Thanks to your support of the President’s Scholarship Fund, Imperial College Business School PhD student Mara Guerra was able to build a foundation for her career in academia.

Marta Ungureanu“Imperial’s Business School was my top choice for my PhD because it is committed to innovation and entrepreneurship, and has a vibrant community evolving around student start-up networks.

“This community of students undertaking research in their chosen fields of expertise, alongside my attendance of entrepreneurship and innovation events, inspired my research focus. I have chosen to research the current technology commercialisation of start-ups in the photovoltaic industry. This involves gathering large datasets which reveal how successful start-ups have commercialised new technology, despite the difficulties they inevitably face. I believe start-ups will introduce the technologies that revolutionise our world and change how we live. Imperial is the perfect place to study the success of start-ups because of the entrepreneurial spirit of its students.

“My President’s Scholarship has allowed me to pursue my dream of a career in academia. This includes presenting my research at a conference where I built connections and received feedback from world-renowned academics. I would like to thank the donors for making it possible for so many young people, like myself, to carry out cutting-edge research, and for giving us the confidence to share our work and push boundaries within our chosen fields of expertise.”