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June 29, 2017 OTA News No Comments Email Email, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, announced the award recipients of its first accelerator programme for start-ups in sustainable tourism, Booster.

Launched earlier this year, the Booster Programme was created to identify, mentor and fund promising startups dedicated to sustainable tourism in one of the following areas: protecting the environment, preserving cultural heritage and/or promoting inclusive growth in tourism that supports local economies and communities. After three weeks of workshops and intensive coaching, the 10 teams of finalists pitched their scaling plans to a live audience and panel of expert judges in Amsterdam, with Backstreet Academy being awarded this year’s top grant of €400,000 for their proposed scaling plans.

Seabin, a startup that’s co-founded by Aussie Peter Ceglinski is being awarded for €350k. In addition, Seabin was voted employee favourite, following their 30-second “bike pitch” to the company, and awarded €10k worth of credits to use on future stays.

The Seabin is an automated marina rubbish bin that collects floating rubbish, debris and oil 24/7. Water is sucked in from the surface and passes through a catch bag inside the Seabin. Water is then pumped back into the marina, trapping litter and debris in the catch bag. The Seabin has the option to use alternative power such as wind, wave or solar as a source.

“One of the most impactful learnings from Booster has been about the importance of preserving and protecting our company culture as we grow. Our future success depends on the people we choose to work in our business today. As we expand our team, we need people with the same mindset and warmth to help us bring our technology and vision for cleaner oceans to more destinations around the world,” Peter Ceglinski, Co-Founder said.

In 2017, nearly 700 startups with teams from 102 nationalities applied to join the programme. For more information about the Booster Programme, refer to the global launch release:

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