Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge 2024 Offers $1,000 Grant for Creative African Youth

In the spirit of innovation and creativity, the Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge 2024 provides a distinctive platform for young and creative minds in the African travel and tourism sector. This initiative is crafted to support individuals seeking financial backing, partnerships, and mentorship to globally showcase their projects and garner essential support for their visionary initiatives.

Key Highlights:

1. Grant Prizes:

  • $1,000 for the winner.
  • $500 each for the 1st and 2nd runners-up.

2.  Educational Opportunities:

  • Free enrollment in short courses provided by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

3. Comprehensive Support:

  • Mentorship, partnership opportunities, potential funding, and career prospects.

4. Network Inclusion:

  • Becoming part of a well-established network of African youth in Tourism Mentors and Innovators.

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Open to African Youth:

  • Geographical inclusivity for participants.

2. Age Limit:

  • Applicants must be under 35 years old.

3. Demo Presentation:

  • Competitors must present a demo/Minimum Viable Product (MVP) (5 min) during the presentation.

Entry Requirements:

Competitors are required to articulate the following details clearly to ensure a comprehensive application:

1. Vision and Uniqueness:

Clearly define the vision, uniqueness, authenticity, and rationale behind the project.

2. Proof of Innovation:

Showcase innovation addressing travel and tourism challenges in Africa, particularly during the COVID-19 era and beyond (technological, social entrepreneurship, educational, youth empowerment, job creation, environmental sustainability, community development, etc.).

3. Sustainability Impact:

Outline the sustainability of the project’s impact on travel and tourism, local communities, and related industries.

4. Timelines:

Provide timelines for project completion.

5. Specific Support Required:

Clearly state the specific support required  funding, investors, mentorship, partnerships, etc.

6. Conclusion:

Summarize the application within a concise 500-word conclusion or provide additional relevant information.

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How to Apply:

Interested individuals can apply by visiting the official application portal (application link).


The Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge 2024 beckons creative African youth to seize this opportunity and contribute groundbreaking solutions to the challenges faced by the travel and tourism sector. With lucrative grant prizes, educational opportunities, and comprehensive support, this initiative sets the stage for transformative projects to take center stage. Aspiring innovators are encouraged to apply and showcase their visionary initiatives that can shape the future of African travel and tourism. To embark on this journey, interested candidates can apply using this (Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge 2024 Application Link).

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