Accelerating Tomorrow's Tourism Startups

Are you ready to launch your product and make a significant impact on the tourism industry? With Rocket Booster, you’ll have the opportunity to accelerate your growth, gain invaluable insights from industry mentors, and connect with a dynamic, entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Rocket Booster

About us

Rocket Booster, an initiative by PCI · Creative Science Park – Aveiro Region, through the University of Aveiro Incubator, startUP23, and Triggr Ventures, with the support of Turismo de Portugal, is designed to fuel startups with at least one product ready to hit the market. We are dedicated to fostering the union of the entrepreneurship and tourism ecosystems in Portugal and the globe.

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Think your startup has what it takes to redefine the tourism landscape?

About the program

Empowering Tourism Startups

Rocket Booster is a comprehensive Acceleration Program designed for startups in the tourism sector with at least one market-ready product. We are committed to accelerating the growth of these startups, enhancing the entrepreneurial skills of their founders, and building a robust connection between the entrepreneurship and tourism ecosystems in Portugal.

The Rocket Booster program concludes with a rewarding Demo Day where the top 3 projects will be awarded:

On Demo Day we will also select 3 startups to attend the Investment Readiness Program (these startups may not be the top 3 projects awarded).

Are you a change-maker in the tourism industry?

Our Partners

Supporting Tourism Startups Together

Our partners play a crucial role in the success of the Rocket Booster program.
With their diverse skills and expertise, they help us offer a well-rounded and dynamic experience to the startups. We are proud to collaborate with the following organizations:

Turismo de Portugal

Turismo de Portugal is a key partner. Their deep industry knowledge and networks have been instrumental in shaping the program and providing a platform for our startups.

Universidade de Aveiro Incubator

The program is promoted by PCI · Creative Science Park – Aveiro Region, through the Universidade de Aveiro Incubator, which brings a wealth of experience in supporting innovative and technological projects with high growth potential.


startUP23 helps startups through ideation and acceleration programs and contributes to the Rocket Booster Program by sharing its expertise in startup acceleration and investment.

Triggr Ventures

Triggr Ventures is an operator-led venture builder that specialises in building and growing innovative businesses across various industries.

For Startups

Your Path to Success Starts Here

Whether you’re part of the international ecosystem or from the heart of Portugal, Rocket Booster program welcomes all innovative startups within the tourism sector that are eager to take their businesses to new heights.

Ready to fast-track your startup's growth with the best resources, mentorship, and funding opportunities?

We're searching for:

Pre-seed Startups

Startups in their nascent stages with an initial idea and conceptual validation, self-funded and with at least a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). If you have an idea that can revolutionize the tourism sector and you're ready to turn it into a reality, we want to hear from you.

Seed Startups

Startups that have secured initial investments for product development and launch, with at least a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). If you're in this phase, we can provide the resources and mentorship needed to help your startup flourish.

International Ecosystem

We reach out to global tourism startups and others that can operate in the sector. If you're based outside Portugal but have a product or service that can contribute to our thriving tourism industry, we invite you to apply.

Portuguese Ecosystem

We're dedicated to fostering growth in the local tourism startup scene. If you're a startup operating within Portugal and looking to scale, join our program and leverage our network of mentors, investors, and partners.

Ready to fast-track your startup's growth with the best resources, mentorship, and funding opportunities?

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Fostering innovation in the tourism sector

Meet our Mentors

Our mentors are the backbone of the Rocket Booster Program. With over 30 experienced professionals from a range of fields, our mentors provide personalized support, valuable insights, and industry expertise to each startup in our program.

Connect with our network of experienced mentors today!

Supporting tourism startups and transforming the industry

Workshops & Masterclasses

Our range of workshops and masterclasses are designed to provide startups with in-depth knowledge and practical skills that will help them navigate the business landscape and accelerate their growth.
  • Building a Strong Brand Identity: 9 October
  • Effective Digital Marketing Strategies: 11 October
  • User Experience (UX): 16 October
  • Design Thinking for Product Innovation: 18 October
  • Product Metrics: 25 October
  • Customer Acquisition and Retention Strategies: 2 November
  • Data Analytics and Insights: 8 November
  • Effective Sales and Revenue Management: 20 November
  • Scaling and Growth Strategies: 27 November
  • Financial Planning and Fundraising Strategies: 29 November
  • How to Pitch: 6 December
  • Product Design and User-Centered Innovation: 23 October
  • Building a Data-Driven Culture for Business Success: 30 October
  • Sustainable Tourism Practices and Responsible Travel: 6 November
  • Technology and Innovation in the Tourism Industry: 22 November
  • Leadership and Team Building for Startup Success: 4 December


Three Startups Will be Selected to Attend the Investment

  • Readiness Program: Starting on January 8, 2024. 

This program will have “Pitch to Investors + Q&A” sessions, “Founder’s Talks” and 1-to-1 “Mentorship” with investors.

Ready to take your startup to the next level?

Launch Your Startup to Success

Rocket Booster invites all innovative startups in the tourism sector to apply for our acceleration program. We are eager to discover and support startups that aim to reshape the tourism landscape. Let’s launch your startup together!

Here are some important dates:
Eligibility Criteria

The startup must operate within the tourism sector.
The startup must have at least one product ready to be tested or implemented in the market.
Startups from any location are eligible to apply, but those from the Portuguese ecosystem are strongly encouraged.

We'd love to hear from you
Contact us

Have a question about the Rocket Booster Program? Interested in partnering with us or want to become a mentor? We’d love to hear from you. Reach out to us via the contact details below or fill out the contact form.