WiT Startup Pitch Competition

The WiT’s annual Startup Pitch competition is back and is calling for entries from all over the world. Bolstered by the continuing collaboration with Amazon Web Services, this is WiT’s fourth year in the running with support from AWS Travel & Hospitality.

AWS will provide over US$ 250,000 worth of AWS credits and technical support towards WiT Startup Pitch 2021 through the AWS Activate program. This program provides startups with tools and resources to help grow and scale their businesses.

The startups will be shortlisted by a panel of judges and up to 10 shortlisted startups will pitch at the WiT Bootcamp on October 18 which will be held at WiT Singapore from October 19-20. The winner of the competition will be announced at WiT Singapore 2021 on October 20 and get an opportunity to present at the Innovation Summit at The Phocuswright Conference in Fort Lauderdale/ Hollywood, Florida to be held on 14-17 November 2021. The deadline for the applications is August 13, 2021. 

The WiT Startup Pitch is open to all travel-related startups, up to five years old. It aims to highlight innovative and revolutionary new ideas and entrepreneurial minds that push the boundaries in travel technology. Startups from all over the world are welcome to participate in the competition. WiT is looking forward to leveraging its regional editions – WiT Seoul, WiT Japan & North Asia, WiT Middle East and Africa to discover new ideas and passionate entrepreneurs.

Yeoh Siew Hoon, founder of WiT said – “Just as we know travellers will be back with a vengeance, we know every disruption brings with it great innovation and so we’re using this moment to seek out the best ideas that have either emerged out of COVID-19 or been accelerated by it. We also know that startups formed and strengthened during this period are those forged by fire – creative, courageous and resilient – and we are delighted that AWS is continuing their collaboration with us for the fourth year running.”

David Peller, managing director at AWS Travel and Hospitality said – “The WiT Startup Pitch has established a tradition of showcasing diverse, innovative solutions designed to enhance guest and traveller experiences, and remove friction from the world of travel. AWS is pleased to provide AWS credits and support to the startups competing, accelerating their growth and ability to scale through access to the broadest and deepest cloud platform with the largest global community of customers.”

Pete Comeau, managing director of Phocuswright said – “The pandemic has uncovered numerous challenges that the travel industry must overcome to emerge smarter, bolder and better. These conditions fuel fresh ideas, business models and new applications of technology and create ripe opportunities for entrepreneurs to enter the market and disrupt the status quo. Phocuswright is excited to partner with WiT to identify the most promising young companies who are poised to tackle the biggest challenges and shape the future of our great industry.”

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Komal writes about the startup ecosystem on VCBay. She is an Economics Hons. graduate from Miranda House, Delhi University, and is passionate about the world of entrepreneurship and finance.



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