It’s high time we say something about the Top 100 Italian start-ups of 2015: Riccardo Luna’s Hit Parade of businesses set to change Italy.
LThe list is divided into various categories – food, gaming, medicine, sport, makers and so on – but we’re going to focus on our sector: travel.
Out of the 5 start-ups selected, the +1 in the title is us, the Travel Appeal, but since it’s not polite to talk about oneself, we’re going to examine the other 4 to find out about all the interesting things they’ve been up to.
As they were standing in a queue for an art exhibition in Florence, two of the founders of this start-up simply couldn’t believe that there wasn’t an app for buying tickets online and jumping the queue. Musement was designed to do exactly that.
The service provides detailed information about all available events and activities and enables visitors to buy tickets straight from their smartphones. Musement can (currently) be used for 3,000 activities across 25 countries. The margins for growth are impressive, given that the market for travel activities is worth almost €37 billion (according to PhoCusWright) for tourism in Europe alone.
More info: musement.com
Viaggiart turned over €33,000 in October and November 2014 and they aim to turnover €400,000 in 2015. One of their most recent partners is Europcar.
Viaggiart was founded to help the public make the most out of the wealth of artistic and cultural attractions in Italy. With a touch on your smartphone, you can access data from the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and find out about related tourist services; the app downloads cultural attractions close to where you are, letting you choose what you want to visit or use the map to create an itinerary of attractions and get there using the navigator.
More info: viaggiart.com
This start-up lets you book every leg of your journey, from your front door to your final destination, using just one portal. Wanderio lets you choose how you want to travel and compare prices, times and even CO2 emissions. Travel without thinking (or at least, think about everything in advance).
In 2014 Wanderio planned 40,000 journeys and released a new version of its product that lets you buy the journey for your whole trip. In February 2014 Wanderio closed their first round of investments at €200,000, including investors such as Business Angel, Translated, Club Italia Investimenti 2 and Xandas.
More info: wanderio.com
From its inception to the present day, CicerOOs has invested almost €300,000, attracting clients such as Fiat and Amex, working with partners such as TripAdvisor and Michelin and building scientific collaborations with research institutes such as the CNR.
CicerOOs was founded on the fact that more than 46 million tourists visit Italy and 500 million visit Europe. Before a trip, we often spend hours and hours online before getting an idea of what a destination we don’t anything about is like. The aim of this start-up is to bring together millions of bits of information about different locations in one place, in one smart technology. CicerOOs is a virtual tourist guide that meets everyone’s needs, a smart Cicerone that is always available to help you experience the best a tourist destination has to offer.
More info: ciceroos.it