A brief encounter with Rajeeb Dey, Founder of Enternships.com

At 26 years old, Rajeeb Dey is one of the UK's most high-profile and successful young business people. Like so many web entrepreneurs, he came up with the idea for his business while still studying at university, where he was the president of Oxford Entrepreneurs, one of the largest student entrepreneurial societies in Europe.

Giving the 'internship' model a good shake-up, Enternships is a web service that connects young people with work experience placements in start-up organisations and SMEs. The company has so far connected more than 4,000 businesses in over 20 countries with graduate talent, including companies like Groupon and PayPal.

He is also one of the co-founders of Start-Up Britain, won the O2 Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2009 and was named one of 2012's Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum. Not a bad record, considering that he finished university only in 2008. So what is the secret of such rapid success?

"It's also important that you can scale an online business quite quickly, creating enough barriers around you to stand up against the competition. I didn't originally plan for Enternships to become a company, so I didn't take the time to find the right team around me. Not being from a technical background I struggled a bit with getting the website set up and working with contractors, costing valuable time and money. If I did it all over again I would invest in finding myself a co-founder who had the ability to build and manage the website whilst I focused on my strengths of marketing, business development and sales. The key is to make sure you have the right team around you, and if you feel you don't have all the necessary skills or expertise yourself, find others that complement you when setting up your business."

You can sign up as a candidate or an employer. Candidate membership is free, but for companies looking to advertise a vacancy it's a lot like placing a traditional advert and you're going to have to pay.

There are a couple of listings options that you can check out under 'Pricing'. The enhanced listing will give you much more exposure through the site's social media activity, so it might be worth thinking about upgrading if you hope to fill a key position.

This is an adapted extract from Kate Russell's new book, "Working the Cloud: The Ultimate guide to making the internet work for you and your business". The book is available from Amazon both as paperback and Kindle Edition. Ms Russell is a freelance technology reporter, better known for her Webscape segment on BBC's technology show, Click.