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Start, connect, grow

We are looking for the up-and-coming talent and product that is critical to the future of youth travel.


The resilience of the youth and student travel industry will depend on our community’s ability to embrace a low carbon future.

To that end we are looking for organisations that can aid the industry accelerate that transition with meaningful climate action.

What’s on offer


The mentor programme

A mentor will be selected from our community to provide you with the guidance you need to get ahead in the youth travel industry. Meetings will occur both online and in person at one of our events. They will help you to navigate the event and association, to ensure you get the most out of your experience.


Event funding

The successful candidates will have the registration fees and transport and accommodation costs covered to attend one of our youth travel industry annual conferences such as WYSTC, STAY WYSE and WETM-IAC.



Through a complimentary annual membership the successful candidate will receive access to a wide range of webinars, research publications, podcasts, connections with fellow members, and a go to WYSE Travel Confederation staff member to help you get the most out of your membership.


Each organisation is specially selected for its potential, uniqueness and innovative ideas. Organisations can join the programme under one of the four priority challenges listed below.

Application process

The application process for WYSE Up! is as follows:
  1. Fill out the application form by August 10th: The application form is a detailed document that asks for information about your startup or business, your team, and your target market.
  2. Submit your application: Once you have completed the application form, you will need to submit it online.
  3. Wait for notification: The WYSE Up! team will review your application and notify you of your status.
If you are selected:
  • Participate in an introductory call with WYSE Travel Confederation which will help you prepare for your upcoming event attendance.
  • Get signed up to a complimentary two-year membership.
  • Book your flights, accommodation and register for the event.
  • Be introduced to your mentor who will be there to guide you throughout the upcoming event.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is WYSE Up

    WYSE Up is a is a worldwide development grant programme run by WYSE Travel Confederation for startups and entrepreneurs with ground-breaking ideas that introduce compelling products or services to young travellers and the global youth travel industry.

    How do I become a member?

    Simply fill out the online application form and follow the instructions to pay your membership fee deposit. We will then guide you through the next steps.

    Who can participate?

    We invite organisations new to the WYSE Travel Community, from all stages of maturity, to participate with ideas, products and solutions which are relevant to one of the four challenges.

    How do I apply?

    To apply for a WYSE Up! grant please complete the following application form.

    Who picks the WYSE Up grant winners?

    The WYSE Up grant winners will be selected by senior WYSE Travel Confederation staff and approved by the WYSE Travel Confederation management board.

    What can I win?

    Successful organisations will receive unique and supported access to the youth travel community through a combination of a mentor programme, funding to attend events and association membership.

    Which events are available to WYSE Up grant winners?

    Grant winners will have their attendance (registration, accommodation and travel) covered for one of the following events:

    The World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC)
    25 – 27 September 2024
    Lisbon, Portugal

    STAY WYSE Hostel Conference

    The Work Experience Travel Market and IAPA Annual Conference (WETM-IAC)

    For organisations already involved in the WYSE Travel Confederation community

    Organisations already involved in youth travel who would like to provide support to this grant can get involved too, either through becoming a mentor or sponsoring a grant winner.

    Upcoming Events

    World Youth & Student Travel Conference (WYSTC)

    25 – 27 September 2024

    STAY WYSE Hostel Conference 2025 |

    The hostel business conference


    Work Experience Travel Market &
    IAPA Annual Conference (WETM-IAC)

    Application form