Marriott TestBED Middle East & Africa

Event overview

  • Event type:

    Accelerator programme

  • Organizers:

    Marriott Hotels, MEC and Wamda

  • Start date

    September 06, 2017

  • End date

    October 04, 2017

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Marriott TestBED Middle East & Africa is a unique startup accelerator programme focused on transforming the future of travel and hospitality. Powered by Marriott Hotels, TestBED aims to find cutting edge technologies, that can transform hotel guests experience. The programme will work with startups that have developed products and services which can enhance Marriott Hotels guest experience.

This year it is looking for startups focusing on enhancing Marriott Hotels’ guest experience.


Seed and early stage startups within the above category are welcome. The entries are expected to be ready to pilot within a live hotel environment.

Marriott TestBED Middle East & Africa is a  0 cash; 0 equity; 100% opportunity accelerator.

TestBED provides startups with an invaluable opportunity to test their products/services for 10 weeks within an operating Marriott Hotel in a major city in the Middle East or Africa. During this period, startups will be able to receive feedback from Marriott guests and associates to help develop their product. It does not offer startups cash, nor does it ask for equity.

In addition, TestBED offers participating startups:

  • A marketing training programme, tailored to their needs, provided by industry leaders

  • Mentoring from a range of experts from Marriott Hotels

  • Global exposure through Marriott Hotels’ marketing and media

The TestBED accelerator programme lasts 10 weeks. During this time, the selected startups will not be required to relocate their operations. However, participants will be required to travel, as most of this period will be spent within a designated Marriott Hotel in the Middle East or Africa to pilot their product/service.

Participants will also be expected to attend TestBED’s 1-day pitch and 3-day bootcamp in the UAE.

To learn more about Marriott TestBED Middle East & Africa, click here.


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