ‘(Just Like) Starting Over’ References His Song ‘Mother’
IRS Warns On ERC Scams As It Announces Annual Dirty Dozen
Dog stolen on Beacon Hill, returned 7 hours later after owner’s emotional plea
Why Dolly Parton Won’t Ride the Big Bear Mountain Rollercoaster at Dollywood
Boston police ask for help finding missing 14-year-old Roxbury girl
News22 hours ago
How the United States broke Iraq, 20 years after invasion
News22 hours ago
New fitness fad? Turbocharging your coffee!
News14 hours ago
Buster Murdaugh Denies Involvement in Death of Teen
News15 hours ago
Trump’s potential arrest hangs over Capitol Hill
News22 hours ago
Disneyland reopens Toontown, designed to be inclusive of ‘every single guest’
Finance18 hours ago
Embattled Billionaire Hui Ka Yan Wins Preliminary Support For Evergrande Restructuring Deal
Tech10 hours ago
7-Eleven starts its own EV charging network, 7Charge
Wellness13 hours ago
What a Lifting Belt Can—and Can’t—Do for Your Workout