Tourism Technology Grassroots Innovation Incubator Programme (TTGIIP)

The Tourism Technology Grassroots Innovation Incubator Programme (TTGIIP) is a collaborative initiative between the Department of Tourism and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an agency of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). 


The TTGIIP is a two-year development programme that  supports tech-savvy entrepreneurs, between the ages of 18-35, to develop technologies to facilitate the introduction of new concepts that will revive, sustain and create jobs in the Tourism sector.


The programme aims to:

  • Inspire innovation amongst enterprises in the travel and hospitality sector,
  • Empower youth & women in tourism business operations,
  • Facilitate commercialisation and market access funding in the travel and hospitality businesses, and
  • Create new jobs and facilitate skills development.

TTGIIP focuses on four key elements of business development, namely:

  • The business management skills of the entrepreneur through skills development and training,
  • The enterprise idea and prototype design and development, business viability and market testing, regulatory compliance, business financial/ risk structure and quality standards,
  • Facilitate start-up funding and venture capital for business expansion, and
  • Facilitation of market and trade linkages for commercialisation of enterprises.

Technology advancements play a fundamental role in the growth and sustainability of tourism. The TTGIIP will create opportunities on the demand and supply side of tourism - empowering communities, promoting inclusiveness and driving the socio-economic recovery of the sector.


Meet our Tourism Innovators: 

In the 2020/2021 financial year, the Department opened the application window for entrepreneurs to participate in the TTGIIP.  Applicants were afforded an opportunity to bid and have their innovative tourism tech-solution selected and financed. The following twenty (20) entrepreneurs were selected to participate in a two-year development programme that includes idea finalisation, prototype development, a commercialisation plan, venture capital and other investment financing, market testing and eventual graduation.

​​Tourism Tech-Innovators
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