Winner’s stories.
“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.”
Global Himalayan Expedition, winner Impact Category 2017

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 World Travel Awards at WTM in 2018, 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.

"WTFL was the jumpstart we needed!"
Good For Food, winner Impact Category 2018

Having received further validation from WTFL experts and mentors, Good For Food continued building upon the momentum they had participating in the Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018. Since emerging as winners of the Impact Category, Good For Food has seen a spike in client adoption, following positive media and press releases. WTFL mentor assigned to Good For Food was able to open the doors for the startup, which helped in the sales pipeline.

"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."
Bidroom, winner Transaction Category 2017

Joining Start-Up Innovation Camp was definitely a great success. With WTFL’s support and network, bidroom has grown into a world known online booking platform. In as little as two years since winning the Start-Up Innovation Camp, bidroom secured investment from the billionaire Samih Sawiris, founder of the Orascom Development Group, was announced as the Best Travel Startup in the Netherlands, has grown to over 50 employees and closed partnerships with established international companies, such as Visa.

"WTFL's Start-Up Innovation Camp was taking us to the next level, it was an unforgettable experience."
Wingly, winner Mobility Category 2018

Since winning the award, Wingly did not only double in team size, but also launched its new product version to continue its international expansion and growth in Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. WTFL network was a great asset to Wingly, opening many doors and creating a lot of valuable new knowledge.

"Being recognized by WTFL opens up doors to increased sustainable innovation in the hospitality industry."
KITRO, winner Swiss Start-Up Innovation Camp Impact Category 2018

After receiving our Swiss Start-Up Innovation Award 2018 in the Impact category, KITRO had much more encounters with relevant Swiss players. The startup is now looking forward to work more closely with one of our WTFL expert coaches, helping the startup in their stage of growth, as well as attending the World Tourism Forum in May!

“This gave us tremendous insights and networking opportunities. It was truly a valuable and exceptional experience for us.”
Igloohome, winner Hospitality Category 2018

Winning the Start-Up Innovation Award in Hospitality Category has given Igloohome the recognition and visibility as a global brand. Since then, Igloohome has expanded their smart access solutions to beyond the hospitality sector and is on track to grow 4 times year on year.

"The World Tourism Forum Lucerne networking, collaboration, and coaching is key to success!"
Rainmaker, winner Destination Category 2018

Since Rainmaker has been honored with WTFL Start-Up Innovation Award in 2018, the startup closed the year with almost double revenue, compared to 2017. WTFL's coaching, mentoring and network were of great assistance in Rainmaker’s growth process. WTFL enabled the startup to assist more tourist destinations by Rainmaker’s mission to democratize technology, create competitive advantages and to keep more tourism spend in the destination, aligned to the Tourism SDG's and the UNWTO Digital Transformation Strategy.

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