WELCOME TO TIA
The Tourism Innovation Academy
What is the Tourism Innovation Academy project?
Tourism Innovation Academy (TIA), under the umbrella of the Tourism Support Center Foundation (TSC) targets the development of the tourism sector, by fostering a tourism start-up ecosystem and providing extensive entrepreneurship support.
The Tourism Innovation Academy supports entrepreneurs with relevant skills, knowledge as well as access to networks and the opportunity to compete in both national and global markets.
From 2020-2022, this project was implemented with funding from EU4Business, the German Development Cooperation GIZ Armenia (GIZ), and in partnership with the Tourism Support Center, and Impact Hub Yerevan.
The Challenge and Objectives
There is a lack of innovative approaches to tackling issues in the Republic of Armenia’s tourism sector. There is a need to build and develop a tourism startup ecosystem, and create an environment for growing investable, scalable and replicable projects.
Tourism Innovation Academy works to promote tourism ventures with a dedicated approach, nurturing the pipeline of successful business concepts into viable projects. TIA prepares and activates tourism startups providing systematic entrepreneurship assistance and promotion, regardless of the stage of their business.
The main objective of the TIA Project is to implement a successful Incubation Program, Pre-Acceleration Program, Acceleration Program and beyond, all with the goal to activate startups and validate ideas, nurturing the pipeline of successful business concepts.
We provide systematic and continued entrepreneurship assistance to tourism startups and ventures throughout each phase. TIA’s team supports the development of ideas and uplifts existing solutions further helping them to build on their strengths and overcome hurdles in the process.
We are ready to support tourism industry startups and initiatives regardless of their stages. We are open to working with teams with innovative tourism ideas, emerging businesses, startups as well as established businesses.