Start a new venture
while cruising the Aegean Sea

Tourism & Gastronomy Sailing 17-21 October 2016

Ready to Sail

Learn & Connect
Educational bootcamp prior to cruise will help you learn all the startups essential and facilitate your team bonding. On-board training will help you refine your MVP before pitch it to the judges. Mentors and experts will be sailing with us to assist you in developing your project.

Your Idea into a Startup
Board CruiseInn, pitch your business idea and develop an MVP in 4 days. Thorough recruiting process guarantees quality collaborators to work with. Hopwave, Recisle, JourneyPost, met during Get CruiseInn 2015, sticked together and are still around developing their startup projects.

Oh, and don’t forget to have fun!
CruiseInn is all about rigorous startup schedule but having lots of fun as well! We’ll be sailing around the crystal blue waters of the Aegean Sea. We’ll be visiting Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes and Heraklion where you can either conduct your market validation or relax under the Aegean sun. Release tension at our after-hackathon disco party while sailing back to Piraeus!

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for passionate students and young entrepreneurs interested in the field of Wine & Gastronomy who wish to join the fast growing startup ecosystem.
Are you a Developer, Designer, do you have Business – Management skills or an idea around Wine & Gastronomy? Then, CruiseInn is waiting for you!

So Get CruiseInn!

CruiseInn is a 4-day startup creation hackathon that takes place on an actual cruise ship sailing around the Aegean Sea. The hackathon focuses on industries that support the Greek economy.
After a successful debut in 2015 and a great demand for participation, CruiseInn returned in 2016 with 2 cruises. Each cruise has a different topic, Tourism & Culture for the May cruise and Tourism & Gastronomy for the October cruise.

In each cruise, 30 hand-picked participants will form teams to create new startup projects. At each stop, the participants will connect with the local innovation ecosystems, while the 3 best startups will be rewarded with prizes from our partners & sponsors. Want to start cruisin’ your entrepreneurial venture?

Claim the Prizes!

3.500 euros in cash will be offered to the winning teams from Celestyal Cruises.
Winners will also be awarded with free incubation and access to our partners’ community networks and many more prizes.

What’s your challenge?
Disrupt Gastronomy

Can you ?

Happening 17-21 October 2016

For CruiseInn 2016 Wine & Gastronomy we are looking for innovative and disrupting products, services and business models in the Gastronomy and Food Industry.

CruiseInn opens its doors to all Wine & Gastronomy fans and gives them the opportunity to change the way Food sector works. A series of workshops by experienced professionals will help teams understand the biggest challenges the industry is facing. Your biggest challenge is to come up with robust and scalable solutions to those challenges.


120€  +VAT 24%

Fee includes: Cruise fare, port taxes, cabin, on-board meals and drinks, educational bootcamp and on-board seminars.

Applications Closed

*You will be requested to provide the participation fee only after you have been selected to participate in CruiseInn 2016.

Introducing CruiseInn Challeges.

Six unique areas to work on, and guide participants to find out more innovative solutions on our pillars.

Utilize  technology  to  improve  restaurant  services,  creating  unique  customer
experiences.  This  could  refer  either  to  the  services  directly  offered  to  the  restaurant customers  or  to  the  backend  processes  that  contribute  to  a  better  customer  experience.  (  e.g.  innovative  supply  chain  services,  Internet  of  Things  solutions  for  a  seamless  customer  experience).

Introduce alternatve ways of using and selling traditional gastronomic products and create new experiences. Think of what Yoleni’s or oliveshop’s services did.

Come up with innovative business models in food services. (subscription services, mobile apps, smart ordering). Think of, forky and monthly flavors.

Awaken customer senses and help them explore the richness of wine and gastronomic trails, using and getting benefit from new technologies. Get inspired by Taste Lemnos.

Enable  customers  to  embrace  be@er  eating  and  living  habits,  utilizing technologies  like  augmented  reality,  smart  sensors,  etc..
Get  inspired  by fitbit,  nike+, redlaser or Amazon  Dash  and  go  a  step.
Participants  are  free  to  think  and  propose  any  idea  in  the  Tourism  & Gastronomy  sectors  that  they  feel  could  have  a  major  impact  and  eventually revolutionize  the  way  we  think  of  these  sectors.

Participants will have to pitch an idea on one of the following pillars. For each pillar only one idea will be selected based on their voting. This will ensure the differentiation and range of ideas to be developed.

Project Structure

CruiseInn opens its doors to all Wine & Gastronomy fans and gives them the opportunity to change the way Food sector works. A series of workshops by experienced professionals will help teams understand the biggest challenges the industry is facing. Your biggest challenge is to come up with robust and scalable solutions to those challenges.

Pre Cruise Educational Bootcamp

Get to know the CruiseInn Crew and your fellow participants before CruiseInn sets sail.
Pitch your ideas, vote for the best ones, form your teams and get ready for the CruiseInn experience!



Stroll around the little streets of Little Venice, talk to the locals and tourists about your idea and receive their feedback on it


Take a walk at the local market and get inspiration for your business idea.


Visit the ancient monastery, have a swim and recharge your batteries!


Visit to Aldemar Amilia Mare Resort where special activities and a glamorous meal await.


Visit the old town with an Augmented reality tour and interact with the local community


As the sun is going down, we will be hosting the finals of CruiseInn on this beautiful island.

Do you have more questions?

Meet our Mentors, Speakers & Judges

More announcements on the way!





Celestyal Cruises is the only home porting cruise operator in Greece and the preeminent cruise line for the Greek Islands, Turkey and Cuba.The Celestyal logo evokes the sea, the sun and the wind. It reflects the company’s commitment to its Hellenic roots, and to supporting the economy and preserving the environment of each destination it visits.Since 2011 Celestyal Cruises has been a member of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a worldwide cruise industry alliance that promotes a safe, secure and healthy cruise ship environment.








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