SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS GLOBAL STARTUP COMPETITION

Dive into the world’s largest call to reach the most disruptive startups that directly contribute to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Led by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the UN agency responsible for promoting sustainable, accessible and inclusive tourism, this Competition aims to encourage the global innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem to embrace sustainability and to deliver impact during the United Nations Decade of Action starting this year.

Bringing together stakeholders from a variety of sectors across the economy, this initiative sets out to reach a common goal, to set innovation at the forefront of sustainable development in corporations and destinations.SDGs

UNWTO
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Collaborators

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Main Partner

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Advanced Leadership Foundation
Amadeus
AWS Activate
BBVA
Clarke Modet
The Far Co
Globant
Google
IDB
IDB LAB
IE University
Mastercard
Mentor Day
Plug and Play
Telefónica


Joint effort

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The worldwide COVID-19 outbreak has brought the world to a standstill and both, civil society and the private sector have been severely affected. Consequently, the pandemic jeopardizes all of the progress achieved thus far in terms of sustainability.

Against this backdrop of heightened uncertainty, tourism’s proven resiliency and dynamic nature can be harnessed to support and reinforce recovery. Given the sector’s capacity to create jobs and increase inclusiveness, UNWTO calls for a transversal, cross-sector approach to boost sustainable development all over the world.

1 in 10 jobs worldwide are in tourism

1 IN 10 JOBS WORLDWIDE ARE IN TOURISM
UNWTO (2019)Employed54% OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED IN TOURISM ARE WOMEN
UNWTO (2019)7% of global exports UNWTO (2019)7% OF GLOBAL EXPORTS
UNWTO (2019)1.5 one billion arrivals reached in 2019 UNWTO (2020)1.5 ONE BILLION ARRIVALS REACHED IN 2019
UNWTO (2020)

Unicorn

5% OF THE GLOBAL UNICORN CLUB CORRESPONDS TO TRAVEL
CBINSIGHTS (2020)

Tourism is a major leader to the global economy and is at the centre of the most disruptive innovation. Due to its active work with startups, the sector has reached safe and experiential travelling as never before. Now, it is the time to bolster this joint effort with entrepreneurs to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through new ways of tackling global challenges.


​Format

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TARGET STARTUPS

CATEGORIES

EVALUATION CRITERIA

BENEFITS

HOW TO APPLY

TERMS AND CONDITIONS


Timeline

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Launch

14 July, 2020

Deadline for candidatures

20 September, 2020

Announcement of winning startups

November 2020

Pitching round for winners

November 2020SDGs

World Tourism Organization
Calle Poeta Joan Maragall 42
28020 Madrid, Spain
info@unwto.org

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