20 selected Start-ups will be shortlisted by a panel of international experts and stakeholders from the gastronomy tourism sector (public and private sector, academia, and civil society)
Validate and test
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 6th Edition of the World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism to be held in Flanders, Belgium on 1-3 June 2020.
Pitch and connect
The winning startup will have the possibility of presenting on a global platform and increasing the impact together with the support of experts from BCC and UNWTO with a tailor–made support programme in the Culinary Action! Acceleration programme. Participation in the Acceleration will include financial support for travel and accommodation expenses for up to 3.000 Euros.
Accelerate and incubate
The winning company will have the opportunity to design a pilot project with the Basque Culinary Center and implement it with the help of its network.
Implement an international pilot project
How do we evaluate projects?
The projects must be aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations and the introduction or adaptation of digital and technological elements, and focused on one (or several) of the following areas:
The projects will be evaluated on the following criteria:
We are looking for startups with a project/product/service proposal that will disrupt the sector by introducing new concepts not yet identified in the gastronomic tourism industry
We are looking for startups with a sound business model that has the potential for scalability in another environment/market/region making it feasible to increase and grow its social, technological and economic impact.
We are looking for startups in growth or seed stages that have tested their idea and have an Minimum Viable Product (MVP) tested in a real market.
We are looking for startups that have an entrepreneurial team suited to the needs and characteristics of the project, with high motivation, interest and commitment to its development.
We are looking for startups that have experience in the co-development of products/services and interest in accessing collaborations with partners in the sector.
We are looking for startups that integrate sustainability into the business model of the project, taking special care of the relationship between culture, heritage, gastronomy, tourism and economic growth.
We are looking for startups in which a technological or digital component is embedded in the business model.
Who can apply?