Oxford University was hosting one of its regular career fairs. Students were mingling with Magic Circle law firms, accountancy giants, banks, management consultancies and headhunters; many were stocking up on free pens, all were window shopping for a career. But second-year student Rajeeb Dey wasn’t impressed. ‘I looked at all work and internship opportunities, and thought: where do prospective entrepreneurs go?’
As president of the university’s Entrepreneurship Society, Dey had learnt that the best way to learn about how to create a business – apart from doing so – was to work in a start-up. ‘But the only roles we were exposed to on campus were those of blue chip corporations who were doing the graduate milk round’, he ...