In 2014, sister and brother team, Olivia and Gregory Klupar, moved home with their parents and founded what is today known as Voyij. Voyij is the trusted local source for travel information, a trusted online portal and mobile app that connects travelers to remote destinations emphasizing the local perspective.
Born and raised in a small town in Southeast Alaska, Olivia and Gregory fell in love with the beauty, wonder and adventure Alaska has to offer. They also fell in love with working at their family businesses: an art gallery, B&B, restaurant, and culinary garden that service the cruise industry. While Skagway has less than 600 residents in the dead of winter, the town welcomes over 10,000 cruise passengers and visitors daily in the summer. It was in this bustling summer community that their vision emerged: helping travelers fall in love with Alaska by engaging them in local traditions and experiences.
Voyij was built with the local business community and the nonprofit community in mind.
Throughout the website and mobile app, local businesses share unique and authentic Alaskan experiences.
These local businesses also share special advertising and promotional offers, found nowhere else. In order to find the perfect offer, the site and app allow users to search for local businesses by destination, activity type, or even offer. This allows visitors to customize their vacation experience.
Across Alaska, Alaska Community Partners, LLC, Olivia and Gregory’s philanthropic arm, operates kiosk machines, which allow visitors to purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win cash prizes.
In exchange for supporting the community, the participant receives a coupon which can be redeemed in the store. All raffle proceeds benefit small community nonprofits, which provide valuable and much needed local assistance. Learn more about kiosks here.
The final result is Voyij.io, which helps visitors connect locally with their destination. The website helps travelers research their destination before their trip through local content, blog articles, and learn about local businesses and nonprofits through special offers. The mobile app helps travelers map their journey during their trip in real-time through in-app notifications and navigation to favorite stores, restaurants, and activities with the opportunity to redeem local coupons. Most importantly, Voyij allows visitors to experience Alaska from a local perspective, while supporting the community and local nonprofits.
Olivia has been an entrepreneur since the age of 9 when she started a successful cookie and lemonade stand outside her parent’s B&B on Broadway. When Olivia is not bartending for her family’s restaurant and chatting with visitors, she is hiking or running the many uncharted mountains near her home.
Olivia received her B.A. in Political Science from Boston College. Before returning home to Alaska, she worked for 3 years in NYC at Paul Weiss LLP and Citigroup Inc in their PE/Hedge Fund and M&A legal practices. Currently, Olivia is pursuing her MBA from Duke University.
Greg first learned how to program in middle school on his calculator to fill down time in math class. He has a decade of small business experience developing and implementing tech programs that help the family businesses run more smoothly.
Gregory received his B.A. in Computer Science with a Math Minor from University of Alaska Fairbanks. His business expertise is in software development and information systems with corporate experience from Microsoft. Additionally, Gregory is passionate about cyber security robotics and loopholes. At Voyij, Gregory focuses on the technology side. His expertise support development of the website, mobile app, and kiosk platform, as Voyij continues to help visitors discover Alaska from a local perspective.