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Student Story: IMC has opened up a world of opportunities

A look behind the scenes of our bachelor degree programme Business Administration

James Gale comes from Ireland. The university’s focus on entrepreneurship and innovation really appealed to him. During his first semester in Business Administration, he won the annual Founders Lab competition with his multinational e-commerce business, StampOwl. Since his graduation in 2018 he is very successful with his business.

For James, his degree in Business Administration allowed him to broaden his horizons.

For James, his degree in Business Administration allowed him to broaden his horizons.

I've always wanted to become an entrepreneur

Since I was young, I have always dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur. However, I didn’t have the know-how, or the network to fully do so until I came to the IMC FH Krems. The possibility to study through English in such a multi-cultural environment helped me gain valuable insights into cultural differences of doing business abroad. I met my co-founder Martin during my first semester. Since then our entrepreneurial journey has taken us to many places.

The Founders Lab opened up a whole world of opportunities

Winning the university’s entrepreneurial competition, the Founders Lab, has opened up a whole world of opportunities and helped me scale and grow my own business, StampOwl. Martin and I have gone on to travel around Europe, pitching our business at numerous start-up events such as The European Innovation Academy in Nice and Bearing Point’s or Be an Innovator Finals in Berlin. These events have led to funding opportunities including securing a place on the Accent Incubator programme. Since winning the Founders Lab we have gone on to build a flourishing company with five employees. 

 Applying my knowlege directly into my company

During our Digital Communications class in the fourth Semester, we flew to Lithuania to manage a team of developers and build a selection of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality products to promote tourism in the city of Kaunas. This gave me great insights into the future trends of technology, which I applied directly into my own business. 

I completed my practical training semester (PTS) in my own company, StampOwl. This opportunity allowed me to push my business to new heights. I was able to take certain aspects from the Business Administration course and apply them directly into my company. I had access to lecturers and industry experts who were able to give me valuable advice and insights into different aspects of running a business.

My tip

Being an entrepreneur is both exciting and adventurous. It is a never-ending learning process of constant innovations. This degree program helps you spark your creativity, grow your network and provides you with the core tools necessary to build a global business. 

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