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Deirdre Bounds: Inspirational Founder of Travel Firms Gocambio.com and i-to-i.com
FROM BEDSIT TO EXIT AND BACK AGAIN
An ethical entrepreneur, sharing economy expert, self-made multi-millionaire, Channel 4 TV presenter, best-selling author and inspirational event speaker, with so many achievements it's no wonder Deirdre Bounds has a lot to say.
Proclaimed by the Telegraph as having the “Northern grit and determination which represents the perfect role model for business,” the former stand up-comedienne, world backpacker, English teacher, outback bus driver and mum of two Deirdre Bounds is the down-to-earth visionary who set up the responsible travel company i-to-i.com, which became the world's largest gap travel year company. She went from bedsit to exit in 10 years when it was acquired by TUI Travel PLC for an 8 figure sum.
Unlike many Speakers, Deirdre has actually been (and still is) on the front line of business. She's an innovator as well as an exceptionally talented orator with the ability to empathise with the audience and to inspire change in people.
It is this first hand knowledge of international business allied with her understanding of the world and her down-to-earth wit which sets her apart from her peers and offers organisers and conference audiences something a little bit different, and more fulfilling, than your average business speaker.
Today she is the founder of another ‘First' – www.GoCambio.com – capturing the zeitgeist of people's love of travel and social media, Deirdre founded a travel and educational sharing web platform which enables people to learn a language and experience exotic destinations like a local.
What makes her story truly remarkable is that she's an entrepreneur in the purest sense: no commercial experience, no family history of enterprise and no money…just a great idea, a pile of passion, masses of mistakes and a sense of humour!