What does an entrepreneur look like?
Like YOU!

From freelancers to the next big tech startup, everyone who started their own business once was just like you. With the right help and focus, we all have the potential to start and run a successful business, internal startup or even side hustle.

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Vishal PunamiyaVishal Punamiya

I was the CIO of Panalpina…

Vishal Punamiya
Throughout my professional and personal life, I have always had a drive to build, and if not, improve whatever I was involved in through smart use of technology
Vishal Punamiya
I felt I had reached the peak of my personal development that a corporate career could offer and it no longer motivated me. The only way forward to grow was to start something on my own and that was the beginning of Sitemark.
Ben Blomerley

I was at business school and had originally thought to go into banking

Ben Blomerley
But I kept going to interviews and the feedback was like ‘it seems you know how to do the job, but it doesn’t seem you want the job’.
Ben Blomerley
Ben Blomerley
I was at business school and had originally thought to go into banking. But I kept going to interviews and the feedback was like ‘it seems you know how to do the job, but it doesn’t seem you want the job’. And they were right. That led to me starting my marketplace start-up (along with a classmate) back in 2011. I guess the motivation was to be doing something for myself, and not just following a treadmill of something I hated, just for the money.
Richard Sams

I was a teacher who travelled the world

Richard Sams
After 8 years in education I just began to feel a little restless, I felt the career I had in front of me was a little too prescribed and I knew it had a ceiling. I wanted to build a legacy.
Richard Sams
Richard Sams

I wanted to build something from the ground up and say “we did that”. I knew I wanted to continue in technology, my degree was in Computing and Education, I knew I wanted to continue working with people, so I thought building technology products would be worth a shot. I guess the overarching motivating factor was ambition, ambition to create, build, collaborate and create a legacy.

Christopher Bowles

Part of an internal innovation programme

Christopher Bowles
This has turned into a remarkable chance to be the first to innovate in the areas of science and business we’ve been passionate about most of.
Christopher Bowles
Christopher Bowles

Building Galago has changed our lives in many ways. We’ve made friends all over the world, been connected with some of the most interesting and impactful client projects, and had the chance to completely craft a new career that wasn’t imaginable just a few years ago.

Mike RawitchMike Rawitch

I work at Ramboll…

Mike Rawitch
I’m part of an internal innovation programme starting a new business
Mike Rawitch
We viewed the Ramboll’s internal startup programme as a way to better understand our technology within a commercial context, find value for our clients, and advance our own careers. How little did we know! The program would completely change our …

I was a fitness coach…

Ian Oestreich
There is such a feeling of satisfaction to seeing a business you create thrive, knowing that it wouldn’t exist if you hadn’t taken the leap.
Ian Oestreich
I was the child with a lemonade stand on weekends, the kid posting up lawn mower service flyers, the son helping his dad tune up bikes. Entrepreneurship is part of my identity. The gym I worked at closed due to COVID-19, and rather than sit aroun…
Eduardo Torres

I was a government officer

Eduardo Torres
I decided to start my own business after being laid off. I just knew one thing: I loved my job and I wanted to continue doing it for a very long time
Eduardo Torres
Eduardo Torres

I decided to start my own business, ai360, after being laid off (as it happens in every political position). With over 20 years of experience both at the private and public sector, most of them involved in real estate related activities, I just knew one thing: I loved my job and I wanted to continue doing it for a very long time.

Vishal Punamiya

I was the CIO of Panalpina

Vishal Punamiya
Throughout my professional and personal life, I have always had a drive to build, and if not, improve whatever I was involved in through smart use of technology
Vishal Punamiya
Vishal Punamiya

I felt I had reached the peak of my personal development that a corporate career could offer and it no longer motivated me. The only way forward to grow was to start something on my own and that was the beginning of Sitemark.

Ricky Sutton

I was a journalist

Ricky Sutton
The media industry was dying because it was being out-innovated by aggressive rivals Facebook and Google. Now I’m the founder and CEO of the largest news video aggregator in the world.
Ricky Sutton
Ricky Sutton

The energy, resilience, and out-and-out fury you need to stand in front of a monolithic competitor and know without a shadow of a doubt you have it in you to beat them, that’s when you know. It’s not a decision. It’s a physical reaction from the core of your DNA. It means that when people doubt you, you don’t hear them. When they laugh at you, you laugh with them. Still, when that rival decides to come after you, that’s something exceptional because you will find an inner strength you never knew existed, and you will know, with huge personal satisfaction, that win or lose, you’re authentic to what you stand for.

Matthew StaffordMatthew Stafford

I’ve done things a bit back-to-front…

Matthew Stafford
I had my first startup business at 19. At 32 I started an MBA at Imperial College and that’s where I discovered Venture Capital. Now I help lots of people with their startups.
Matthew Stafford
“… I feel like I’ve done things a bit back-to-front…. “ My story is slightly different I started my own t-shirt company when I was 19 (very stressful in a damp basement ‘office’ on my own with no windows), then I fell into IT for RBS and Th…
Mohammad Ali AbbaspourMohammad Ali Abbaspour

I was a professional football player…

Mohammad Ali Abbaspour
I combined my love of sports tech and my experience as a professional football player, now I’m the Founder and CEO of Sponix Tech.
Mohammad Ali Abbaspour
Why did you become an entrepreneur? To make my big dreams come true (Like working in UEFA Champions League as an innovative tech provider that we did last week during final rounds of UCL) I started Sponix, because my main interests were sport …
Terrie Lloyd

I was a translation Editor

Terrie Lloyd
When faced with bankruptcy, I asked myself: “When your currency appreciates double in value, where are the opportunities?” The answer was, “imports.” This started my journey.
Terrie Lloyd
Terrie Lloyd
Paula Wilkinson

I was a Sales Manager, then a mum, now an entrepreneur

Paula Wilkinson
I was responsible for £1million+ sales, took a career break and raised 2 children for 13 years. Now I’ve co-founded an online market place for professional bakers. I couldn’t be happier.
Paula Wilkinson
Paula Wilkinson

What advice would you give?

Have a sounding board — people you will be paying will say it’s a great idea (web designers etc…), — ask others!…

You won’t know everything- it’s ok to ask….You won’t know what you don’t know either…I was often found saying — could this be done? How do you do?…..- Everything can be done ( it just comes at a cost!)- nail down what is the simplest form you can launch with and build from there.

Use experts when needed — even if on short term contracts until you can employ more- however, give them time to understand your business.

Plan how to scale whilst planning the business, be prepared to diversify (COVID has forced this on us, and small businesses can adapt quicker)- we have increased turnover during lockdown!

Gabriela Estrada

I was a Corporate Banker

Gabriela Estrada
I got so disillusioned with using all my energy for unknown shareholders, as well as my poor contribution to changing my country and society, that I cofounded a Neobank called Vexi.
Gabriela Estrada
Gabriela Estrada

What lead you to leave a corporate role?

I got so disillusioned with using all my energy for unknown shareholders, as well as my poor contribution to changing my country and society, that I cofounded a Neobank with the mission to make credit accessible, providing the first credit card for thousands and millions of young underbanked Mexicans.

Lasse Nørby Rasmussen

I used to work at a bank

Lasse Nørby Rasmussen
I used to work in innovation in a Nordic bank, Now I’m a co-founder of Heap – the flexible & sustainable pension alternative for freelancers & self-employed.
Lasse Nørby Rasmussen
Lasse Nørby Rasmussen
“I used to work in innovation in a Nordic bank, Now I’m a co-founder of Heap — the flexible & sustainable pension alternative for freelancers & self-employed” What was your journey to starting your own business? I’ve worked in innovation in corporates, consulting and startups most of my career and always wondered how it would be like to be co-founding a business. I felt like I had plateaued on my learning curve in my previous job, so when the opportunity presented itself, I jum…
Aya Magdy

I was a Business Development Team Leader

Aya Magdy
The best thing about having a freelance business is that it allows me to work with lots of different nationalities and mindsets.
Aya Magdy
Aya Magdy

Why did you start your own business?

I choose to freelance because I needed to work from home at this time. I had just given birth to a beautiful newborn baby and wanted to be more flexible in my working schedule. Freelancing as a business seemed to give me the best options for my lifestyle.

David Brown

I was a Customer Success Manager

David Brown
For me, the absolute best thing about being an entrepreneur is that I control my work. It’s so much better than having my schedule at the whim of someone else.
David Brown
David Brown

Why did you start your own business?

I started my own business to solve a problem with online advertising that was annoying me — and most other people who shop online. It was also a problem within the industry that everyone knew about but no one was fixing. I saw an opportunity for a win/win/win and went for it!

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