The first year of the Booking Booster concluded in June 2017.
In its first year 10 startups were invited to our 3-week Booking.com Booster Programme, had a chance to pitch for grants of up to €500,000, are receiving mentorship to help guide them in the growth and development of their businesses, and have become part of a network of organisations working to make the travel industry more sustainable.
10 startups were selected to spend 3 weeks at Booking.com headquarters in Amsterdam. Two representatives per startup had 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.
Startups that were invited to participate in the programme demonstrated 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 had 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.
Booking.com experts are currently mentoring the 10 startups in executing their scaling plan. Mentorship is available for 6 to 9 months and started during the 3-week Booster Programme in Amsterdam.