Hang Guo (MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management, 2016) is an aspiring entrepreneur and a recent graduate of Imperial College London Business School's Master's programme. In his spare time, he also manages a blog on WeChat under the alias National Airline and has written two nostalgic articles about the Queen's Tower and life at Imperial. We caught up with Hang to learn more about his current work in the non-profit sector.
Why did you choose Imperial as the place to follow your interest in Business?
"One of my best friends was studying at Imperial, he recommended the College to me. Also, I found the Master's programme very appealing and no other university offered this course at that time."
How did you find life at Imperial?
"It was fantastic! The location is absolutely superb with museums and Hyde Park located nearby. The students are very international and friendly. The paperless teaching is environmentally friendly and, more importantly, I didn't need to carry many heavy books to school."
What did you learn during your time at Imperial, in class or out?
"I learnt most from my classmates. We have very different backgrounds but we shared the same dream – starting a new business. In particular, my local classmate Mark. We were very lucky to be allocated to the same group at the beginning of the programme so we got to know each other really well. He is so knowledgeable and smart. We discussed a lot on China and UK, entrepreneurship, media bias and we even created a workshop together to help Chinese students know more about British Culture.
Tell us about your the work you're doing now...
“I am working as a Project Manager at a non-profit organisation, facilitating the international exchanges and cooperation in the City of Shenzhen. I am currently managing a project called CityPlus, a non-profit information portal aimed to connect Shenzhen with its 85 international friendship cities - it is a Linkedin for cities. I am very excited about this project because it is a very ambitious one and will be launched by the Mayor of Shenzhen later this year."
How has what you learnt at Imperial helped you in your career so far?
"Where I work is a very young organisation, very similar to a start-up company, especially initiating a new project and managing it. The knowledge I gained from subjects like Project Management, Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship Journey have been easily transferable to my work. I can think more systematically and logically."
What is your fondest memory of your time here?
"Graduation ceremony at Royal Albert Hall."
What are you most proud of in your life?
"I guess one of my proudest achievements is being called an Imperial Alumnus."