Applications open for Booking.com’s €2 million start-up accelerator program focused on sustainable tourism
Booking.com announced the opening of applications for the third annual Booking Booster accelerator program for start-ups in sustainable tourism. The portal is calling start-ups from around the world that are building technology-driven solutions to solve sustainable travel challenges – in multiple areas – to apply for support from its €2 million funds.
For the 2019 Booking Booster Program, Booking.com will select and invite 10 social enterprise start-ups in the sustainable tourism sector that are ready to scale their business plans to a three-week accelerator program in Amsterdam in May 2019.
The program will consist of a series of lectures, hands-on workshops and coaching sessions, culminating in a final pitch to receive a grant of up to €500k from Booking.com’s €2 million funds in order to help support the next stage of projected growth for the participating start-ups.
All the start-ups will also receive a full year of ongoing mentoring and coaching from Booking.com experts, as well as opportunities and access to collaborate with Booking.com on potential innovation initiatives and experiments to help accelerate their future growth.
Start-ups from all over the world are invited to apply for the 2019 Booking Booster Program. Applications close on December 2, 2018, so interested start-ups should visit the Booking Booster section on the Booking Cares website for full information and additional details.
Commenting on the announcement of the program, Ritu Mehrotra, Country Manager, Booking.com India said, “Booking Booster program has always been focused on providing a platform and an opportunity of growth to key industry innovations. We see a lot of enthusiasm in start-ups who are developing innovations that contribute to the holistic development of the industry, communities and promoting a sustainable way of travel. We are excited to be a part of the journey of these change-makers that seek to leave a lasting impact on the travel industry and contribute to the society at large.”
To celebrate the launch of the program’s third year, Booking.com also highlights four key areas of innovation being driven by start-ups addressing sustainability issues in the travel industry.