getmetomyflight.com: Sam Evans
Multimodal travel planner and booking service
Tell us what your business does:
A multimodal travel planner and booking service, initially for airline customers. It will allow journey comparisons across multiple transport modes, with direct ticket booking to get you to your flight on time.
Where did the idea for your business come from?
Frustration with the lengthy and convoluted process of comparing different options for any given trip. For many trips there is a choice between rail, coach, driving, taking a taxi, or any combination of these - we aim to put it all in one place.
How did you know there was a market for it?
Initially, through discussion with friends and family. Many people have found similar frustrations when planning trips. We have since been in discussion with major airports and airlines who recognise the problem, and are keen to help to solve it.
What were you doing before starting up?
I am an eye surgeon, working in the NHS. The CTO of the company is the director of core-webdesign.co.uk based in Cardiff.
Have you always wanted to run your own business?
Yes, I have. I have always enjoyed the challenge of setting up a process from scratch and seeing an idea through to completion.
How did you raise the money?
We have been bootstrapped to this point. We are also currently running a crowdfunded seed funding round on seedrs.com.
What challenges have you faced and how have you overcome them?
Initially, the challenge was in driving the idea forward and bootstrapping the concept. Core web design have been key to this, and have provided services in their spare time. The biggest challenge now is publicising the funding round and recruiting investors.
How much do you charge?
The service is free. Revenue is earned via affiliate and licensing fees.
What was your first big breakthrough?
Building a relationship with the web team, who bought into the idea, and contributed page expertise in terms of design, programming and marketing knowledge.
What advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs?
If you have what you think is a good idea, sound it out with people whose opinion you trust. If it still sounds good, plug away, a little bit every day until it flies, or sinks - but at least you'll have given it your all!
Where do you want to be in five years' time?
We anticipate building strong licensing relationships with major airlines and travel agencies over the next two to three years. We hope to exit via acquisition within five years.