World Tourism Forum Lucerne helps tourism-related start-ups to connect with investors, learn from industry experts and academic thought leaders, we well as grow to global markets.

The Indian Start-Up Innovation Camp 2019 is our exclusive event, where we are looking for start-ups with the most innovative social impact-based potential in the Indian Subcontinent. We are here to unleash entrepreneurship with a focus on innovation and sustainability.

What is
Social Impact
in the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality industry?

Be it revealing the harmful effects of micro plastics on tourism economy, exploring the biodiversity of our oceans, promoting inclusive tourism, dispersal of tourism or charting the devastating effects of palm oil on deforestation, understanding our changing planet is fundamental to our future wellbeing and prosperity.

From lab to real life, the inspiring impacts driven by small innovative Start-Up’s are the ones that often demonstrate the huge benefits that innovation can bring to our society and economy leading the way with transformational impact.

An international stage for you

You have the opportunity to present your business to high profile investors, industry experts and academics to get the global attention. Qualify yourself for "5 Minutes of Fame" on the main stage.


The start-up application is for free. On top, we will cover your travel and accommodation costs if selected as finalist. We hope to see you soon in Bangalore – the start-up capital of India!


Not only you will meet other start-ups, you will interact with TATA Trusts, IHCL, and other organizations active in the social impact space. Build strong networks and get an investor onboard!

WIN 10’000 USD

Win our Start-Up Innovation Award of 10’000 USD. Find out what other benefits you can receive here.


The real change has to be driven and led by entrepreneurship and innovation. Pitch your idea how to enable social impact and SDG’s in your region and become the change maker!

Global Himalayan Expedition
Winner Impact Category 2017
"The Start-Up Innovation Camp was not only a great opportunity to meet the stalwarts of the tourism sector, but also helped us to scale our business."

Attending the Camp in 2017 was GHE’s first exposure to the world of tourism, as the startup has always considered themselves as an energy enterprise, rather than a tourism one. Post engagement with WTFL, GHE has been recognized at various other international forums such as winning the Tourism for Tomorrow Award of WTTC in 2018 and the 2018 World Travel awards at WTM in London. The startup is now expanding into 2 more countries in Asia and increased their impact expeditions 3-fold to electrify more remote villages of the Himalayas in 2019.

More winner’s stories
19 Aug - 13 Oct
Submit your application

Follow the structured application questionnaire.

Apply now!

14 Oct – 18 Nov
Jury selects the best start-ups
per category

Learn about the jury. (coming soon)

18 Nov – 29 Nov
Get selected as the finalist!

Find out who are the finalists. (coming soon)

01 Dec – 15 Dec
Preparations for your travel
16 Dec – 17 Dec
Pack your bags and come to Bangalore
17 Dec - 18 Dec
Pitch your business and get coached

Learn more about the programme.

18 Dec
Join the Indian Start-Up Innovation Camp 2019 conference for free.

See conference programme here.

18 Dec
Winners pitch on the big stage of the Indian Start-Up Innovation Camp 2019 conference.

Learn about the awards.