Entrepreneur of the Year was awarded to Gareth Williams, the CEO and co-founder of Skyscanner, a leading global travel search site and app and one of Scotland’s first ‘unicorn’ companies.
Sold in 2016 to Ctrip for £1.4bn, Skyscanner continues to operate independently and remains headquartered in Edinburgh. The company employs over 900 staff in ten offices across the world and continues to demonstrate impressive growth with over 60 million visitors to the site every month.
The reality of being an entrepreneur is relentless. You are constantly challenging the norm and in many ways you are never satisfied. They are a force of nature and are all playing their part and bringing something different to Scotland.Sandy Kennedy, Chief Executive, Entrepreneurial Scotland
Richard Slater, Partner and Head of Private Markets at Deloitte - the sponsor of the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award category, said: “Under Gareth’s careful management, Skyscanner has transformed into one of Scotland’s biggest entrepreneurial success stories. Born out of true entrepreneurialism, Skyscanner is a company Scotland and its business community is immensely proud of.”
Rising Star Entrepreneur of the Year was awarded to Callum Murray, CEO of Amiqus, a tech start-up based in Leith with a mission to make civil justice accessible to everyone.
This year Amiqus has more than doubled in size, attracted investment from across the UK / US, won a string of new clients during the second half of 2017 and won Barclays ‘Start-up of the Year’ for Scotland & Northern Ireland last month.
The Rising Star Entrepreneur of the Year – a new award category for 2017 – was introduced to recognise the collective impact of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in supporting emerging entrepreneurial talent.