Kooky and crazy bookable properties have become all the rage around the world. To support this thriving sub-category of vacation rentals, Airbnb is giving away $10 million to help 100 people finance their “craziest ideas.”
The OMG! Fund is helping creators with huge dreams be able to actually turn those fantasies into an actual Airbnb. The company is seeking ideas from “existing and aspiring designers, architects, DIYers and makers from around the globe.” Some examples of what weird creations Airbnb is attracted to are a 6-ton potato, a yellow submarine and a UFO house.
Since summer has arrived and a surge in bookings has rapidly increased, more and more people are looking to find unforgettable and Instagram-worthy places to stay. The increase of employees working remotely has allowed for more opportunities to travel.
According to Airbnb, the OMG! Fund “is shaped in part by the growing trend of flexible living that has emerged in the past two years. As part of this shift, Airbnb guests are craving more unexpected spaces that become the destinations themselves.”
Airbnb launched an OMG! category in May 2022, which has already been viewed more than 2.5 million times. As of 2021, more than 30,000 unique listings across the world were added to Airbnb.
Anyone interested in submitting an application will need to submit an application online through Airbnb’s OMG! Fund. An expert panel will access ideas for their originality, feasibility, the experience the space will provide guests as well as sustainability. The winners will get $100,000 each “to make their creations possible and, ultimately, bookable.”
To apply, a 500 write-up is required with “the weirder the submission, the better” according to Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb.
Airbnb will accept submissions through July 22, 2022. Recipients will be selected over the next several months with the goal to have their newly-constructed spaces complete next year.