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FiiRE Goa
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June 2022
Fastracking TourismTech innovations

πŸš€ Forum for Innovation Incubation Research and Entrepreneurship (FiiRE), based in Goa, is delivering programs to support entrepreneurs reshaping tourism for travellers, suppliers, and the environment.

FiiRE (Forum for Innovation Incubation Research and Entrepreneurship) is a Technology Business Incubator based out of Goa.
Operating out of sprawling campuses of 25000 sq. ft in Don Bosco colleges in Goa, India, FiiRE leads by simplifying startup innovations.

With a mission to fast track tourism tech innovations, FiiRE is delivering state-of-the-art programs and community engagements to support entrepreneurs reshaping tourism for travellers, suppliers, and the environment.

Incorporated in 2018, FiiRE has engaged 2500+ entrepreneurs and propelled 100+ early-stage startups to success by providing access to corporates, academia, government bodies, technology, mentorship, talent and investments.

Supported by DST (Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India) and working in collaboration with the tourism tech ecosystem of Goa,
FiiRE is on track to make Goa the world’s premier destination for tourism tech startups by 2030.

We work with government bodies and corporates to propel early-stage startups to success. We have an awesome structured incubation process and help startups build prototypes and connect to the right mentors, early adopters and investors. We really care about startups who are passionate to change the world

Programs
The core vehicle of our efforts, supporting founders' design and scale solutions providing the right mix of education, network and capital support.

Community
An innovation-driven community of like-minded people for mentorship, collaboration, learning and investment.

Investments
Raising funds can sometimes be an overwhelming experience for founders. We make it easier via curated grants and seed funds.

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COO, FiiRE, Goa

Hello everyone,
This is Thejus Joseph [ COO | FiiRE, Goa]

We are on a mission to make Goa, India one of the premier destinations for TourismTech startups by 2030.
If you are an entrepreneur who got a solution that improves efficiency & reduces cost in Tourism related ecosystem, we are the right set of the team to support you in India.

Connect with me for more details & discussions: www.linkedin.com/in/thejusjoseph/

1 month ago
Ian
Founder, Travel Massive

Hi Thejus, thanks for sharing your accelerator program with the Travel Massive community.

Couple of questions/comments:

Is your accelerator program open to all nationalities, or only Indian-citizens?

I can see a big benefit for non-technical founders to be able to tap into the developer and engineering talent in India to build their ideas. Is this something you are looking to harness, or should founders be equipped with technical skills or bring a technical co-founder?

What's the startup scene like in Goa compared to other cities in India? Is there a big digital nomad community over there too?

28 days ago
COO, FiiRE, Goa

Thanks Ian for the message.

Let me try to answer all your questions the best way possible:

1. Is your accelerator program open to all nationalities, or only Indian-citizens?
We ideated and launched the TourismTech Accelerator program for Goa during the second wave of pandemic in India. Since it was a pilot program, we decided to include only Indian founders due to the travel constraints. We got applications from 6 countries for the program itself. Currently Tourism related startups from Australia, France, Spain etc. are in discussion with us to understand the possibility of Indian Market access.

2. should founders be equipped with technical skills or bring a technical co-founder?
Both. We are not just an incubator. We also have a venture builder model where we take care of the startup by getting equity against tech, funding, marketing support, mentorship etc. Mostly we see founders with a tech team in our accelerator. Accelerator program is for a mature team. Ideation falls under incubation.

3. Goa tops the list in Digital Nomad scene in Goa.

Goa is blessed with all sort of landscape from beaches to water falls even though it's one of the smallest state in India.

In fact the inflow was way more during the pandemic.
To give a context: In Goa 1.5 million is the local population. 2 million outisders live in Goa. 1 out of 3 people travelled to Goa in the year 2021. 70-80 million people travel every year as per the 2019 reports.

I hope I've answered your questions.

28 days ago
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