"Tourism needs an innovation ecosystem. There are many creative minds in the industry and their ideas should be developed under ideal conditions," says Marcus Salzmann, executive director of the investment company Next-Floor, which will manage the first independent European accelerator specialized for tourism and leisure activities, TACC Salzburg.
Salzburg is inviting startups with innovative ideas from the fields of tourism and leisure.
TACC is planned to start activities in March 2019 with six to eight startup companies for which they will prepare a tailored programme and ensure commercial, marketing and technical knowledge of entrepreneurs and representatives of the academic sphere. At the same time, the Salzburg accelerator will enable them access to markets and customers, it will help find paths to investors, the support environment and potential exit partners. But what is certain, assures Olav Carlsen, responsible for TACC business development, is that entering the accelerator will significantly increase the likelihood of startups’ success.
They are inviting startups from across the world. The programme of the first batch of companies, which begins on 4 March, will last three months. They are expecting applications
by 20 December this year at this link
Accelerator activities are financially supported by a wide range of companies from the industries, because that is how they are expecting to gain access to innovative ideas, talents, and a multi-layered industrial environment. "Next-Floor has quickly established itself as a reliable partner, to startups as well as investors, while simultaneously helping accelerated companies get investments," said Thomas Bodmer, responsible for investors in Next-Floor. The company has otherwise been developing innovative ecosystems since 2016.