Tim Pfrogner

Programme: MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management

Nationality: German

Undergraduate education: Business and Computer Science, Technical University of Munich

MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management

About you

What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?

Connecting theoretical knowledge with practical experience has always been very important to me. Thus, I’ve tried to apply my knowledge in various industries working for startups, corporates and in venture capital. Moreover, I started two companies myself. All of this has proven to be very valuable for my learning experience at Imperial.

Why did you decide to study an MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management at Imperial College Business School?

I decided to study the MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management at Imperial because the programme follows my preferred approach of combining business, technology and an entrepreneurial mindset. Furthermore, it offered me the opportunity to broaden my theoretical knowledge from world-class research, improve my practical skills during the summer project and meet inspiring people with a similar mindset.

Did you receive a scholarship? If yes, what were the benefits of receiving this?

Yes, I feel extremely honoured to have received the Social Impact Scholarship. It has not only made the decision to accept the offer and pursue this degree easier, but has also connected me with other scholarship holders across different programmes - some of them became good friends of mine!


What aspects of the programme do you enjoy the most?

With the MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management programme you choose a certain type of person to be surrounded by - someone with the openness to enjoy a new experience, driven and always fancying a party. The people are the most valuable assets to this programme and the community is highly unique compared to others.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

I really enjoyed the Design Thinking and Venture Capital & Growth Finance modules. Both of these modules provided me with the valuable tools and techniques in addition to a great theoretical foundation to tackle the programme.  

What has been the most challenging part of the programme? 

Teamwork is a substantial part of the degree. Having to coordinate multiple tasks with different teams at once can be very challenging. But especially when you have successfully completed a project, you notice how much you have learned about yourself and working with others.


How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?

A big diverse family! I have never been part of a WhatsApp Group with more than 90 users before, who are that active, supportive and international. 

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?

Professors who can teach and inspire you beyond the expected learning content, while supporting you with any problem outside of class - Dr Sankalp Chaturvedi belongs to that group. He took Human Resource Management to a whole new level.


What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?

The greatest opportunity that I have had at Imperial has been meeting, connecting and working with brilliant people each and every day.

Which workshops, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?

I really enjoyed the guest lectures for our modules. In particular, I remember Andy Shannon and Greg Marsh sharing personal insights about raising funding for ventures at an early stage.

In addition, student club events were very valuable. They offered the possibility to attend inspiring talks with a variety of topics ranging from insights on management and succession of family businesses, neural networks to classic consulting.

How have you benefited from being part of the wider Imperial College London community?

Imperial is a big school with great resources. The biggest challenge is to be aware of the great variety of opportunities and prioritise them. As mentioned earlier, the student clubs were great to engage with other students from different programmes. Furthermore, the Imperial Enterprise Lab and the Imperial College Advanced Hackspace are fantastic places to work, socialise and create.


What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?

The Design Thinking module during the autumn term was very important for my personal development and my time in London. It sparked a strong interest in the importance of design, human needs and prototyping. I had the chance to participate in the IDEO CoLab Makeathon and to become an Academic Fellow, designing new systems with the latest technology to make a positive impact on our target group.


Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities? Please share any positive experiences you have had.

London is one of the most influential cities in the world and therefore the perfect place to network with leaders from any industry. There are a great number of events and festivals you can attend. I had the chance to attend the Hacking Homelessness Hackathon by BCG Digital Ventures, which was a great opportunity to connect with other tech, business and design enthusiasts.

Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?

I was sharing a flat with three fellow Imperial students in Hammersmith. Reflecting on it, I would totally do it again. First, sharing the apartment with friends makes you feel like home instantaneously. Lastly, Hammersmith is very well connected to Imperial by public transport. It takes only 20-minutes to get to the Business School. Most of the time I ride my bike to get to university. Furthermore, Hammersmith is very close to the River Thames and offers a great selection of local pubs.

When you’re not studying, what do you enjoy doing?

It never gets boring in London. Exploring one of the many museums, enjoying a fresh pint at a pub or even strolling through the nearby Hyde Park are great ways to enjoy the time when you’re not studying.

If you had to move to London for the programme, what have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London? What advice would you give to someone in a similar position?

When I moved to London, I didn’t know a lot of people. My roommates were even strangers at the beginning - I met them on an Imperial WhatsApp Group. The biggest advice I can give is don’t worry too much. With a bit of luck, everything turns out perfectly fine in the end.


Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online webinars or on-campus information sessions?

I went to a careers fair in my hometown and talked to members of the Imperial Recruitment team. Additionally, I participated in an online information session. Both were very helpful in the decision making and application process.

What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?

If you need some first-hand insights, don’t hesitate to get in touch with current students on the MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management programme. I did that for my application, and it was extremely helpful. The “Chat to our students” option on the Imperial website facilitates the process and makes it super easy.

Programme: MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management

Nationality: German

Undergraduate education: Business and Computer Science, Technical University of Munich