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.
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.
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
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
– Faculty of Law
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.