UNWTO African Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge 2024

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This platform is exclusively offered to innovative African youth in travel and tourism seeking funding, partnerships, and mentorship opportunities to showcase their projects globally, seeking essential support for their initiatives.


To avoid disqualification, clearly outline the following aspects:

  • Vision, uniqueness, authenticity, and rationale behind the project.
  • Demonstration of innovation addressing travel and tourism challenges in Africa, particularly in the COVID-19 era and beyond. This may include technological, social, educational, youth empowerment, job creation, environmental sustainability, community development, etc.
  • The projected sustainability and impact on travel and tourism, local communities, or related industries.
  • Timelines detailing the project’s implementation.
  • Types of support required, whether funding, investors, mentorship, partnerships, etc.
  • Concluding remarks or additional, relevant information within a 500-word limit.
  • A demo/Minimum Viable Product (MVP) presentation (5 min) is mandatory during the competition.
  • Age limit: 35 years.


  • Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2024.
  • Adjudicators will select the top 5 candidates by March 22, 2024.
  • Shortlisted project promoters will be notified on March 29, 2024.
  • Elevator pitch mentorship sessions (12 hours): April 10–May 16, 2024.
  • Shortlisted project promoters will present 5-minute presentations at the summit on May 15, 2024.
  • Top 3 projects announced on May 31, 2024.
  • Winners and runners-up revealed at the ATLF Awards in Gaborone, Botswana, in October 2024


  • $1000.00 grant seed for the winner.
  • $500.00 grant seed for the 1st & 2nd runner-up.
  • Access to free enrollment in short courses offered by UNWTO.
  • Guidance through mentorship, potential partnerships, funding support, and career avenues.
  • Opportunity to join a well-established network of African youth in Tourism Mentors and Innovators.

Application Process:

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Application Deadline: March 1st, 2024

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