Traveling to Missouri will get easier thanks to the introduction of an online portal.
Next Big Future, a group of young, progressive entrepreneurs and futurists, is launching a travel portal that will allow travelers to find local travel information, like hotels, restaurants, and schools, for free.
The site, which is still in its early stages, is an effort to give travelers a centralized, easy-to-navigate place to find out what is happening in the state.
“We’ve been working on this for about a year, and we’ve made it into a fully functional portal,” says co-founder and CEO Ryan Krasnow.
“We’ve got a list of cities, a list a lot of information.
You can add hotels, schools, or other information you need to know about the place you’re going to.”
Krasnow and co-founders Emily Brown, Matt Leckie, and Jordan Johnson have been working in their spare time to develop the portal.
“This is where our money comes from,” says Brown.
“Our business model is to get this data out there so people can make informed decisions about where they’re going and what they’re seeing.”
Kasnow says the group has been looking for ways to make travel information more accessible to Missourians, so they started looking for a business partner who could help.
“I was always a fan of crowdsourcing,” he says.
“I thought it was great because it’s really easy to make something that’s not really accessible.
And the thing that we saw most often is that the community would be so generous.”
For instance, Next Big Futures is looking for someone to help with “local business, civic engagement, civic outreach, or philanthropy.”
The site has also asked for ideas for events and events for groups of friends, but has not yet identified a particular event.
The group hopes to grow by launching new events each week.
Next big futures also wants to expand its database of travel information to include the state’s major cities.
“You can start with a few local places, then you can get to more national cities and then you go to the whole country,” Kras10 says.
Next BIG Future has already raised $5,000, which it will use to pay for hiring an executive producer.
It has also raised $2,000 from local and state foundations, and is also looking for local advertising agencies.