International Tourism and Hospitality Startup Competition for the Youth – ProTourism2022 // Congress of Entrepreneurship and Engineering

  27th of April 2022   14:00-17:00

Yergunova Olga Titovna
with the inscription – Academic Supervisor of the Competition

International Tourism and Hospitality Startup Competition for the Youth – ProTourism2022 (hereinafter referred to as the Competition) is organized and held by the Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Education – Ural State University of Economics (USUE).

The purpose of the Competition is to intensify the professional research work among the students of higher educational institutions and colleges, to acquire practical experience and skills in developing START-UP projects in tourism and hospitality industries within the framework of a competitive market, as well as to identify and support the talented young scientists and to assist the formation and promotion of youth tourism business projects through interaction with industry professionals.

The objectives of the competition:

- to discover young people talented in the field of tourism design;

- to assist the formation and promotion of youth tourism business projects through interaction with professionals in the tourism community;

- to increase interest and involvement of young people (including students) in entrepreneurial activity, to develop and implement modern and innovative projects in the sphere of domestic and inbound tourism development in the Russian Federation;

- to popularize tourist and recreational opportunities of the Russian Federation;

- to support the scientific and practical development of young people talented in the field of tourism.

The participants of the Competition are students and undergraduates of colleges, universities, research institutes, as well as from other interested organizations without degrees under the age of 25. Participants of the Competition can be both individual participants and groups of developers consisting of up to 3 persons.

The competition will be held in the form of presentation of initiative projects aimed at the implementation of business ideas as well as business concepts aimed at the creation and development of organizations in the HoReCa and tourism industry, which will be examined and evaluated by leading practitioners, heads of hospitality industry enterprises and public authorities.

START-UP projects should be initiated and developed on the basis of preliminary research and scientific understanding of the existing problems in the services market in the tourism and hospitality industry, as well as on the creative application of knowledge and skills in the professional service areas of the Competition. There is no registration fee for participation in the Competition. 

Projects for the Competition should be presented in the following subject areas:

  1. tourism
  2. hotel industry
  3. catering
  4. service. 

Applications for the participation in the Competition, competitive projects in the form of a START-UP project and a CV of a student-applicant should be submitted before the 20th of March 2022 through the registration system on the website:

– an individual participant should submit his application through the registration system on the website, choosing the category “Individual participation”;

– Group participation. Each group member should submit an application for his/her participation through the registration system on the website, choosing the category "team participation", then "team captain" or "team member". In the field "Subject matter" each member should indicate the project name. The team captain should attach to the registration form a file with the project, indicating all the authors.

Lists of the competition finalists, who will be invited to the public presentation of their works and participation in the final events of the Forum, will be published on the competition webpage on the 1st of April 2022.

The public presentation will take place on the 27th of April 2022 from 10:30 to 17:00. The award ceremony will take place on the 28th of April 2022.

The final competition will be held in person. In some cases, by the decision of the competition organizing committee, remote participation can also be possible.

Registered participants and speakers will get access to USUE cloud resources via the MS Office 365 platform and will be able to join the interactive sessions as part of the organized events through teams created in MicrosoftTeams.

The winners in each of the four subject areas of the Competition will be awarded diplomas, medals and cash prizes:

  • 1st place – 7 500 rubles

The runner-ups in each subject area will be awarded diplomas and medals.

The winners of the Competition, awarded the 1st degree Diplomas, will receive points for individual achievements at the admission to USUE for master's programs (2 points). Points will be valid during 2 years following the year of the awarding.

Competition Coordinators

Surname, given name,  and patronymicPhone numberE-mail

Chernov Sergey Aleksandrovich

Associate Professor of the Department of Tourism Business and Hospitality, Candidate of Sciences (Public Administration)