Walking Tour Incubator Grant Program

Walking Tour Incubator Grant Program

The Downtown Alliance has helped develop five new walking tours through its Walking Tour Incubator Grant Program. The walking tours were chosen as winners following an application process that encouraged submissions of compelling and original tour concepts that went beyond the typical downtown highlights. 

The five entrepreneurs leading the tours have undergone a rigorous two-month incubator, led by the Downtown Alliance, which included one-on-one coaching from tourism industry leaders and a cutting-edge educational curriculum designed for tour businesses. Each winner has also received a grant of up to $12,500 to help develop, launch and scale their walking tour. 

Descriptions of the walking tours:

In addition to our five grant recipients, there were six runners up who deserve special recognition, and will receive a spot at TripSchool (a $999 value) in order to have the community and support to continue building their downtown tours. These applicants offered exciting ideas to help broaden the depth of the tourism experience in Lower Manhattan, and we hope these tours find success in the future.

  1. Asad Dandia’s Grassroots Gotham Walking Tours 
  2. Public Opinion Productions’ the People of Downtown NYC Walking Tour 
  3. Fit Tours’ Downtown NYC Sunrise Yoga Walking Tour
  4. Region NYC’s Subterranean Transit Walking Tours 
  5. Glam Gardener’s Downtown NYC Foraging Walking Tour
  6. Clazz Enterprises’ South Street Seaport Tours