The current Aston MBA student launched, ran and sold a raft of tech businesses in the Netherlands before his MBA, which he says supports entrepreneurs with funding, mentoring and workshops.
These include Gorilla Guard, which provided touchscreen protectors, cases and software for mobile phones and tablets, and Mobile Plus, an online shop for mobiles and other digital devices. His most successful, Enda Solutions, had a turnover of around €1 million.
My most successful business was my telecoms consulting start-up called Enda Solutions, which I was most proud of, because I was able to help my clients effectively with the development of their businesses, which was very satisfactory, and the fact that I reached a turnover of about €1 million within a few years, which was like a dream come true for me.
One of the reasons I sold my businesses was the fact that I wasn’t able to surpass my competition, despite having a strong position within my niche.
Initially I intended to study in the Netherlands, but after getting married, I and my wife decided to move to the UK. Fortunately, I am getting a UK degree from a very international business school, which is highly accredited.
Confucius [an influential Chinese philosopher] once said: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
That is exactly how I experienced entrepreneurship. I worked on average 70 hours a week, without getting tired. The hardest thing was finding the balance between my professional and personal life. On the one hand I didn’t want to stop working and on the other hand I wanted to spend time with my family and friends.
Fortunately, after selling my businesses, I learned that part of running a successful business is having healthy relationships not only within my professional environment, but also within my personal environment.
I wouldn’t be able to rate the start-up environment in the Netherlands. During the development of my company I wasn’t actually aware of a start-up community which potentially could have supported me. The only help I had was the mentoring of my father and support of my family, which was enough for me to succeed.
There are several start-up organizations within Aston that support students with funding, mentoring and workshops. Besides, MBA students have personal entrepreneurial support from our career development advisor Paul Schoonenberg. For example, he is currently searching for external funding for my new start-up.
Furthermore, Aston arranges network meetings for business students with professionals from different industries, which is very valuable for entrepreneurs.
Overall, Aston Business School has a great environment for entrepreneurial students, which I am currently making use of.
For further information, please contact Katy Lewis at Aston Business School on 0121 204 3124 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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