The Social Entrepreneurship Competition in Tourism is the world’s first and only competition dedicated to social innovation and entrepreneurship in tourism. As in previous years and together with leading partners, ITB Berlin 2021 sponsored and accompanied the international event again. Three years ago it was launched by Prof. Dr. Claudia Brözel, professor at Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde (HNEE). This year, besides HNEE and Travel Massive, the TUI Care Foundation, UNWTO and Social Innovation Academy (SINA) from Uganda were also involved. Their aim is to strengthen socially oriented entrepreneurship, boost its growth and provide access to markets – guided by the UN’s 17 goals of sustainable development.
From the finalists, the judges picked four winners in the categories Launch Track and Growth Track.
The Khusvegi English & Nomadic Culture Camp from Mongolia took first place in the Launch Track category, which is for new projects awaiting launch. The project will enable interested travellers to meet Kazak nomads and spend time in a traditional family, and also get a glimpse of their culture and customs. In reply, the visitors can give their hosts English lessons. Second place in this category went to Ecopreneur Evolution from Venezuela. Together with local and international partners, their idea is to make new products from collecting plastic waste.