Explore your next destination with Questo
Today we post our blog from Tel Aviv! Our programme team is arriving and getting everything set for the days ahead - we are super excited to welcome our startups on Tuesday. Our next startup transforms your travel experience into a quest - let’s introduce you to Questo! An app that provides self-guided tours through cities and museums that simultaneously boosts local economic growth.
We spoke to Alex Govoreanu, Co-founder and Chief Play Officer, about Questo, its start, traction and overall idea. See what he had to say.
What triggered you to start your business?
The idea of Questo came during a trip to Rome, when after three days of checking-in at the most popular places in the city, we realized that the experience is not authentic and memorable. And so, we asked our host for recommendations and he advised us to visit a different neighbourhood, known mostly by locals. We went there and the experience was amazing. Vibrant streets, authentic food, cheap gelato, all you can wish. Afterward, we started working on developing the idea of creating authentic tours in the city. After many iterations, we realized gamification is key and so, Questo has begun!
What does your startup do?
We offer playful self-guided tours of cities and museums. Each tour of ours is called a quest and requires the user to solve various clues and answer questions in order to discover new locations. With each clue solved, we offer unique stories and recommend authentic local businesses.
What is the impact of your product or service on the travel industry?
Questo helps travellers explore lesser known areas of the cities they visit while having fun and learning. At the same time, our users get the chance to contribute to the development of the local community by supporting authentic businesses and local causes. Last but not least, Questo is helping local guides monetize, by allowing them to convert their tours into paid quests in the app. Therefore, they can earn money from tours with a one-time effort.
What recent milestones are you most proud of?
Last week we signed the collaboration agreement with Alba Lulia, the first smart city in Romania. Our role will be to create self guided tours for the incoming tourists in the city. At the same time, we are happy to see that our product receives more and more attention. Recently, we were awarded the prize for Best Travel App in 2017 at the eTravel Conference in Bucharest and were also finalists at the Changeneers Challenge, a competition for startups with social impact organized by Impact Hub Bucharest.
We can’t wait to see what Questo and the other startups accomplish over the three days of Booster Lab. And, of course, we are eager to know which startups will receive grant funding at our pitch event on Thursday at Rise Tel Aviv. If you missed yesterday’s blog on Paratrek, you can find it here. Tomorrow we’ll introduce the last startup to join the Booster Lab.