Call to join Singapore Tourism Accelerator program

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is calling for local and international companies to join a pilot programme that aims to develop solutions to long-standing issues, as well as developing new ideas that will transform the tourism sector.

Set to run for two years, the Singapore Tourism Accelerator fast-tracks the development and scaling-up of promising solutions within a fixed period of time.

This means targeting start-ups already at the prototyping or business development stage, as well as those that have piloted a breakthrough solution in another city and are looking for opportunities to scale their solutions in the Singapore and Asian markets.

“With increasing disruption faced by the tourism sector, we are committed to help our industry partners meet the challenges and stay ahead of the competition,” said Poh Chi Chuan, director of digital transformation at Singapore Tourism Board.

“The Singapore Tourism Accelerator gives us a platform to work with companies with innovative solutions that can be applied across the industry and to enhance the overall visitor experience.”

Located on STB’s premises, the Accelerator will take in its first batch of 12 companies in October. During the first stage of the programme, companies go through workshops and informal sharing sessions, to help refine and adapt their solutions to meet the needs of Singapore’s tourism sector.

They will also be working with established industry players that include Expedia Group, Sentosa Development Corporation, SingEx Holdings, Singapore Airlines and Marina Bay Sands. At the end of three months, the solutions will be evaluated by a panel of industry members.

Selected companies will move on to the next stage where they’ll receive funding support of 70 per cent of qualifying costs, up to $25,000 per company, to testbed their solutions with an industry partner. The programme concludes with a showcase, which is where they get to pitch their business plans to industry stakeholders and investors.

To qualify, companies must already have prototype solutions or have piloted their solutions elsewhere.

Interested parties can apply via by 1 August 2019.