ITB China Startup Award

ITB china startup award

ITB China Startup Award recognizes companies that turned dreams and ideas into viable business solutions with great market potential. A total of six nominees will be pre-selected by a jury of experienced travel industry professionals and will then attend the final presentations on 13 September, from 3.30 pm to 5 pm in the conference area of ITB China 2023.

In 15-minute pitches followed by a Q&A session, nominees will have the opportunity to explain how their product will impact the future of the travel industry. The winner will be selected by the jury and will receive their ITB China Startup Award during the award ceremony. The winner will also be awarded with a nine-square-meter booth for ITB China 2024.

Who can apply?

Startup companies who launched their products less than three years ago.

How to apply?

To apply for the ITB China Startup Award competition, please submit the following information in PPT or PDF format to Ms. Xenia Zheng:

• Applicant Name
• Company Name
• Contact (Mobile & Email)
• Company Website (or WeChat/Facebook page ID)
• Business Plan, Product Description, Growth Expectation, Team Background

Deadline for applications

14 August 2023


Michael Zhu

TravelDaily Guest Commentator & Hotel Digitalization Expert

Leo Chen

RationalAI, Consultant

Statements of Judges

The innovation of the travel industry needs to adapt to the market, keep pace with the times and often rely on science and technology. I am looking forward to seeing new ideas and products that can inject new life and originality into the industry on the stage of this year’s ITB China Startup Award.

Michael Zhu, TravelDaily Guest Commentator & Hotel Digitalization Expert

Statements of Winners

SeeVoov winning the 2019 ITB Startup Awards is an incredible honor, and a great recognition for the market’s need of the SeeVoov platform. This opportunity to showcase the platform to some of the most influential leaders in the Chinese tourism market within the honorable jury and the professional audience, has provided us with prospect of establishing a substantial footprint within the Chinese travel landscape.
The jury assessment process was professional and thorough, and the organization of the event – impeccable. With the ITB Startup awards recognizing companies that might “change the future of the travel industry”, there is great responsibility on us to leverage this exposure and further our business within the market in China. ITB is renowned for its leading industry events, and we honored to be joining forces with ITB again later this year as Speaker at the ITB Asia “Travel & Tech” track.

Yosi Golan, CTO and Founder of SeeVoov

“TravelFlan, as a younger tourism-focused artificial intelligence company, participated in the ITB China Startup Award last year achieved plenty of gains. First of all, our products were highly recognized by the organizers and industry leaders, making TravelFlan stand out at ITB China and in the travel market, and fortunately won the “Tourism Startup Award”. We also benefitted from a variety of advices and guidance from the jury. Second, through ITB China, we also made a lot of friends and partners in the industry. We exchanged and collaborate through the platform, explored different approaches of cooperation, established in-depth relationships and achieved win-win strategy. We will pass on our consistent philosophy of “providing travelers with care and warmth” to the industry. We hope that our commitment would also influence more tourism practitioners, so that travelers can enjoy their journeys with more peace of mind. This year we are waiting for you at ITB China! ”

Abel Zhao, CEO of TravelFlan

“ITB China Startup Award helped participants to exhibit and present their startup projects, and also gave entrepreneurs the opportunities to network with experienced veterans and investors in the tourism industry. After a joint assessment by a professional jury and investors, Timekettle Technologies was honored to win the recognition and the final prize. After a year, I can still recall the detail-oriented work and rigorous attitude of the organizer, the globalized platform. ITB China is upcoming again in May. I wish that ITB China 2019 would also discover and find out a number of promising hi-tech projects that may drive the progress of the tourism industry!”

Qin Zi’ang, owner Founder of Shenzhen Timekettle Technologies Co., ltd