“There is a genuine sense of commitment from Booking.com not only during, but also after the programme. As an alumni company, Desolenator continues to enjoy support from people across the organisation. Highly recommended!”
Booster 2017 Participant
How it works.
We are looking for innovative startups ready to scale who are contributing to a more sustainable travel industry. If that sounds like you, stay up to date for the next call for applications. You can sign up to our mailing list via our contact form.
For the nitty gritty details of eligibility and the programme itself, please check out our T&Cs.
2. Get Selected
Each application is reviewed against our selection criteria* and the most promising scale-ups will be shortlisted. Once shortlisted, applicants are invited for a phone interview. Based on the phone interview and written application, applicants are selected for the 3-week programme.
*Criteria are Impact, Innovation, Growth Strategy, Financials, and Team & Leadership. For more info, check our T&Cs.
3. Accelerate Impact
From April 23 to 10 May 2019, 8-10 selected scale-ups will come together in Amsterdam to take part in the Booking Booster programme, featuring workshops and trainings, as well as one-on-one mentoring and expert sessions from the best experts from Booking.com, tailored to their specific growth needs.
As part of the programme, they will be surrounded by an inspiring group of like-minded entrepreneurs. Located right in the heart of Amsterdam at Booking.com’s headquarters, they will be able to soak up our unique company culture and join a community of changemakers representing the full spectrum of the travel industry.
4. Final Pitch Event
On 9 May 2019, our startups will pitch in front of a live audience and our expert panel of judges for their chance to get a share of the zero-equity €2 million fund that’s up for grabs. With the learnings from the three-week accelerator programme fueling their pitch, they’ll be challenged to convince the judges of how their business will scale with the assistance of a grant, as well as the tremendous impact they’ll be able to have on the travel industry as a result.
With or without funding, all startups will continue to benefit from up to a year of ongoing mentorship from their dedicated Booking.com mentor, as well as access to our Booking.com Volunteer Programme to assist them as they continue to grow their impact.
Who can enter?
We support ambitious scale-ups that use their business as a means to support destinations around the world. Through our Booking.com Booster Programme, we identify and empower scale-ups that help relieve pressure on overcrowded tourist areas, businesses that positively impact the environment and social ventures that are supporting local communities in the tourism industry.
To apply, your scale-up must be registered as a for-profit entity in the country you operate and must generate revenue, but not exceeding €1.5 million annually. For more information on eligibility requirements, please read our T&Cs.