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Designed for innovation-driven startups in tourism and travel tech

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Open to early-stage startups in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, or Viet Nam.

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Successful applicants will attend an all-expense-paid intensive bootcamp, where they will pitch for advanced mentorship, $20,000 in-kind support, up to $10,000 prize money, and investment

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Applications for the 2018 MIST Startup Accelerator are now closed. This free guide was written for applicants in 2018. Download to get a head start in 2019, but please note that the criteria may change.

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WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

Attend an all-expenses paid intensive bootcamp to learn startup fundamentals and meet MIST’s corps of mentors. 

Access the Mekong region’s tourism and travel tech startup ecosystem, including investors, mentors, incubators, government officials, and other startups.

Compete to get partnered with an expert mentor – and to receive six months of structure intensive mentorship.

Compete to win in-kind support to help you propel your business including all-expense-paid tailored business matching at leading regional conferences.

WHAT’S IN IT

FOR ME?

Attend an all-expenses paid* intensive bootcamp to learn startup fundamentals and meet MIST’s corps of mentors. 

Access the Mekong region’s tourism and travel tech startup ecosystem, including investors, mentors, incubators, government officials, and other startups.

Compete to get partnered with an expert mentor – and to receive six months of structured and intensive mentorship.

Compete to win in-kind support and prize money to help you propel your business including all-expense-paid tailored business matching at leading regional conferences.

AM I ELIGIBLE?

We are seeking the most innovative, inspiring, and scaleable tourism and travel tech companies for the MIST Startup Accelerator. If you can answer YES to the following questions, we invite you to apply.
Are you based in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, or Viet Nam?
Is at least one co-founder in your company from one of the countries mentioned above?
Does your company have an innovative solution for travel, hospitality, tourism, or travel tech?
Is your company at least at the MVP (minimum viable product) development stage, and have you made your first sale?
Is your company scalable, and does your business plan demonstrate this?
Does your company contribute meaningfully to gender equality or the sustainability of local communities, cultures, and the natural environment?

WHAT DOES INNOVATION LOOK LIKE?

MIST is especially looking for solutions – both tech and non-tech – in 11 areas. Successful applicants will be able to map their business models to one or more of these:
  • Personalization of the travel and hospitality experience.
  • Better security for travelers and their transactions.
  • Multimodal transportation planning and booking.
  • Regional connectivity between destinations in the Greater Mekong Subregion.
  • Better payments models throughout the travel value chain (B2C and B2B).
  • Facilities, asset, and inventory management for hotels and resorts.
  • Reduced environmental impact.
  • Enhanced customer experiences in travel and hospitality.
  • Automation in hotels and resorts.
  • Improved conversions for booking platforms.
  • Solutions for overdevelopment and “overtourism.”

Your solution need not be high-tech, but it should be innovative and scalable. Technologies of special interest are: data analytics, blockchain, IOT (internet of things), augmented and virtual reality, smart cities tech, mobile, and robotics.

TIMELINE

Applications for the 2018 MIST Startup Accelerator are now closed. Download the guide below to get a head start for 2019, but please note that the criteria may change for next year.

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MENTORS

Bart Bellers

Bart Bellers

Xpedite Ventures

Victor Chua

Victor Chua

Vynn Capital

Ian Fenwick

Ian Fenwick

Schulich School of Business

Hai Ho

Hai Ho

Triip.me

Chetan Kapoor

Chetan Kapoor

Phocuswright

Qianyi Khor

Qianyi Khor

Quest Ventures

Dominic Mellor

Dominic Mellor

Asian Development Bank

Lu Mon

Lu Mon

Mira Travels

Gordon Peters

Gordon Peters

Mekong Strategic Partners

Steven Schipani

Steven Schipani

Asian Development Bank

Daksh Sharma

Daksh Sharma

TravHQ

Stephanie Strunk

Stephanie Strunk

Amadeus Next

Alexis de Suremain

Alexis de Suremain

MAADS

Jens Thraenhart

Jens Thraenhart

Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office

Hien Tu

Hien Tu

Women’s Initiative for Startups and Entrepreneurship (WISE)

Lin Xu

Lin Xu

Cambon Partners

MEET OUR ALUMNI

READY TO INNOVATE TOURISM IN CAMBODIA, LAO PDR, MYANMAR, THAILAND, AND VIET NAM?

Mekong Business Initiative – Asian Development Bank 

16 Phan Chu Trinh, Hanoi, Vietnam

Mekong Business Initiative – Asian Development Bank 

16 Phan Chu Trinh, Hanoi, Vietnam