Alex van Klaveren (Full-Time MBA ’14) shares how, as a serial entrepreneur, the Imperial MBA has helped his career.
A desire to increase his financial fluency to increase his success with venture capital funds prompted Alex to explore MBA study in order to fill his knowledge gaps. He was attracted to Imperial because of the opportunities to connect with other students, leveraging off Imperial’s strong reputation in technology.
While studying a Full-Time MBA at Imperial College Business School, Alex was able to build a strong network of peers, and used the Imperial names and network to unlock opportunities to reach out with people from a diverse range of industries. The intensive one-year programme provided Alex with the opportunity to develop his entrepreneurial ideas, ultimately leading to the birth of his most recent venture, Kandidate.
Observing that finding talented individuals to work in startups in the UK could be a challenge, Alex founded Kandidate, which acts as a platform for startups to locate candidates with role-specific skill sets.
Before the Full-Time MBA, Alex had spent the past 15 years establishing a number of startup companies in New York and Edinburgh, including a wedding planning software, a piece of medical technology and a members-only club for eye-wear lovers. He founded his very first company as a 20-year-old university student, driving a refurbished “party bus” around Edinburgh transporting visitors to the city’s best bars and clubs. The business expanded across five countries and was sold in 2008 but is still up and running to this day.