Skyscanner Co-Founder Extends ‘Golden Ticket’ Opportunity to Budding Entrepreneurs in Scotland

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Skyscanner founder and former CEO Gareth Williams is set to host and mentor a paid intern this year through Entrepreneurial Scotland’s flagship Saltire Scholars Programme.

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The programme, which is currently recruiting organizations to host additional scholars this summer, has set the end of April as the deadline for participating companies.

The aim is to pair businesses around the world with pre-vetted undergraduate students, who are tasked with delivering projects of commercial significance during a summer internship. Since 2007, the programme has helped launch the careers of almost 2,000 individuals.

Network Rail and Sydney Airport are among the other businesses already signed up to welcome interns this summer.

Williams will mentor the selected candidate for a 10-week internship, where the intern will work closely with him on a project involving artificial intelligence and data.

“Future leaders need to be nurtured if we are to build a successful economy that can support the Scotland we all want to see,” Williams said. “I was impressed by the level of work that goes into uncovering these high-potential young people, and I know I can get useful work done while supporting their journey. I urge other business leaders to consider hosting an intern through the programme.”

Sean McGrath, chief executive of Entrepreneurial Scotland, said, “We’re committed to discovering the nation’s best entrepreneurial talent and providing them with opportunities to thrive. This year’s programme is set to be our biggest yet, with over 650 student interns ready to enter businesses this summer.”

He added, “Not only are we the largest programme of our kind in Europe, but unique opportunities like this to work directly with experienced entrepreneurs like Gareth Williams truly set us apart.”

With the increased interest in entrepreneurship and technology, the Saltire Scholars Programme aims to provide hands-on experience and mentorship to students, contributing to the future growth and success of the Scottish economy. The initiative continues to offer valuable opportunities for young talent to learn from experienced industry leaders.

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