Australia Start-Up Shares Stories From Grand Prix

F1 Racer Daniel Ricciardo promised to bring back the celebration ceremony dubbed the ‘shoey’, where he drinks his victory champagne with his shoe, if he manages to with the Australian F1 Grand Prix for 2018. The Australian Grand Prix was good for a lot of event companies, those that handle marquee hire in Melbourne, and other local businesses, bringing in publicity or simply being a good opportunity to make profit.

One such local business taking advantage of the Grand Prix is the recently launched Roamni, a new travel app and audio tour platform launched by two entrepreneurs; Greg Curcio and Jason Fabbri, aimed at changing how people travel by connecting travellers with audio tours and stories from the locals in the area. The RMIT brought in a marquee hire in Melbourne for their Activator tent at the F1 Grand Prix, where Roamni debuted. The founders say they saw the event as an opportunity to bring local stories from the Melbournites to tourists.

Curcio says that they are showcasing the best stories from Melbournite in the many sporting events they operate in. There are a lot of visitors, both domestic and international, to sporting events like the Grand Prix, and spreading the word will hopefully promote Roamni.

The idea for Roamni, Curcio says, comes from a trip he took to Turkey, where he had a pretty negative experience trying a guided tour. He describes the trip as costing $50, and he was with 10 other tourists in a bus, and that they were just passing through the good destinations and only stopped at a jewellery store owned by the tour guides’ cousin.

It was in that experience that Curcio saw an opportunity for an audio tour app that draws on the knowledge of the locals, with anyone willing able to record their personal stories or audio guides to the Roamni app.

The two entrepreneurs, both alumni from RMIT, spent two years developing their business model and tech for the app, before launching on February of 2018. Roamni tours cost AU$6.99 for anyone looking for a local touch in their tours, and, since launching, 40 tours have already been uploaded to Roamni from across Australia, including a comedy audio tour of Melbourne, and even a Mandarin tour of the Circular Quay in Sydney.