Start-Up Innovation Camp in Langkawi, Malaysia

11-13 September 2018


Update: Find out who are the world's 15 most innovative travel, tourism and hospitality start-ups!

We received over 200 applications from 54 different countries. Overwhelmed by the number of applications and spectrum of nationalities, the jury had a difficult task to select the most promising business models. However, the following 15 Start-Ups succeeded in convincing the jury the most, above all by their innovative thinking and vision. 



Are you the rising star among Start-Ups? 

WTFL Start-Up Innovation Camp is all about the most innovative business models from tourism, travel and hospitality industry. The third Start-Up Innovation Camp will provide you with a platform to attract capital, talents and partnerships. Integrated in PATA Travel Mart (PTM), Asia-Pacific’s worldwide travel trade exhibition, Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018 gives you the opportunity to:  


  • Win the Start-Up Innovation Award of 15'000 USD
  • Present your business model to the jury, international investors and industry executives of PTM 2018
  • Qualify for "5 Minutes of Fame" at PTM 2018
  • Participate for free at PTM 2018 and all social programmes (12-14 September)
  • Attend breakfast meeting with experieced industry leaders
  • Receive deep industry know-how and advice from top experts in tourism, travel and hospitality sector
  • Participate in a coaching programme for the next 2 years
  • Become part of Start-Up Alumni Network and attend 2 yearly meetings
  • Attend World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2019 for free (winners) or reduced price (-50% for finalists, -25% for all applicants)
  • Receive free travel (for 1 person in max value of 1'000 USD) and accommodation (for 2 persons) from your start-up to Langkawi, Malaysia


Start-Ups will have the unique opportunity to establish contacts within a high-ranking audience of PATA Travel Mart and to push innovation to the next level. 


Are you investor or industry executive? 

At the Start-Up Innovation Camp you can meet the most innovative start-ups from around the world! Join us in Malaysia for a full day of start-up pitches, keynote speeches and PATA Travel Mart. Find out more information here.


Impressions from Start-Up Innovation Camp 2017 ...

Last year Start-Up Innovation Camp took place in Lucerne, Switzerland on 3 May 2017. Out of 175 start-up applications, the jury selected 16 finalists that made it to the final round. Have a look at the winners here!


Michael Ros, CEO / Co-Founder of bidroom, Winner of Start-Up Innovation Camp 2017 in category Transaction:
"We met many interesting people during the Start-Up Innovation Camp 2017. One of these people even invested in our company afterwards! Joining Start-Up Innovation Camp was definitely a great success."


Paras Loomba, Founder, Global Himalayan Expedition, 
Winner of Start-Up Innovation Camp 2017 in category Impact:
“WTFL Start-Up Innovation Camp 2017 was not only a great opportunity to meet the stalwarts of tourism sector, but also provided us with a valuable exposure to help us scale our business in sustainable tourism.”