MIST

STARTUP

PROGRAM

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Designed for innovation-driven social enterprise and technology startups in tourism

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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 be invited to the MIST bootcamp and pitch to investors and industry experts.

 
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Nominate yourself or others for the MIST 2019 startup program today!

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

Attend an 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.

Compete to win in-kind support to help you propel your business.

WHAT’S IN IT

FOR ME?

Attend an 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.

Compete to win in-kind support to help you propel your business.

AM I ELIGIBLE?

We are seeking the most innovative, inspiring, and scaleable tourism and travel tech companies for the MIST Startup Program. 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..

MENTORS

Bart Bellers

Bart Bellers

Xpedite Ventures

 
Victor Chua

Victor Chua

Vynn Capital

 
Dr. Ian Fenwick

Dr. Ian Fenwick

Schulich School of Business

 
Dr. Mario Hardy

Dr. Mario Hardy

PATA

 
Hai Ho

Hai Ho

Triip.me

 
Timothy Hughes

Timothy Hughes

Agoda

 
Chetan Kapoor

Chetan Kapoor

Phocuswright

 
Qianyi Khor

Qianyi Khor

Quest Ventures

 
Le Tuan Anh

Le Tuan Anh

Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT)

 
Jakob Lykkegaard

Jakob Lykkegaard

Ask Ava

 
Dominic Mellor

Dominic Mellor

Asian Development Bank

 
Lu Mon

Lu Mon

Mira Travels

 
Warin Ratchananusorn

Warin Ratchananusorn

Digital Startup Institute, Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA)

 
Steven Schipani

Steven Schipani

Asian Development Bank

 
Daksh Sharma

Daksh Sharma

TravHQ

 
Stephanie Strunk

Stephanie Strunk

Amadeus Next

 
Jens Thraenhart

Jens Thraenhart

Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office

 
Hien Tu

Hien Tu

Women’s Initiative for Startups and Entrepreneurship (WISE)

 

MIST 2018

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

Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office 

mekongtourism.org