Tell us about your life in London
After I finished my undergraduate degree at Lancaster University, it was clear London would bring me the best professional interaction needed at Master’s level. I was advised by my professors to accept an offer from Cass Business School (part of City, University of London) for MSc Finance, and it was the best decision ever.
Can you describe London in three words?
Inspiring. Open. Second home!
Can you tell us more about Student Circus?
Student Circus is redefining the job search for international students. On our platform, students can apply for handpicked jobs which allow them to secure a work visa in the UK – which is usually a time-consuming and confusing task. We’re on a mission to help each student have a fair chance.
What motivated and inspired you to develop this project?
After graduating, I landed an internship with a startup in Soho, London. They wanted me full-time, but I couldn’t because of my issues with my visa. That’s where the idea came from.
Did your university support you with the development of your project?
I can’t thank them enough. We did three months of market research, made a business plan and did panel interviews. The university then sponsored our graduate entrepreneur visa, on which we could start our own business without any capital requirement – this is the most amazing scheme in the UK and proves that it’s open to talent from diverse backgrounds.
The Cass Entrepreneurship Fund helped us to focus on our business idea and we were offered a place at the City Launch Lab incubation space – soon afterwards, Cass Business School was one of our first clients!
Have you drawn on any wider support within London to develop your project?
The ecosystem and ease of starting a business in London is immense. We got onto the startup programme at City University’s incubation space. We were also named among the “Top 5 edtech startups” in the UK at the Digifest by JISC, which led to a three-month accelerator programme.
Soon afterwards, we applied for the Business Growth Programme with London & Partners and the Mayor of London. This led us to be recognised by London & Partners in its Jobs and Talent Toolkit, where we were listed among the top resources for employers to hire graduates in London.
We are growing at a fast pace, from four university clients in 2017 to more than 25 in 2018.
Any advice for students thinking about London as a study destination?
If your aim is to be a global citizen, this is the city for you. It will provide you with diversity, exposure, a network and the freedom to think big.