Budding entrepreneurs launch travel app

Budding entrepreneurs launch travel app

Two enterprising students from Northumbria University and Newcastle University have launched a travel app and website after winning a competition hosted by Sunderland Software City.

Emma Louise Fielding (21) and Sam John Pearce (21) have joined forces to launch CompareMyTravel after securing £5,000 in funding from Sunderland Software City.

CompareMyTravel is a transport comparison website and app that compares coaches, car time, flights and trains to any destination in the UK.

The app aims to reduce the time spent when searching for transport by comparing all companies that operate in the UK and shortlisting journeys by the quickest and cheapest form of travel.

Fielding entered the competition back in December. In January, she was informed that she had got through to the next stage of the competition which was the public voting stage for her idea to be produced.

She told BQ: “When I was entering my app idea into the competition I didn’t think for a second it would get through to the next stage nor to win the competition with two other app ideas.”

After winning the competition, Emma brought on board Sam John Pearce (21) to be involved in marketing the project. CompareMyTravel is now being produced by Newcastle-based app developer iResources.

Emma added: “The experience of working with very talented app developers have been a learning curve, from knowing very little about apps to launching your own, there is a lot of information to take in.

“The idea came about when a friend and I were stuck in Kings Cross station late at night after a trip to Rome where we missed our train.

“We needed to get back to Newcastle the following day for university. After phoning various train operators we had no luck. Eventually we managed to get a train up to Leeds.

“My dad then drove from Leeds to Newcastle at 4am so I could attend lectures in the morning. On the way to Leeds I started to come up with the idea of CompareMyTravel, a platform that compares all modes of transport to your desired destination.”

CompareMyTravel will be available to download as of 9 May for free on the app store for iOS devices and on Google Play for Android devices.