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2nd Global

Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition


Transforming Gastronomy Tourism through Innovation

UNWTO in collaboration with the Basque Culinary Center launch the 2nd Global Competition for Gastronomy Tourism Startups

Identify challenges and projects, and catalyzing innovations that can transform the Gastronomy Tourism sector in the near future.




28th January 2020

Competition launched

30 May 2020

Deadline for applications

30 June 2020

Selection and announcement of the 5 finalists

December 2020

Final pitch session and announcement of winner

Innovation in Social Impact

28th January 2020

Competition launched

30 May 2020

Deadline for applications

December 2020

Announcement of winner.


Most disruptive:

A platform that gives access to culinary traditions through experiences (cooking with locals), content (traditional recipes and stories that highlight local food traditions), and products (a curation handcraft culinary products).

A trusted one-stop shop food tourism agency for foodies (guide and tour). This gastronomic platform includes a holistic business model strategy that can be replicated for small and medium restaurants that include: new revenue streams and business executions that are not traditional.

Aims to revitalize the local economy by creating local food ingredient tour content: with locals who produce local ingredients, re-branding and create local foodie tour content with food ingredient, advertise for tourist to travel the local and consume local´s food ingredients and share revenue with the local business owners.

Startup supporting top-quality independent restaurants attracting the corporate client, increasing their average price and mid-week traffic, giving the best service while controlling, studying and reducing their costs. All this is backed up by a revolutionary technical platform which connects B2B the corporate clients.

EATour is a start-up born from a university research project for the listing of greenhouse gas emissions in the agri-food chain and the certification of sustainable dishes in catering through blockchain technology. EATour aims to create rewards for sustainable supply chains, to create business opportunities for companies engaged in responsibility actions and to involve companies, hotels and the general public through food on the meaning of the actions of companies and individuals in support of the fight against changes climate.

Social Impact winner:

Platform that allows local communities in Africa share authentic local food and cuisine experiences. The platform intends to support specifically the conservation of local ingredients and the relationship between culture, heritage, gastronomy, tourism and economic growth across Africa starting in Kenya.

finalists from 2019

These are the 5 finalists of the 1st Global Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition


Terms and conditions

It is a global initiative that aims to identify startups with the greatest potential to outline the future and promote sustainable innovation in the tourism and gastronomy sector.

We are looking for startups with most disruptive ideas focused on solving real needs in the tourism and gastronomy sector with a responsible approach.

In particular, we are targeting startups that are:

  • In the Early Stage or Series A Stage
  • Both for-profit and non-profit
  • Natural or legal persons
  • Startups with a minimum viable product (MVP)
  • Startups with potential for scalability
  • Startups with a sustainable vision
  • Innovation and disruptiveness
  • Potential impact and scalability
  • Initially validated or tested business model
  • Suitable and committed team
  • Partnership Readiness
  • Social impact (Depending on the category)
  • Technological or digital component (depending on the category)

Travel and accommodation for two nights in Flanders, Belgium valid for 1 representative per team of the 5 selected finalists and the selected startup from the innovation in social impact to attend the World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism

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.

BCC is a pioneering global academic institution that comprises the Faculty of Gastronomic Sciences attached to Mondragon University and a Center for Innovation and Research. The aim of the BCC is higher education, research, innovation and promotion of gastronomy and food and it is working to promote gastronomy as a lever for socio-economic development through its actions.

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