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Booking.com Booster


READY TO BOOST YOUR GROWTH?

Apply to join Booking Booster, Booking.com’s 3-week startup accelerator programme, and compete for a chance to receive a grant of up to €500,000 to promote
sustainable tourism.

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Booking.com Booster


READY TO BOOST YOUR GROWTH?

Apply to join Booking Booster, Booking.com’s 3-week startup accelerator programme, and compete for a chance to receive a grant of up to €500,000 to promote
sustainable tourism.

 

About Booking Booster

Booking.com is the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, and we want to give our customers the best experience in every destination they travel to.

For the past three years we have contributed to improving destinations all over the world by volunteering our time and expertise through the Booking Cares Volunteer Programme. Our 13,000+ employees have been making a difference by partnering with local organisations that are working on sustainable tourism initiatives all across the globe.

With our Booking Booster Programme, we now aim to turn tourism into a force for good by supporting a select group of extraordinary startups as they look to scale their businesses and impact globally, working together toward a more sustainable future for the global tourism industry.

 

 

 
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How we help you


THE PROGRAMME

How we help you


THE PROGRAMME

Successful applicants will be invited to our 3-week Booking.com Booster Programme, have a chance to pitch for grants of up to €500,000, receive mentorship to help guide them in the growth and development of their businesses, and become part of a network of organisations working to make the travel industry more sustainable.

 

Booster Programme

Between 8 and 12 startups will be selected to spend 3 weeks in June 2017 at Booking.com headquarters in Amsterdam. Two representatives per startup will have the opportunity to learn about scaling their business, growing and measuring their social impact, organisational growth, marketing, enhancing their value proposition, investing, financial practices and more.

Financial Support

Startups that are invited to participate in the programme must demonstrate that they are ready to scale their businesses and to have a positive impact on multiple destinations. At the end of the 3-week programme in Amsterdam, they will have the opportunity to pitch their scaling plan to our judges and ask for a grant of anywhere between €100-500k to execute their plan. Read more in the Terms & Conditions.

Mentorship

Booking.com experts will be available to mentor startups in executing their scaling plan. Mentorship will be available for 6 to 9 months, starting during the 3-week booster programme in Amsterdam.


 

 

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Who's it for?


 WHO'S IT FOR?

Who's it for?


 WHO'S IT FOR?

 

We're supporting
ambitious startups

that use their business as a means to improve destinations around the world. Through our Booking.com Booster Programme, we identify and empower startups that positively impact the environment; social businesses that are creating an enriched destination experience by promoting and preserving cultural heritage; and unique enterprises that are supporting local communities in the tourism industry.

 

 
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Apply today


APPLY

Apply today


APPLY

 

Applications closed on
March 1st 2017

Sorry you have missed the chance to apply to our Booster Programme.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us. 

 

 
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What happens next?


GET SELECTED

What happens next?


GET SELECTED

1. Apply

Send in your application between January 23 and March 1, 2017.

2. Review

Each application will be reviewed against our criteria (learn more here) and the most promising startups will be shortlisted.

3. Phone Interview

After March 1, we will get in touch with shortlisted applicants to schedule a phone interview.    

4. Invitation

In early April 2017, 8 to 12 startups will be selected and invited to join the 3-week Booking.com Booster Programme, taking place from June 5-23, 2017 in Amsterdam.

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About the Booster program


THE 3-WEEK BOOSTER PROGRAMME

About the Booster program


THE 3-WEEK BOOSTER PROGRAMME

Learn, grow and connect

The Booster Programme has been designed in collaboration with our partner organisation Impact Hub, a global network specialised in social enterprising, filled to the brim with knowledge on how to scale your business whilst making an impact.

 

Week 1

We’ll start the first week of the programme by getting to know each other and each other’s ventures. You’ll learn about scaling readiness, organizational growth and agility, Amsterdam as an impact destination, trends in the tourism sector and due diligence. You’ll meet Booking.com’s founder, our CEO, as well as the judges and mentors.

Week 2

During the second week, expert trainers and inspirational speakers from Impact Hub and Booking.com will share their knowledge on strategic marketing, storytelling, go-to-market strategy, scaling models, developing an impactful value proposition, finance and investment propositions. There will be pitching advice and time to work on - and practice - your pitch.

Week 3

The last week of the programme is about impact measurement, meeting inspiring entrepreneurs, as well as finalizing your scaling plan and pitch presentation in preparation of The Final Pitch. There will also be time to work with your mentor and get 1-to-1 support.

 
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The final pitch


THE FINAL PITCH

The final pitch


THE FINAL PITCH

 

Pitch your scaling plan

At the end of the 3-week Booster Programme, in front of a live audience of Booking.com experts, entrepreneurs and change makers, you’ll have the opportunity to pitch your scaling plan to our panel of judges who will decide how the grants of up to €500,000 are awarded.

 
 
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Want to know more?


 WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Want to know more?


 WANT TO KNOW MORE?

 

 

Check out our FAQ section or drop us a note.

 

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