Imperial College London

Madina Nurguzhina

Business School

Research Postgraduate







Business School BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Madina is a doctoral student specializing in Entrepreneurship and Innovation within the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at Imperial College Business School.

Previously, Madina received her Master of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Technology Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. She possesses over a decade of valuable experience in the space industry. In addition to her industry expertise, she founded and successfully led her own e-commerce business for more than five years. Before embarking on her PhD studies, Madina served as an Instructor of BUS101 at the Graduate School of Business at Nazarbayev University.

Madina is a dedicated entrepreneurship scholar with a keen focus on female entrepreneurship. Her primary goals revolve around advancing academic understanding of the barriers to success faced by female entrepreneurs and exploring effective strategies to overcome these challenges. One of her current research interests centers on the networks of female entrepreneurs. She investigates factors contributing to limitations in the network behavior of female entrepreneurs and seeks innovative interventions to enhance their network agency. Her ongoing field experiments are conducted in Kazakhstan, where she addresses issues related to stereotype threats that hinder women’s progress in entrepreneurship. She is also deeply interested in female entrepreneurial communities and dedicated spaces that cater to the specific challenges women encounter in entrepreneurship, where essential moral support and championing each other’s ventures play a vital role.

Drawing from her own entrepreneurial experience and her dedication to entrepreneurship research Madina is committed to her mission to empower female entrepreneurs by translating her research findings into practical solutions that enhance the well-being and performance of women in entrepreneurship. She hopes that her overall research will have significant policy implications for entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship education and training, as well as for governments looking to offer tangible solutions to the challenges faced by aspiring women entrepreneurs to promote their growth and ambitions, in the context of developing countries.