Alumni Profiles

Lara Findlay


United Kingdom

Lara took part in our Company Programme in 2006

60-Second Interview

What three words would you use to describe your Company Programme experience?
Exciting, eye-opening and motivating
In more detail, tell us about your journey (what was your product/what was your role/learning experiences)
I took part in the Young Enterprise company challenge in 2006 during my 6th year of school. My group and started a business that made and sold hot chocolate gift sets and calendars on the run up to the festive season.

We had a great experience, enjoyed selling our products and even won a regional award for best business plan! The biggest learning curve for me was how to manage cashflow in a business and the importance of working as a team and playing to your strengths.
How do you feel the Company Programme helped you prepare for life after school?
I feel the Young Enterprise Programme experience taught me to have the confidence to try doing things a different way, think outside the box, and not always follow a conventional route.

This applied to projects at university, but later on it also showed me that it is possible to succeed when starting your own business with hard work and a great team.
What has your journey been like post-school? (University/Employment/life experiences)
After leaving school, I went to university, first to study languages, and later a Postgraduate degree in Computing at Edinburgh Napier University in 2012. It was at Napier that I began a group project module, where my group project and I decided to build an app for the Edinburgh Capitals Ice Hockey team. Based on the success of this project, we decided to start a company, GearedApp, in 2013.

GearedApp is a mobile app and web development company. We are now a team of 12, based in Leith, Edinburgh, and build digital platforms for companies and start-ups around the world, including Europe and the USA.
What advice would you give to anyone setting out on this journey?
Always recognise your successes, no matter how small. It’s so important to remember to enjoy the journey so that you can look back and recognise that it was all worth it.

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