LUKE NOLAN, FOUNDER OF STUDENT.COM
«THERE WAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO HELP GLOBAL STUDENTS AROUND THE WORLD»
Luke is Founder and CEO of Student.com, the world’s leading marketplace for international student accommodation. An entrepreneur at heart, Luke had the idea for a student accommodation marketplace when friends in Asia asked for help finding accommodation while they studied abroad. An initial platform - Overseas Student Living - was created in 2011 and became the first online marketplace for Asian students to access student accommodation in the UK.
Luke quickly realised there was an opportunity to help a rapidly increasing global community of international students. In 2014, Shakil Khan and JP Jones joined the business as Co-founders, bringing the key strategic elements necessary to take the company to the next level and subsequently the rebrand to Student.com.
By 2015, Student.com had become the largest accommodation marketplace for international students studying abroad, and in that year alone the business did over $110M worth of bookings from students in over 100 countries worldwide.
A keen businessman, Luke was involved in the Chinese real estate sector prior to founding Student.com. Before moving to Asia, where he has lived for over 10 years, he had first-hand experience of being an international student, both in London where he received a bachelor’s degree in Banking and International Finance from Cass Business School and in Milan, where he received a Master’s in International Economics and Management from SDA Bocconi.
Though born in London to Irish-Portuguese parents, Luke grew up in Antwerp, Belgium so considers himself a truly international entrepreneur, speaking English, Chinese and Portuguese.
Luke是Student.com的创始人兼首席执行官，Student.com是全球领先的国际学生宿舍市场。作为一名企业家，当他们在国外留学期间，亚洲的朋友寻求帮助寻找住宿时，卢克就有了学生住宿市场的想法。最初的平台 - 海外学生生活 - 于2011年创建，成为亚洲学生进入英国学生宿舍的第一个在线市场。
卢克很快意识到有机会帮助迅速增加的国际学生全球社区。 2014年，Shakil Khan和JP Jones作为联合创始人加入了这项业务，带来了必要的关键战略要素，将公司提升到了一个新的水平，随后又重新转变为了Student.com。
虽然卢克在爱尔兰 - 葡萄牙父母的伦敦出生，但他在比利时安特卫普长大，所以他认为自己是一位真正的国际企业家，会说英语，中文和葡萄牙语。