MIST NEWS

BambooLao Wins Regional Travel Startup Competition

SINGAPORE (October 19, 2018) – BambooLao from Luang Prabang, Lao PDR beat 111 entrants from across Southeast Asia to take top prize in the 2018 Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism (MIST) challenge. The elite travel startup competition, supported by the Australian...

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MIST Startup Accelerator Announces 19 Semi-Finalists

The Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism (MIST) Startup Accelerator has announced that 19 startups have qualified to join its 2018 program. The 19 startups will join a MIST Travel Startups Fundamentals Bootcamp from May 17-22 in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. The five...

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MIST Extends Application Deadline for Vietnam Startups

MIST Startup Accelerator will extend its application deadline for Vietnamese startups until March 24. The original deadline was March 10. Startups hoping to take advantage of the deadline extension still must email mist@mekongbiz.org by March 10 to announce their...

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Making Adventure Accessible with Adventure Bucket List

People are wanting to get more out of their vacations, and not just time. There is greater need for experiences to be unique, adrenaline-fueled, and something they can’t do at home. Unfortunately, many places offering such experiences don’t have an online booking...

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Business Travelers Skip Immigration Queues with Borderpass

This MIST 2017 Market Access track participant from Malaysia is simplifying business travel in ASEAN including, with MIST’s help, the Greater Mekong Subregion. Their solution aims to reduce time and stress at a stage that many people dread: immigration. Enrolled users...

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Innovation Giving Locals Power

Better wealth distribution and positive cultural understanding are two highly important values that emerge through this startup’s innovative business model. Creating jobs for locals is at the heart of it all. With help from the Australian Government supported MIST...

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Connecting Innovation with Insider Knowledge

A combination of information, imagination and initiative verified Chameleon City as another recipient of the Australian Government’s 2017 Mekong Business Initiative Innovation Grant at the MIST investor pitch in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. Boasting a globally distributed...

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Innovation in Cambodian Travel Tech Startup

Travel tech startup CamboTicket is jumping leaps and bounds. A Southeast Asian travel startup to watch. The Cambodian recipients of the Australian Government’s 2017 Mekong Business Initiative Innovation Grant, plan to expand further into Southeast Asia, while also...

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Startup Proving Innovation through Traditional Tourism 

“TAEC has found a model that promotes culture and income through a successful tourism business” Said Tara Gujadher, Co founder of TAEC, and the judges agreed. Artisan Origins by TAEC (Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre), a social enterprise from Lao PDR, are one of...

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An Innovative Solution for Myanmar Tourism

As Myanmar's tourism industry continues to rapidly expand, it is more important than ever to ensure locals can reap the benefits. GoP, our Australian government’s 2017 Mekong Business Initiative Innovation Grant winner is ensuring that local people can take advantage...

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What Makes a Tourism Startup Investible?

Travelers are more sophisticated and people want more from the destinations. Exploring like a local is becoming a necessity. It is important to know exactly what travelers need and what they are looking to get out of their adventure. Part of making a tourism start up...

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THE GALLERY

INVESTOR SHOWCASE

LUANG PRABANG, JUN 5 – 7

ROADSHOW

DA NANG, APR 5 – 7

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