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Nearly 700 startups with teams from 102 countries applied to join the first ever Booster Programme, for a chance to pitch for grants of up to €500k – AUSTRALIA MAKES THE CUT

Today, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, announced the 10 startups that will join its new accelerator programme, Booster. The goal of the programme is to identify, mentor and fund enterprising startups from around the world that are seeking to have a positive impact on the global tourism industry. The 10 selected ventures will participate in a 3-week programme in June 2017 in Amsterdam that culminates with a chance to pitch to a panel of and industry experts for grants of up to €500,000 from

“We are so impressed with the amazing diversity and quality of applications that we received for the Booster Programme. The incredible passion and genuinely innovative business concepts we saw from startups from practically every corner of the globe was truly inspiring,” said Gillian Tans, CEO of “I can’t wait to get to know these 10 startups better and see how we can help them to accelerate their growth plans in order to bring their vision for sustainable tourism to even more destinations around the world.”

The 10 sustainable travel startups that will be joining Booster in June 2017 are:

MovingWorlds (USA & Colombia)

Authenticook (India)

Backstreet Academy (Singapore and Southeast Asia) (USA)

Awake (Colombia)

Seabin (Australia & Spain)

MEJDI Tours (Israel & Palestine)

Desolenator (UK)

Local Alike (Thailand)

Good Hotel (Guatemala, UK & Netherlands)

Nearly 700 startups with teams from 102 nationalities applied to join the programme, with the United States, India, the Netherlands, Russia and Italy topping the list for the highest numbers of applicants.

For more information about the Booster Programme, refer to the launch release available on our global media room:

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