When Ben was a university student in London, he admits his experience of finding student accommodation “was horrible”. Not that long after graduating from Nottingham University, he became one of the three co-founders @ Uniplaces, a global brand and online marketplace for booking student accommodation — and GO Youth Madrid’s co-organiser.
While still a student, Ben got together with a group of housemates, and together they began searching for places to live — along with a big number of others who were doing just the same. From searching on a poorly run website with very few properties to literally knocking on doors to look around houses, finding a place to live was his biggest problem.
In 2011, together with co-founders Miguel Santo Amaro and Mariano Kostelec, Ben came up with a plan to create an online marketplace matching students with accommodation. Uniplaces officially launched two years later and has surpassed 5 million booked nights since then in over 30 cities in Europe.
Ben is very excited about being a part of bringing GO Youth to Madrid, one of Uniplaces’s key cities, and has no doubt that it’s “a soulful city that knows how to do business, but most importantly, that knows how to live.”
Ben’s Talk at GO Youth
At GO Youth Madrid, Ben will be discussing how Uniplaces conquer to be the Hottest startup of 2017 by Wired…