The Outdoor Journal & Voyage was the top adventure travel marketplace, winning the second-largest grant award of €20,000 from Booking.com Booster Lab program in Barcelona. Eleven early-stage global startups were selected from 265 applicants and put through an intense working weekend, culminating in a final pitch before an audience and jury.
“We’re thrilled for this support from one of the world’s leading travel tech giants, to help us connect travelers with the most sustainable local companies worldwide and make a positive impact on developing economies while promoting wilderness conservation” – Apoorva Prasad, CEO & Editor-in-Chief of The Outdoor Journal & Voyage
Jury member and Regional Hotels Manager, Mireia, arrived to the stage to announce the jury’s difficult decision. Nexto received their full scaling funding needs and were granted €25,000. CloudGuide and the Outdoor Journal & Voyage received the second largest grants of €20,000. TripUniq received a grant of €15,000 and both Xmigrations and Alternative Athens were awarded grants of €10,000.
Pioneers Discover presented startup subcultours and STUDIOMAPP with tickets to Pioneers’18 hosted in Vienna in May, another great networking, learning, and growth opportunity.
The other startups don’t go away empty handed – they each received vouchers towards Booking.com accommodations.