Booking.com accelerator offers up big business grants to promote sustainable tourism
A new startup accelerator programme has begun accepting applications from entrepreneurs looking to promote environmentally’sustainable tourismaround the world.
The Booster accelerator, launched by holiday planner Booking.com, will provide mentoring and funding between 100-£500, 000 for startups that are ‘seeking to have an innovative, positive impact on the global tourism industry.
The three-week programme, based in Amsterdam, is available to startups registered as for-profit with no more than 1.5m in annual turnover.
Commenting on the launch of the programme, Gillian Tans, Booking.com CEO, said: Through Booking.com Booster, we want to help ventures in’sustainable tourismaccelerate their growth in order to maximise the impact they can have globally.
While applicants must be driven by’sustainable tourism, ?startups should also be able to demonstrate a business model that can successfully scale up.
Booking.com has outlined three points to its acceptance criteria:
A proven business model with demonstrable local impact
A desire to turn tourism into a force for good
A willingness to learn from and share experiences with other startups
by identifying and funding these outstanding startups, sharing our expertise and working together, we can explore and learn how best to protect the future of the destinations we love so much, Tan added.
Praseeda Nair is the editorial director of Business Advice, and its sister publication for growing businesses, Real Business. She's an impassioned advocate for women in leadership, and likes to profile business owners, advisors and experts in the field of entrepreneurship and management.
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