Matt Roberts is the co-founder of Bean2Bed, A company he started with his friend Irfan Badakshi in his second year at Aston University.
He grew up in Camberley which is in the South of England about 15 miles from Windsor Castle and an hour from London.
They originally came up with the idea for Bean2Bed (Bean2Bed provides space-saving, comfortable beanbags that transform into a bed in under 30 seconds) after a weekend birthday party, a bunch of friends sleeping all over and someone said he recalled 'I wish I could flatten out this beanbag chair and sleep on it,'
After running with the idea for two years, Robert and Irfan decided to take the next step, meeting with designers, producing prototypes and making sure everything went according to plan.
They ended up maxing out their student loan, but finally Bean2Bed was launched at a home show in July 2005 at earl’s court.
The finished product is, in effect, a mattress filled with crumb foam that stuffs into corduroy, denim, faux suede, or imitation furs sack the size of a beanbag chair. One minute it's a comfy chair in the corner, and then presto, it's a bed.
They have since sold thousands of Bean2Beds, which cost $285 to $475, currently available on Amazon.co.uk and more than a hundred stores in Britain. Not bad for an idea that started from a weekend birthday party and the company has also won many prestigious awards such as:
2006 Winner of Shell Livewire’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Midlands)
2006 Birmingham Best Business Awards – Work-Life Balance
2006 Business Week’s Europe’s Best Entrepreneurs under 25
2007 HSBC Start-Up Stars Award
2008 Midlands Business Award
2008 Corkscrew Events Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Runner up for Best Business Idea
2009 Business Insider Magazine Top 42 Under 42
Bean2Bed’s turnover recently hit £3m