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Press Release27 October 2021

UNWTO and Sommet Education Reveal the Top 3 Talents of Tomorrow

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In June 2020, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Sommet Education launched the Hospitality Challenge to identify ideas and individuals capable of accelerating the recovery of the tourism sector. The initiative has received 600 applications from all around the world. The 30 top finalists were granted a full-board scholarship in different Hospitality, Culinary and Pastry Art programs hosted by Sommet Education’s internationally renowned institutions: Glion Institute of Higher Education, Les Roches, and École Ducasse.


50% of the projects addressed Sustainable Development Goal 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Chartok, Searchef and Join F&B were elected today at the Future of Tourism World Summit in Barcelona the top 3 most innovative entrepreneurial projects. They will be granted a total of 100 000 € funding to support and scale up their initial development by Eurazeo, leading global investment group from which Sommet Education is a portfolio Company.

Eurazeo is determined to turn its funding power into a catalyst for transition. A transition towards a more sustainable, healthier, environmentally friendly society. A transition towards a more inclusive, fairer and more equal society.

Sophie Flak, Eurazéo Managing Partner CSR, states: “Today we are extremely happy to provide financial support to 3 fresh ideas and passionate people, as we believe that these projects will develop into innovative and performing businesses with social added value for the Tourism and Hospitality industry.”

Luz Alvarado Zaiz from Spain studying a master’s in marketing and Management for Luxury Tourism in Les Roches Marbella and Joan Sanz are the co-founders of Chartok, a hotel collaboration software aiming at employees to be productive while connected from anywhere.

Jose Luis Egas from Ecuador studying an MBA in Global Hospitality Management at Les Roches Crans-Montana imagined Searchef: a virtual marketplace of real and digital gastronomic experiences with chefs, cooks, sommeliers, baristas, mixologists… connecting people to create events at any price, with world-class service.

Roger Obeid from Canada is studying a master’s in Hospitality Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Glion Institute of Higher Education. With Join F&B project he will focus on providing easy tools to the Hospitality and Food and Beverage Services industry, to include the invisible minority as disabled persons and particularly the hearing impaired and individuals with motor disability, as a new reliable and core workforce in this industry.

UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili, said: “Without hospitality, there is no tourism. And without education, we cannot produce a new generation of leaders and tourism professionals who will restart and revitalize our sector. I congratulate the three winners of the Hospitality Challenge and look forward to seeing these innovative projects be scaled up.”

Benoît-Etienne Domenget, Sommet Education CEO adds: “Education is about fostering talents. We are extremely proud to enable these creative minds to further develop their ideas into businesses that will impact and transform the future of our industry.”

For more information: Hospitality Challenge

About Sommet Education

Sommet Education is the world's leader in hospitality management education. Its global network of prestigious institutions comprises Swiss originated hospitality business schools Glion Institute of Higher Education and Les Roches, together with culinary and pastry arts school École Ducasse. In April 2021, Sommet Education acquired South African Education leader Invictus Education, adding four new schools to its portfolio: International Hotel School, IHS Gaming dedicated to the gaming industry; SAE Institute specialized in creative media education and Summit focused on B2B training and development. In 2021, Sommet Education also expanded in India through a majority stake in the Indian School of Hospitality (ISH) with a campus in Gurugram (Delhi NCR).

These institutions offer 400 undergraduate, graduate and technical training programs to 9,000 students from 100 nations and 10 000 learners. Teaching is offered across four continents on 18 campuses, as well as through state-of-the-art remote learning platforms. Between them, the schools have a network of 60,000 influential alumni in hospitality and beyond.

Sommet Education is the only education group with two in the Top 4 globally-ranked institutions for hospitality education and by employer reputation (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).

Anouck Weiss
VP Communication Sommet Education Group
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