Climate Tourism Challenge


A national competition to inspire & train
the next generation of entrepreneurs
and sustainability professionals in the travel and tourism industries in Taiwan. 



Eligibility

STUDENTS
(Conceptual)

  • All group members are current enrolled in a post-secondary institution in Taiwan recognized by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education
  • Enrolled in under-graduate, Masters or PhD programs
  • Group members must be legal residents or students in Taiwan

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
(Implement-Ready)

  • All group members must be aged under 30 years old.
  • All group members must be legal residents of Taiwan.

Submission Format Guidelines

  • All proposals must be submitted in English.
  • A creative proposal between #-# pages (excluding front cover, table of contents, references and appendix).
  • The file should be submitted in PDF format; the size of this file should be less than 20MB.
  • Proposals can only be submitted under one of the categories outlined below

The content of submissions should include:

  • Introduction & Problem Definition
  • Goals & Objectives
  • Background & Source of Creative Ideas
  • Market and Feasibility Study
  • Core Product/Service & Creative Features
  • Expected Results
  • Financial Considerations

Categories for Submission

Submissions must align with one or more of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals

LOCAL COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT 

Proposals that focus on communities and illustrate potential to empower local stakeholders, stimulate local economies and improve the economic conditions and quality of life of low-income and vulnerable populations, as well as indigenous communities throughout Taiwan.

  • SDG 1 – NO POVERTY
  • SDG 2 – ZERO HUNGER
  • SDG 3 – GOOD HEALTH & WELL-BEING
  • SDG 8 – DECENT WORK & ECONOMIC GROWTH
  • SDG 11 – SUSTAINABLE CITIES & COMMUNITIES

PROTECT NATURAL ECOSYSTEMS

Proposals that address the conservation, preservation or regeneration of Taiwan’s natural ecosystems while developing operations with more efficient energy, water, and waste management systems.

  • SDG 6 – CLEAN WATER & SANITATION
  • SDG 7 – AFFORDABLE & CLEAN ENERGY
  • SDG 13 – CLIMATE ACTION 
  • SDG 14 – LIFE UNDER WATER
  • SDG 15 – LIFE ON LAND

EQUALITY, EMPOWERMENT & EDUCATION

Proposals that improve equality and inclusivity, with particular focus on the lowest paid and lowest status jobs in the tourism industry. Other areas of focus could be various skills development and its contribution to creating value-added jobs.

  • SDG 4 – QUALITY EDUCATION 
  • SDG 5 – GENDER EQUALITY
  • SDG 8 – DECENT WORK & ECONOMIC GROWTH

PROTECT NATURAL ECOSYSTEMS

Proposals that address the conservation, preservation or regeneration of Taiwan’s natural ecosystems while developing operations with more efficient energy, water, and waste management systems.

  • SDG 6 – CLEAN WATER & SANITATION
  • SDG 7 – AFFORDABLE & CLEAN ENERGY
  • SDG 13 – CLIMATE ACTION 
  • SDG 14 – LIFE UNDER WATER
  • SDG 15 – LIFE ON LAND

Criteria & Evaluation

CLIMATE IMPACT (30%)
Relevance of business idea and potential benefit of the project to the environment

  • If the business is successful, will it have a significant impact on the environment and biodiversity?
  • To what degree will the business idea affect the climate?
  • Young Professional-Specific Criteria:
    • How does the project/business intend to measure its impacts on climate?

CONTRIBUTION TO SDGs (25%)
Ability of the project/business idea to contribute to the SDGs

  • Does the project align with one or more of the SDGs?
  • To what degree will the project/business idea support the SDGs?
  • Young Professional-Specific Criteria:
    • How does the project/business intend to measure progress towards SDGs?

CREATIVITY OF SOLUTION (10%)
The degree of innovation and novelty of the idea

  • Has there been a similar idea beforehand?
  • Does the project offer new, creative solutions to solve existing problems?
  • To what extent does it improve existing products or business models currently in the market?
  • To what degree does the project/business idea change the tourism industry?

EXECUTION & FINANCIAL STRATEGY (15%):
The plan for the execution of the business idea and for financial funding

  • Is the business model sound and realistic? Does the team have a coherent and well-structured execution plan?
  • Does the business plan offer realistic assumptions on scaling production of the product/service?
  • Does the team have clear and viable ideas about how to finance the company?
  • Young Professional-Specific Criteria:
    • Are financial and business growth forecasts realistic?

MARKET & CUSTOMER KNOWLEDGE (15%)
The reflection of market and customer knowledge in the business plan

  • Does the team demonstrate thorough knowledge of the market they are entering (e.g. market size, competitive landscape, substitutes, stakeholders, regulatory and policy framework)?
  • Does the team understand the customers and their needs?
  • Are there realistic plans to deal with possible competitors?
  • Young Professional-Specific Criteria:
    • Does the team have a long-term strategy?
    • Does the team demonstrate evidence of demand for the product?
    • Was primary customer research carried out to support market assessment?

TEAM COMPOSITION, CHEMISTRY, AND COMMITMENT (5%)
The strengths & weaknesses of the team

  • Are the team members working well together? Are responsibilities spread equally among the various team members?
  • Young Professional-Specific Criteria:
    • Does the team have a well-balanced mix of expertise and backgrounds (e.g. technological, entrepreneurial, business, policy)?
    • Does the team appear to be committed to stay together for the short to medium term?
    • Does the team have a clear strategy to cope with future growth, including adding new members to the management team, as necessary?

Timeline

LaunchDeadline for
Submissions
Announcement of
winning projects
Demo Day
& Celebration
August 2022November 28th, 2022December 2022January 2023

Project Leads


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