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Startups offering new travel solutions will be helped to create an effective and in-demand business.

The capital opened accepting applications for the second season of the Moscow Travel Factory, a tourist accelerator for startups. They are accepted from July 15 to August 3 at website… The start of the program is scheduled for August 18, and the final will be a large-scale demo day on October 22. Startups, teams and entrepreneurs who create new products, services and make decisions in such areas as gastronomic, youth and sustainable tourism (including inclusive), development of the MICE industry (corporate events), informational (media) can participate in the accelerator. ) products in tourism and traveltech solutions to improve the user experience of a tourist in Moscow.

“Participants will have master classes and consultations. They will have the opportunity to communicate with experts: a series of meetings in the speed dating format will take place, including with investors. During the training, the finalists will be able to create pilot projects together with accelerator partners and receive support in their promotion, ”she said.

Natalia Sergunina, Deputy Mayor of Moscow.

The accelerator training program consists of six modules that cover all stages of launching a successful project and startup in tourism – from market strategy to unit economics (a method of economic modeling that helps to determine the success of a business through calculating the profitability of a unit of goods or one client).

Moscow Travel Factory experts include specialists from technology companies, marketing and business. The program is available not only to startups, but also to representatives of the capital’s tourism business. This will allow them to acquire new skills and expand competencies to improve the products and services of Moscow. The tutorial will be available after registration at website.

The accelerator’s partners include leading tour operators (Alean, TUI), hotel chains (Accor Group, Marriott), travel aggregators (Amadeus, Ozon.Travel, Wildberries Travel) and display objects (Polytechnic Museum, VDNKh).

Demoday will be the final of the accelerator. At it, participants will be able to present their projects to potential partners, investors and representatives of cultural institutions, meet with specialists of the tourism industry, start negotiations on cooperation or a pilot launch.

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Moscow Travel Factory is the acceleration program of the Moscow Tourism Committee for tourism products, services and IT solutions. Young teams and entrepreneurs are helped to develop their startups in the early and middle stages. The first enrollment in the program took place in 2020 – it became an impetus and a tool to accelerate changes in the new tourist market of Moscow.

According to the results of the last year’s accelerator, the participants received marketing grants for the development of their projects, investments from partners and high marks from experts. In total, 257 applications were submitted for participation from startups and 670 from regular students of the program. 33 teams made it to the finals. demode

One of the participants in the 2020 accelerator, the travel budget planning service HowMuchTravel, was valued by the world’s leading venture capital fund Starta Ventures in 2021 with two million dollars. Also among them is the inclusive tourism platform, an online service that helps people with disabilities plan their trip around the city. In 2021, it became one of three projects from all over Russia to receive a grant from the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. Startup – real walks with virtual guides. This service is a partner of Russpass, offering a route with a virtual guide.

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