"Innovation in Tourism with Social Impact"

Swiss Start-Up Innovation Camp in Lucerne, Switzerland

9 November 2018


New exciting Start-Up event for young entrepreneurs, industry executives, investors and academia



Find out who are the winners of the first WTFL Swiss Start-Up Innovation Camp here!


For the first time in Switzerland, World Tourism Forum Lucerne targets to screen Swiss start-up scene and find the most innovative business models among Swiss start-ups operating in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry.

WTFL Swiss Start-Up Innovation Camp is a full day event of start-up pitches, trainings, keynote speeches and workshops for young entrepreneurs. This is not just another start-up competition - it is the exchange of ideas, the gathering of the youth and experienced leaders, as well as the push for innovation to the next level. Swiss Start-Up Innovation Camp is also in line with the "Tourism Strategy of the Swiss Confederation" and supports its special focus on start-ups in order to improve the overall productivity of Swiss tourism.


Unique opportunity for Swiss start-ups to:


  • Win the Swiss Start-Up Innovation Award of 5'000 CHF
  • Attend full-day workshop to grow as young entrepreneur
  • Present your business model to the jury, investors and industry executives
  • 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)


WTFL Swiss Start-Up Innovation Camp is a great opportunity to establish contacts within a high-ranking audience.


Impressions from the international WTFL Start-Up Innovation Camps ...

The concept of the Swiss Start-Up Innovation Camp is based on its international version. 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!

In 2018, we received over 200 applications from 54 different countries! Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018 will be held in Langkawi, Malaysia, integrated in PATA Travel Mart, on 12 September. 



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.”