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UNWTO Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge for Young Africans 2023

This is an exclusive platform being provided to innovative African youth in travel and tourism looking for funding, partnership and mentorship opportunities to present their projects to the global market place in order to find the required support for their programmes.

About World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide. UNWTOheadquarters are based in Madrid, Spain. The Secretariat is led by the Secretary-General and organized into programmes covering issues such as sust...&nb... read more

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Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge

Aim and Benefits of Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge

  • $1000.00 grant seed for the winner.
  • $500.00 grant seed for 1st & 2nd runner up.
  • Complimentary enrolment for short courses provided by UNWTO.
  • Mentorship, partnership, potential funding support and career opportunities.
  • Opportunity to be part of an established network of Africa Youth in Tourism Mentors and Innovators.

Requirements for Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge Qualification

  1. The vision, uniqueness, authenticity and rationale.
  2. Evidence of innovation in travel & tourism or related industry challenge being solved in Africa – COVID 19 era and into the future (such as technological, social entrepreneurship, educational, youth empowerment and job creation, environmental sustainability, community development, etc.)
  3. The sustainability of the impact of the project on travel and tourism, local communities and/or related industries.
  4. Timelines for the project.
  5. The kind of support required – funding, investors, mentorship, partnerships, etc.
  6. Conclusion/additional, but relevant information of not more than 500 words.
  7. Competitor required to show a demo/Minimum Viable Product (MVP) (5 min) during the presentation.
  8. Age limit – 35 years.

Interview date, Process and Venue for Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge


  1. Challenge Opens: 8th December 2022.
  2. Closing date: 28th February 2023.
  3. Adjudicators will shortlist Top 5: 10th March 2023.
  4. Shortlisted project promoters will be informed: 15th March 2023.
  5. Mentorship for elevator pitches (12 hours): 2oth March - 16th May 2023.
  6. Submission of shortlisted project promoters: 5-minute presentation at the Summit - 19th May 2023.
  7. Top 3 announced on 2nd June 2023.
  8. Competitor required to show a demo/ Minimum Viable Product (MVP) (5min) during the presentation.
  9. Winners & Runners-up announcement: At ATLF Awards in Gaborone, Botswana on 20 October 2023.

Application Deadline

February 28, 2023

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on to apply

For more details, visit UNWTO website.

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