- Omeed Shams, 27
Local tourism can be difficult at times. That's why Omeed Shams built Kwest, an app that sends users out to engage in interactive, real-world adventures. The app offers a unique and gamified way to explore cities. Kwesters can solve riddles and puzzles, visit the best an area has to offer, and complete challenges to unlock discounts and earn free prizes. Kwest is looking to change the way people explore the world.
After releasing two platforms on iOS and Adroid in 2016, Kwest has partnered with large and local brands in Dallas and bootstrapped its way to $70,000 in revenue. By contracting with local brands and merchants, Kwest is given a sum of money to build out an experience, in which the users can explore for free. The app's platform also includes interactive adventures at venues and special events. Future plans include a conceptual "Kwest World," where a mix of Pokemon Go, interactive narratives, and destinations will come together.
Note: All data as of 1/31/17