CEO & Co-founder of Pouring Pounds, Ms Swati Bhargava talks about the journey of establishing her business in the UK. Her advice - "You don't need loads of contacts, you just have to build your own network."
Indian-born businesswoman Swati Bhargava is making commercial waves in the UK, after setting up burgeoning retail cashback site www.pouringpounds.com. After five years working on investment at Goldman Sachs, she and husband Rohan went into business with their own savings. With the backing of Microsoft Bizspark, the company now has affiliations with 2,500 retailers including Tesco, Debenhams and Vodafone. She tells Julian Blake about the challenges of a self-funding startup and an India-based team.
On Thursday 8th March the world recognised International Womenâ€™s Day. At Club Workspace, we were delighted to get involved as General Assembly hosted their Female Founders Exchange event at our Clerkenwell venue. Swati Bhargava, CEO & Co-Founder of Pouring Pounds was on the panel sharing her ideas.
Swati Bhargava, CEO & Co-Founder of Pouring Pounds was on the Entrepreneurship Panel at the LBS 12th Annual Women in Business Conference. The Panel was moderated by Nuala McGovern (Presenter & Producer of BBC's World Have Your Say) and had three other distinguished speakers. It was very well received by the audience and there were many questions for the panelists. You can see speaker biographies and detailed agenda.
Swati Bhargava CEO & Co-founder of Pouring Pounds was recently interviewed by Hannah Langworth, editor with The Gateway newspaper. It covers Swati's exciting journey from investment banking to entrepreneurship, and growth of Pouring Pounds. Swati has truly demonstrated a high level of achievement during her incredible journey from a small town in India to Singapore, then LSE, Goldman Sachs and now Pouring Pounds.
Swati Bhargava, CEO & Co-founder of Pouring Pounds was the 'Featured Entrepreneur' on the prestigious National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs (NACUE). Pouring Pounds, which has grown from zero to 2,300 partner retailers in the UK in less than 6 months, allows its users to save on their online shopping from major retailers like Hotels.com, Expedia, Boots and Tesco. Not to mention, a solid partnership with the Metro newspaper. â€œWe found Metroâ€™s phone number on their website and just askedâ€. Humble, Swati explains their success in making the deal: â€œthey understood that we were a young start-up and they liked our passionâ€.
Swati Bhargava, CEO & Co-founder of Pouring Pounds was interviewed by Angeline Ong from Thomson Reuters, the global news and information company. This video is part of Thomson Reuters' Life After the City series for their Digital TV Channel. It covers Swati's exciting journey from investment banking to entrepreneurship, and growth of Pouring Pounds. Pouring Pounds has also recently partnered with Metro newspaper to launch their cashback site. Enjoy the video!
Now in its 12th year, the ceremony acknowledges "often unsung Asian heroines" and champions their work in fields such as the arts, media, business and public sector. Previous winners have included the comedian Shazia Mirza, BBC news correspondent Razia Iqbal, and Ruby McGregor-Smith, the first Asian woman to head a FTSE 250 business...
Swati Bhargava, CEO & Co-founder of UKâ€™s most innovative cashback website, Pouring Pounds, is in the running for a prestigious Asian Women of Achievement Award in the category of Young Achiever of the Year. Prior to this, Swati worked at Goldman Sachs in their Investment Banking Division and Executive Office for five years. Swati graduated with Honours from the London School of Economics in 2005. As a young entrepreneur, Swati has truly demonstrated a high level of achievement during her incredible journey from a small town in India to Singapore, then LSE, Goldman Sachs and now Pouring Pounds.
From keynote speakers and experience exchanges to practical workshops and networking, the NEF (Nottingham Entrepreneurship Forum) brings together students and researchers from across the UK in a dynamic day of inspiration, knowledge and skills development, network building and celebration. Below is some more information from the afternoon workshops, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce and Pouring Pounds.
Swati recently left Goldman Sachs to pursue an entrepreneurial path and start an exciting online business. Join Swati as she shares her experiences, trials and tribulations of taking this step. This interactive workshop shall focus on exploring the online eco-systems and support available to young entrepreneurs in todayâ€™s wikiworld. The discussion will center around practical tools and tips relevant for most business start-ups.
The BizSpark startup of the day is Pouring Pounds, based in the UK. Below you will find an interview with Swati Bhargava, Co-founder and CEO of Pouring Pounds. All the best to them and congratulations for being the startup of the day!
After five years at Goldman Sachs, Swati Bhargava is indulging her entrepreneurial flair with a new cashback-and-voucher online shopping website. Then: associate, Goldman Sachs Now: founder, Pouring Pounds â€œI worked for five years at Goldman Sachs after joining from university, four of which were spent in the financial institutions part of the structured products team. Eventually, I was keen to do something different, and a role came up in the executive office of European co-chief executives Richard Gnodde and Michael Sherwood.
PouringPounds.com is a new cashback website which enables charities to earn income from their supporters' online shopping purchases. It offers two methods by which charities can receive income. First, customers accessing one of over 2,000 retailers' websites through Pouring Pounds, will make a purchase as normal and receive a percentage of the value back as cashback. They can then choose to donate all of some of this sum to a charity of their choice. They do not have to have been driven to the site by the charity. Secondly, Pouring Pounds rewards charities that do drive supporters to the site. Through its referral programme, any charity which is signed up to Pouring Pounds will get 10% of the cashback of every user that they recommend, at no expense to the user...
A new cashback website, Pouring Pounds, launches next week. Swati Bhargava left a lucrative job in the City to found the company and follow her entrepreneurial dream. The Wall Street Journal Europe's Future Leadership Institute caught up with Swati and asked about her experiences and what advice she'd offer to other would-be entrepreneurs.
Launched in November 2008, the BizSpark program is designed to help accelerate the success of entrepreneurs and early-stage startups globally. The program provides fast and easy access to current, full-featured software development tools and platforms, and a connection to over 2,000 BizSpark Network Partners â€“ including university incubators, hosters, government agencies, investors, consultants and financial institutions â€“ all with a common goal of supporting entrepreneurship. BizSpark startups also have the opportunity to achieve global visibility to an audience of potential investors, customers, and partners by profiling their company and posting offers and events in the BizSpark online networking hub, BizSpark Connect.
Pouring Pounds was invited to attend the CEO Summit organised by Wall Street Journal's Future Leadership Program in Belgium recently. The core of the Summit was a group of 30 CEOs and political leaders from Europe and 50 elected student leaders from top business schools. They discussed and explored issues which are crucial to Europe's leaders of tomorrow. To see the biography of Pouring Pounds CEO & Co-founder, Swati Bhargava and other leaders who attended the Summit please view the article via link below.