UNWTO Sustainable Development Goals Global Startup Competition 2020

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UNWTO Sustainable Development Goals Global Startup Competition 2020

Dive into the world’s largest call to reach the most disruptive startups that directly contribute to accelerating 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.


Startups from all walks of life, from all over the world and all economic sectors are invited to participate if meeting the following criteria:

  • Be innovative in nature providing value-added solutions
  • Be sustainability-driven
  • Be scalable: to have potential for international growth and potential to be applied in corporations and destinations (countries, regions)
  • Be an Early Stage or Series A startup
  • Have a tested pilot and business plan
  • Have been accelerated before
  • Have a full-time team

All ways of innovation are welcome: new methods, processes, governance models, social impact initiatives, and technologies.


Benefits for winning startups include but are not limited to:

  • Pitch at a UNWTO Demo Day
  • Curated mentorship program including one-on-one and in-group sessions focused on Intellectual Property (IP), sustainability, business and leadership
  • Access to technological support
  • Connection to the UNWTO Innovation Network
  • Potential pilot project with private-sector collaborators and institutions

How to Apply

  1. Keep in mind the category or Sustainable Development Goal you will apply for
  2. Read the Terms & Conditions (hipervinculado al PDF) of the Competition
  3. Make an attractive pitch deck in English (no more than 15 slides)
  4. List your web page, social media users, and contact information

How to Apply:
If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, and you have all of the requirements above ready, fill out the Application form in English

Do you need more information, Click here to UNWTO Sustainable Development Goals Global Startup Competition 2020 to learn more

Application Deadline: 20 September 2020

Source: UNWTO Sustainable Development Goals Global Startup Competition 2020

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