Tulavo Participates in the Travel Tech For Good East African Bootcamp.

Tulavo, an African continental online marketplace for affordable travel accommodation is one of the 4 East African companies which participated in the Travel Tech For Good Accelerator program from Empact.

Tulavo is a solution that automates low cost, secure self-contained rooms all-over Africa to allow travellers get a deeper access to the remote Africa where there is limited internet connectivity and modern banking services.

The Travel Tech for Good (TT4G) is a coaching program for entrepreneurs in the tourism space to support them with their business and growth. The program is powered by TUI Care Foundation and enpact e.V with funding from the United Nations World Tourism Organization – UNWTO.

In 2020, global travel warnings and restrictions due to the lockdown related to the pandemic had a massive impact on the tourism ecosystem, especially on startups operating in this space.

In December 2020, Empact e.V launched the second edition of their Travel Tech for Good program which was held in East Africa to support the startups throughout the pandemic. Over the course of two weeks, four regional African Travel Tech businesses including Tulavo participated in an intense virtual accelerator program.

Meet some of the TT4G East African Bootcamp 2020 cohort. Left to right; Gerard Ami, Stephen Okhutu -Tulavo, Stella Lukwago -Shina Village, Romina Tello – Mauritius Conscious and David Gonahasa – Tripxio

They were supported by a network of tourism professionals, local and international mentors. The goal was to build capacities within the business that are supporting social impact and sustainable development. A special focus was put on the intention of developing scalable business models, with the respective requirements in financial structuring and the ability to scale the businesses by using innovative technologies.

According to Stephen Okhutu, CEO at Tulavo, the program helped the business to identify areas of improvement and this helped Tulavo to be the fastest growing online booking platform for cheap hotels.

“The experienced experts we had in the bootcamp were so helpful in our growth”.

Stephen Okhutu, CEO, Tulavo

After the bootcamp, Tulavo was able to change its name from 54HOMES. The business was also able to complete all the legal processes to made it a formal company and business automation was scaled to 100%.

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