What is it?

The bootcamp is a three-day intensive mentoring session for the 20 best travel tech and traditional tourism startups. Our experts will focus on improving business plans, examining trends, promoting innovation and product development, partnership building and fundraising. 

How Did We Select Participants?

The Travel Startups Incubator, based in the United States, screened applications based on their potential for investment and the quality of their business plans. MBI experts performed additional due diligence, considering sustainability and other socio-economic criteria. Finally, selections were verified in partnership with in-country incubators and young entrepreneurs associations around the region.

Approximately half of all Startup Accelerator finalists, selected by mentors, will advance from the bootcamp to an investor showcase at the Mekong Tourism Forum in Luang Prabang on June 6, 2017. There, startups will present their business plans to media, investors and an expert judging panel. Ultimately, four will receive innovation grants of $7,000-$10,000 USD.

Explore the Key Note Presentations from the 2017 Startup Bootcamp

What Makes a Tourism Startup Investible?

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Creating an Effective Elevator Pitch

The art of crafting an elevator pitch could be closely compared to speed dating: courting interest, having a limited time window and leaving a lasting positive impression. Preparation is key. Continue Reading…

 

How Vietnam Can Win the Tourism Game

With inbound tourism in Vietnam growing at almost twice the rate of the Asia Pacific region, it would seem like the ideal time for entrepreneurs to jump into the tourism market. Continue reading…

 

 

 

Startup Bootcamp Participants

Cambodia

Book Me a Bus connects travelers and bus operators in real time, helping bus companies fill their seats and users find the most cost-effective ways to easily get around the region.

CamboTicket aggregates bus, ferry and private taxi bookings around Cambodia and Lao PDR into one platform, creating an even playing field for over 40 operators.

GuideInsider offers comprehensive in-country guidance on local sights and activities, including history, opening times, available tour guides, possible tour packages and user reviews.

Manoa connects tour providers on an integrated document manager, text messenger, rating system and digital invoicing platform to facilitate cross-border tourism collaboration across the region.

Lao PDR

Artisan Origins by TAEC offers authentic, high quality crafts from rural ethnic communities in Laos. It also includes a café and information center about handicraft communities.

Ma Te Sai preserves cultural heritage while developing skills and offering employment options for youth in Nambak. It includes a multipurpose information center and roadside café.

Passa Paa is a design and print studio in Luang Prabang creating and selling innovative Hmong-inspired textiles that promote traditional textile culture with a modern appeal.

Vietnam

Bayo’s mission is to help Vietnamese make the best travel decisions by helping them find the right travel information, right suppliers, right products and prices, and to transact with local suppliers easily.

Chameleon City is an on-demand chat-based service providing travel and lifestyle answers from local experts, 24/7.

Dichung uses technology to promote low-impact rideshare transportation options, giving drivers the chance to trade free seats in their vehicles and working with taxi companies to develop vanpools.

Hue Free Walking Tour operates the first and only walking tour of Hue that also offers add-on historical tours and hands-on experiences for independent English-speaking travelers.

I Love Asia offers women-led motorbike tours of Hoi An and Hue while supporting projects for disadvantaged communities in the cities in which they work.

Innaway is a mediator between hotels and travelers, helping hotels maximize revenue and improve quality standards, and helping travelers to travel smarter with better assistance and support.

Mimoza creates 3D virtual tours of top travel destinations, allowing potential and current tourists, travel providers and students to use virtual and augmented reality systems to learn about hotels, heritage sites, restaurants and more.

Morning Rooms is Vietnam’s largest budget hotel network, assisting economical tourists to find the right quality rooms at the price they need.

Oneclicktogo is an all-in-one trip planning website offering flight and hotel booking, guide book recommendations and a review platform, working to create a powerful tech-based tourism ecosystem that brings Mekong tourism businesses to the global market.

Tugo is a technology-based tour operator and travel community, striving to offer low-cost and reliable packages and tours around the world.

Putaleng Legend will offer diverse ecotourism experiences, adventure trekking tours and authentic ethnic cultural tours through its sustainable ecolodge.

Myanmar

Ezstay offers hotel reviews and instant booking confirmation, including for hotels and guesthouses without an online presence, broadening and simplifying accommodation bookings for travelers in Myanmar. 

 

Peace House is a travel agent, tourist operator and MICE provider. The current project, Wae-Ka-Wah community house brings together trekking, discovering WWII historic sites and exploring Mon villages.

 

GoP is an online tour platform amassing providers and options into one place, offering high-quality service, reliable bookings and instant confirmation. 

Who Are Our Mentors?

Additional Advisors courtesy of the Mekong Business Initiative (MBI)
Ngo Hong Diep (Viet Nam)
Gordon Peters (Myanmar)
Khemara Ros (Cambodia)
Sambath Sak (Cambodia)
Tin Htun Win (Myanmar)
Additional Advisors courtesy of the Danang City Incubator (DNES)
Ho Quang Dung
Le Thi Hai Yen
Vo Duy Khuong

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Mekong Business Initiative – Asian Development Bank
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