46. Escapethecity

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Founders: Rob Symington and Dominic Jackman
Founded: January 2010
Website: www.escapethecity.org

From anonymous blog to successful start-up, Escape the City has made the difficult transition into revenue generation by implementing a flourishing job board. A site which helps those bored of the rat-race make a change to their lives, it lists only adventurous or entrepreneurial opportunities that are a little out of the ordinary.

The business has solidified its proposition by starting to offer events, e-books and affiliate services such as career coaching. It reached out to its 70,000 registered members recently when seeking finance, and subsequently raised £600,000 through crowdfunding. This now allows the business to create a matchmaking service, to intelligently connect organisations with people, something the founders describe as a “forward-looking LinkedIn”.

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