2016 Final position: 57
Created in 2014 by travel enthusiasts Iain Manley and Lauren Edwards, VoiceMap is the first app of its kind and provides an audio tour like no other. Why? Because it uses personal experiences, stories and local accounts to paint the picture of the particular space you’re in. The idea came about when seasoned traveller, Iain, tried to combine his love for travel and new media in a way that would fund itself. As fate would have it, Iain met Lauren while working for a company that produced audio tours for large tour companies. Needless to say, the two left the company to pursue their now successful venture.
The project, which was funded by South African John Fearon, raised $150,000, a substantial amount for a startup, and the company has recently gone worldwide. These alternative historical tours can now be accessed in cities across South Africa, South America, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean and include famous travel writers and voices like The Lord Of The Rings’ Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen), giving you a special travel experience you won't forget in a hurry.