In just two and a half years, KOMPAS has gone from a small idea, fuelled with food and a love for exploring, to a mobile application available on both iOS and Android, having won multiple awards for innovation. Find out more about what pushed the team to taking a leap of faith into creating what they believe is the future of city exploration.
KOMPAS was started by Tom and Olivia, two students living in Munich. The pair explored Munich belly-first, chowing down on all that the food scene had to offer. Once they’d eaten their fill, they expanded to exploring abandoned railway stations and street art in underground hidden passages. They even (hesitantly) sampled homemade vodka from a man in a hidden Franco-Slavic bar. They started posting their findings on a Facebook page and created an Instagram account, Hidden Munich. The Instagram quickly developed into a much bigger idea: a city exploration app to help people discover the amazing adventures hidden just around the corner. Two years later, Tom and Olivia’s vision has become a reality: KOMPAS is now available on iOS and Android and is growing rapidly across multiple cities.
It wasn’t all fun and games getting here though. With both of them trying to balance university exams with late-night pitch deck sessions and countless business plan drafts, the fuel tank was running low. The idea, meanwhile, was slowly becoming more and more refined.
It was at this point that Kurt joined the team. With his keen, beady eye and knack for fine design detail, he produced a mock-up that they were ready to shout about to the world. The addition of a mobile developer brought the designs to life, and the team was put to the test as they worked, night after night, on creating what would become the first version of KOMPAS.
We’ve come a long way since Tom and Olivia were exploring Munich. KOMPAS is providing people with a new way to discover the best restaurants, most obscure museums and most hidden cocktail bars in 6 cities across the UK and Germany. Our team of local explorers has been roaming the nooks and crannies of these cities to discover the undiscovered, so that you can save time on finding the hidden places that light your fire.
Happy Exploring! Love the KOMPAS Team!