Deirdre Bounds

Deirdre started up a business, i to I, from a bedsit and turned it into the world’s biggest gap year company. She then sold it to a FTSE 100 company for an eight-figure sum. And she did it all in just 10 years! She did it fast. She did it differently. She defied the skeptics. And she made millions. What makes her story even more remarkable is that she had no previous commercial experience. She had no family history of enterprise. And she set the whole thing up without any start-up capital. All she had was a great idea, a real belief in helping young people have amazing experiences, piles of passion and a belief that a travel business could be both ethical and profitable.