By now serial entrepreneur Sarah McVittie is much more than a hot prospect. with one business successfully sold under her belt, she is quickly on to her next venture. After being named one of the top 35 women entrepreneurs under 35 by The Times, she has sold her multi-million dollar business Textperts to KGB giants 118118.
Textperts was started by Sarah in 2003. It is a mobile service which allows users to text any question and receive an accurate answer within minutes. She was working as an investment banker at UBS before deciding to quit, taking her bonus and starting her own business.
This turned out to be a good decision, with the company winning multiple awards including the Shell Livewire Award (East of England), 2005 Global messaging Award, the 2006 Natwest Startups Award (best use of Technology) as well as being recognised as the Best Angel-backed Business with Young Management for 2006.
She managed to raise £2.5million in funding for Textperts and In 2008 Sarah she was runner up in the ‘rising star’ category of the Media Guardian awards and won the “Businesswoman of the Year” award at the Cambridge Evening News Business Excellence Awards.
Not long after, Textperts got acquired, but Sarah didn't stop there!
In august 2009 Sarah founded Dressipi (like the recipe for dressing, get it). It is actually described as 'a profiling system that creates a digital fashion fingerprint unique to you, enabling us to make recommendations that make you look fabulous and match your life and dressing style.'
The site is still in beta and Sarah realises that the service will take time till it can serve the needs of millions of women, but she is determined and passionate about it and is willing to be patient and learn as the company grows and gets better.
It is an ambitious project for the young entrepreneur, trying to get personalised fashion tips and mix it with technology, but I'm sure she will make it happen.
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