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.
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
UNWTO (2019)54% OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED IN TOURISM ARE WOMEN
UNWTO (2019)7% OF GLOBAL EXPORTS
UNWTO (2019)1.5 ONE BILLION ARRIVALS REACHED IN 2019
5% OF THE GLOBAL UNICORN CLUB CORRESPONDS TO TRAVEL
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.
HOW TO APPLY
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
14 July, 2020
Deadline for candidatures
20 September, 2020
Announcement of winning startups
Pitching round for winners
World Tourism Organization
Calle Poeta Joan Maragall 42
28020 Madrid, Spain