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Starting a business from your bedroom?

With the summer finally upon us, these few months off from study can be a great time to get started on a business idea. Today, we’re focusing on starting a business from your bedroom! Inspired by summer holidays and booking flights, we are looking back a talk Skyscanner CEO and co-founder, Gareth Williams gave at our 2014 Student Enterprise Summit.

Skyscanner is a global travel search site, a place where people are inspired to plan and book direct from millions of travel options.  Skyscanner initially grew by word of mouth, and when thousands of people were using the prototype site every day, the three founders quit their day jobs. They opened an office in Edinburgh, and officially launched the Skyscanner site in 2003.

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In his talk, Gareth discusses the origins of the business, the importance of thinking from a user’s perspective, and how their prototype spreadsheet has grown to become a multi-million pound company employing over 250 people, with offices in Scotland, Singapore, Beijing and Miami.

Extra enterprise skills can help no matter which path you want to take. Our workshops and masterclasses are the perfect places to start gathering those extra skills but we also regularly share advice on our website and right here on our blog (subscribe below to catch all SIE posts).