BYHOURS has made the top 10 finalists in the UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition! It is the world’s largest initiative dedicated to identifying the startups that will lead the transformation of the tourism sector. Finalists were selected among 3000 projects from 132 countries & BYHOURS is very proud to be the only Spanish company on the list!
In September Guillermo Gaspart pitched BYHOURS in Budapest, Hungary, in the first round among 3,000 other contestants. The 10 finalists will pitch again at the FITUR ( International Tourism Trade Fair), from 24 – 27 January 2019 in Madrid, Spain. Founders Christian Rodriguez and Guillermo Gaspart are excited for the opportunity to showcase BYHOURS to the world, connect with potential investors, as well as learn from fellow entrepenours and startups.
Israel has the largest number of finalists, with four selected projects: Howazit, Pruvo, Refundit and Seevov, while the rest, in addition to Spain, comes from Colombia (Awake), Germany (e-bot), Ireland (The FreeBird Club ), United Kingdom (Kompas) and Canada (Stay 22).
The UNWTO stressed that it is “a pioneering initiative”, which has identified emerging companies at the forefront of the transformation of the tourism sector and the promotion of innovation ecosystems through tourism. The call sought innovative companies, capable of transforming the way in which tourism travels and experiences, always in a framework of economic, social and environmental sustainability.
“We have positioned tourism for the first time on the global innovation agenda, a well-deserved place that reflects the weight and socio-economic impact of tourism,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. In his opinion, the key is to connect the public and private sectors collaboratively and creating opportunities to share ideas and projects. The CEO of Globalia, Javier Hidalgo, emphasized that his group and the WTO have jointly created this collaborative model.
Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General World Tourism Organization, visited the BYHOURS offices in Barcelona
The projects will be evalued according to four criteria:
- Solution uniqueness and feasibility
- Potential impact
- Business model
- Team profile
- Scalability and Sustainability
The winning startup will receive the opportunity to design a pilot project with Globalia, Spain’s largest travel corporation. Work closely with Globalia’s brands including Air Europa (airline), Halcón Viajes (travel agencies), Travelplan (tour operator), Be Live (hotel chain), and Groundforce (airport handling) and more.
Wish us luck!