Transforming Tourism: UNWTO Global Startup Competition Winners Announced

The competition, which was supported by the United Nations Innovation Network, attracted some 10,000 initial proposals. From these, the jury chose 25 winners from 18 countries, highlighting the array of tourism talent in every global region and its widespread ability to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Shortlisted finalists were judged according to criteria which included the potential of the startups to contribute to a specific Goal, their ability to be scaled-up and the maturity of both the product and the team behind it.

The 25 winning startups, selected by a jury made up of leaders from across the tourism sector, offer distinct solutions for advancing the SDGs. The Americas led the way in submitting winning proposals, with nine of the competition winners coming from the region. Europe provided eight winners, Asia and the Pacific six, and Africa and the Middle East one winner each.

By embracing innovation, we can realise this potential and build a better future for people and planet through tourism.

The winners and the SDG that the startup will help advance are as follows:

SDG1 – No poverty

Etnica (Guatemala)

SDG2 – Zero hunger

Ifarm Agritech (Kenya)

SDG3 – Good health and well-being


SDG4 – Quality education

Immersion India (India)

SDG5 – Gender equality

Sisterwave (Brazil)

SDG6 – Clean water and sanitation

ECOLOO Greentech Malaysia SDN BHD(Malaysia)
Zero Mass Water (United States of America)

SDG7 – Affordable and clean energy

BeFC (France)
Enexor BioEnergy(United States of America)

SDG8 – Good jobs and economic growth

Clio Muse Tours PC (Greece)
Community Homestay Network (Nepal)

SDG9 – Industry, innovation and infrastructure

DefinedCrowd (United States of America)
FREED GROUP (aka TravelFlan) (Hong Kong)

SDG10 – Reduced inequalities

Travaxy – accessible travel (Israel)

SDG11 – Sustainable cities and communities

Metrica6 (Spain)
Tobadaa (Egypt)

SDG12 – Sustainable consumption and production

Lumitics (Singapore)

SDG13 – Climate action

ClimateTrade (Spain)
Opus 12, Inc. (United States of America)
Safety Line (France)

SDG14 – Life below water

Seven Clean Seas (Singapore)

SDG16 – Peace, justice and string institutions

Impulse Travel (Colombia)

SDG17 – Partnerships for the goals

Nibi (Colombia)

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