2nd Edition of the UN Tourism Women in Tech Startup Competition Middle East

Deadline: 28th of June, 2024

The 2nd Edition of the UN Tourism Women in Tech Startup Competition Middle East is now accepting applications. Investing in People, Planet, and Prosperity—the UN Tourism Investment Framework—will be closely related to this year’s theme.

“Women in Tech 2nd Edition Theme: Creating a Sustainable Tourism Sector”


  • Pitch at the UN Tourism Tech Adventure in AlUla taking place in November (TBC)
  • Mentorships by UN Tourism and top partners. (TBC)
  • Invited to participants to any relevant new activities related to tourism, sustainability and business.
  • Invited to participate in the annual Gala WITH Female Leaders to be held in Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao in 2025.
  • Invitated to participate in online training events and networking meetings.
  • Tailored support for the startup.
  • Membership in the UN Tourism Innovation Network.
  • Scholarship opportunities for the Tourism Online Academy.
  • Media, PR and communications benefits.
  • Opportunities to speak as panelists and keynote in our events.

Targeted Startup:

  • Startups must be led, owned or managed by women in the Middle East, residing in any of the following countries: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen.
  • Be an Idea Stage, Early Stage, or Series A startups with a minimum viable product or idea that is ready to be developed and funded.
  • Have a full-time team, a tested pilot, and a business plan.
  • Be scalable with potential for international growth.


The competition will be divided into 3 categories: Tech categories relevant to Sustainable Tourism and connected directly to our UN Tourism Investment Framework: Investing in People, Planet and Prosperity.

  • Category 1: People & Skills | Investing in People
  • Category 2: Green Tourism & Travel Solutions | Investing in Planet
  • Category 3: Market Innovators | Investing in Prosperity

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