Digital Tourism Innovation Lab

Application Cohort 2 is closed. Cohort 3 application opens July 2024.

Tourism Tech Reimagined

Digital Tourism Innovation Lab is a collaborative effort between MDEC and 1337 Ventures intended as a platform to support the innovation of tourism tech solutions by start-ups and tourism related companies, aiming to minimise gaps in local tourism operations, products, services, and destinations to meet the demand from industry players.

Our Goals

Tourism Industry Problem Statement

Industry Facing

Client Facing

Current manual check-in processes result in inefficiencies and delays, leading to suboptimal staff utilization.

Existing workforce administration practices lack a systematic approach to customer data retention and financial recording, hindering operational efficiency.

The fragmented nature of booking processes among consumers, businesses, and providers leads to inefficiencies and missed opportunities for integration.

Limited access to affordable innovative revenue automation and property management systems hampers productivity and profitability in the hospitality sector.

Programme Overview

Embark on a transformative journey with us through 3 IMMERSIVE COHORTS throughout 2024 to shape the future of tourism tech solutions.

Cohort 1

Jan – Mar 2024

Cohort 2

May – July 2024

Cohort 3

Sep – Nov 2024

Application Cohort 2 is closed. Cohort 3 application opens July 2024

Programme Module

The Digital Tourism Innovation Lab features a comprehensive set of modules aimed at prepping tourism tech startups to manoeuvre the digital tourism landscape, addressing industry challenges while driving growth. These modules encompass online learning, mentorship, office hours, industry-led sessions and Demo Day.

Total 28 days within 3 months duration

Who Should Apply?

  1. Registered companies with Innovative ideas and scalable business models.
  2. Local and global tech companies eager to shape the future.
  3. In the verticals of tourism or adjacent verticals.
  4. Adaptable Innovators, capable of adjusting their products/services during or after the programme.
  5. Ready to commit to a flexible 6 to 8-week programme.

Why You Should Join?

Calling for innovative local and global tourism tech startups to take this opportunity!


We engage and get input from industry players to advice and guide the start-ups.

Official Programme Partner

Tourism Malaysia is the national tourism organization tasked with promoting Malaysia as a top tourist destination worldwide. Through marketing campaigns and partnerships with industry stakeholders, Tourism Malaysia showcases Malaysia's diverse attractions, including its cultural heritage, natural beauty, and modern amenities, to attract visitors and drive economic growth in the tourism sector.

Industry Partners


Unlock the gateway to

Innovation in Tourism!

Apply now for opportunities to unlock your startup's potential in reshaping the tourism industry

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