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Two MSc Finance alumni who have gone on to successfully start companies since graduating from Imperial College Business School have been featured in the Financial Times this week.

Graduating from MSc Finance in 2015, Diego Fanara co-founded Unibuddy with fellow alumnus Maxence Dussart. Unibuddy is an app where prospects are connected with current students to anonymously ask questions about a university, programme content and student life. In the article, Diego explains that he didn’t intend to launch a business when he started at Imperial. He says, “I was still focused on an investment banking job.”

Diego credits his MSc Finance at Imperial, recently ranked 12th in the world in the Financial Times rankings, for building his network. The programme invites many guest speakers and the Careers & Professional Development Service host several networking events across a range of finance tracks. Some of the connections he made have gone on to become private investors in Unibuddy, Diego tells the Financial Times.

Bassel El-Koussa graduated from MSc Finance in 2012. Since then, he’s gone on to found Quiqup, a logistics and delivery service across London. The company employs 100 people and has recently raised £20 million in series B funding.

Like Diego, Bassel valued the “like-minded, young bright people” on the programme. Studying MSc Finance at Imperial gave Bassel the “strong mathematical and statistical background” to springboard into a venture capital job, which he describes as the “stepping stone” to starting his own business.

Read the full Financial Times article: Clever finance course mates offer helping hand to founders

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