Early Stage or Series A? Apply for UNWTO Global Gastronomy Startup Competition 2019

Deadline for application is Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) is inviting ventures at Early and Series A stages to apply for the maiden edition of its Global Gastronomy Startup Competition 2019 in collaboration with the Basque culinary centre (BCC).

Launched on Wednesday,17 October 2018, the competition is a global initiative that hopes to identify startups with the greatest potentials to outline the future and promote sustainable innovation in the tourism and gastronomy sector.

The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

As the leading international organisation 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 everywhere in the world.


  • 20 Startups will be shortlisted by a panel of international experts and stakeholders from the gastronomy tourism sector (public and private sector, academia, and civil society)
  • The 5 finalist startups will have a sponsored trip to pitch their idea to a panel of experts, governments, industry leaders and international investors who will attend the 5th edition of the World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism be held in Spain on May 2019.
  • The winning company will have the opportunity to design a pilot project with the Basque Culinary Centre and implement it with the help of its network.

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