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Stairway to Travel winner of UvA Startup Challenge 2017


Student startup Stairway to Travel took home a €5.000 cash prize from UvA Holding at the UvA Startup Challenge finale. Over the past year, we made a call for startups from each UvA faculty to pitch their ideas to us.


Selecting the best UvA startups

In five semi-final rounds, we selected startups from each faculty to continue on to the finals! Finalists from the Faculty of Economics & Business, Social Sciences, Science & Information, Humanities and Law competed against each other in the Zuiderkerk Amsterdam during the Let’s Get Started student career event on May 3rd. All the startups delivered great 5-minute pitches in front of an expert jury, consisting of representatives from UvA Holding, Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA) and Accenture.

Meet the finalists

Stairway to Travel:

An online search tool that provides customers with
unique travel destinations based on indicated preferences
– Faculty of Science


An online marketplace to buy and sell (on- and offline)
courses, workshops and training sessions
– Faculty of Economics and Business

ERIS journal for Humanities:

A journal for undergraduate students of humanities, in
which students can publish their papers in magazine-format
– Faculty of Humanities


Offering workshops and measuring the quality of
sleep for schools and businesses
– Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences 


An online legal app for students and
legal professionals
– Faculty of Law 

Winning team

Stairway to Travel, representing the Faculty of Science & Information, took home the grand prize with their algorithm-based tool for customized travel advice. With the money, they plan to continue to develop their algorithm, test their product and expand their services to a wider audience. In addition to a €5.000 cash prize, Stairway to Travel received €5.000 worth of consultancy hours from Accenture.

UvA Startup Challenge is an initiative of UvA Holding, in collaboration with Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA) and ACE Venture Lab.