“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, apply via this link between 1 November and 2 December 2018 to be considered for the 2019 Booking Booster.
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. You can expect to be invited for an interview by 24 December 2018. Phone interviews will take place from 7-18 January 2019. Beginning, 1 February, selected scale-ups will receive an official invitation to join the programme.
*Criteria are Impact, Innovation, Growth Strategy, Financials, and Team & Leadership. For more info, check our T&Cs.
3. Accelerate your 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 your specific growth needs.
As part of the programme, you will be surrounded by an inspiring group of like-minded entrepreneurs. Located right in the heart of Amsterdam at Booking.com’s headquarters, you’ll 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, you will pitch in front of a live audience and our expert panel of judges for your 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 your pitch, you’ll be challenged to convince the judges of how your business will scale with the assistance of a grant, as well as the tremendous impact you’ll be able to have on the travel industry as a result.
With or without funding, you will continue to benefit from up to a year of ongoing mentorship from your dedicated Booking.com mentor, as well as access to our Booking.com Volunteer Programme to assist you as you continue to grow your 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 your operate and must generate revenue, but not exceeding €1.5 million annually. For more information on eligibility requirements, please read our T&Cs.