To create innovative and visionary firms that meet the needs of the tourism sector in the city and province of Barcelona.
What is FuTurisme?
FuTurisme is a support programme to help create firms in the tourism area, including different aspects like accommodation, promotion, tourism activity (culture, sports, health …), restaurants, trade and commerce, transport, conferences and events, ICTs, the mobile sector, universities and training, beaches and the maritime sector, and sustainability.
Promoted by Barcelona Activa, Diputació de Barcelona, the Catalan Association of Specialized Travel Agencies ACAVe and Barcelona’s hotel association (Gremi d’Hotels de Barcelona), the FuTurisme programme accompanies new business initiatives by giving them a boost to guarantee the success of companies setting up in the programme framework. FuTurisme helps new initiatives linked to the tourism sector by providing:
- management and tourism training, along with the development of entrepreneurial skills;
- a network of relevant people in the tourism sector;
- a prize for the best initiative;
- help during the setting up of the business and finance phase.
It is about providing participants on the programme with a series of training courses and support activities to develop business plans and implement projects, both as a group, and individually, providing them with a set of tools and resources that enable the creation and consolidation of their company.
Who is it for?
This programme is aimed at entrepreneurs with a business idea in the field of tourism that want to start their business in the city or the province of Barcelona. Tourism start ups that have not started their activity before December 1st 2016 can also participate.
1. Training activities
The training programme is divided into two parts. The first is about more general issues for the preparation of a business plan. It’s about practical training in each of the core areas of the business plan, which is a basic tool to validate the feasibility and consistency of a business idea. These areas are: legal forms, administrative processes and business licenses, business tax management, the economic-financial plan and the main sources of funding. A second part deals with specific aspects of tourism companies such as the business model, business development, value added for the company, or specific sources of funding, among others.
2. Training in entrepreneurial skills
There will be competence training workshops to develop entrepreneurship skills, which would include developing management skills to lead a successful business project. These will be based on simulations, role plays and joint reflection on real situations, so they require a high level of participation by participants. There will be a lot of work on skills like communication, negotiation, leadership and motivation, time management and priorities, managing contacts (networking) and presenting a company (also how to do an elevator pitch) and a session on presenting projects.
3. Project tutorial follow-ups
Participants will be assigned a tutor they stay with throughout the programme. This tutor will guide the participant through the decisions they need to take and throughout the process of preparing a business plan and feasibility analysis. They also provide contacts and information required to successfully work on their business project.
4. Entrepreneurial experiences
Entrepreneurial experiences: eight to twelve sessions are planned during the training process, whereby a successful entrepreneur in the tourism sector will explain their own experience to participants. This is designed to bring some of the reality about this sector to participants.
5. Networking lunch
During the programme there will be six luncheons with relevant people in this business sector to generate awareness about entrepreneurial projects that they are involved with and to generate synergies and contacts.
6. Prize for the best initiative in the tourism sector
The FuTurisme framework, with its objective of promoting entrepreneurship in the tourism sector, is going to award a prize for the best initiative, recognizing the best projects each edition. The prizes will be:
- Winner: 12,000 euros
- First finalist: 6,000 euros
- Second finalist: 3,000 euros
The prize will also include contributions in kind such as the availability of incubation spaces or legal advice about projects. The conditions will be set down in the terms of the competition.
7. Access to finance
Throughout the programme the projects will be accompanied in their search for financing to implement the company.