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A spirited and talented entrepreneur, who started three businesses whilst studying, has helped show entrepreneurs at Chester Business School where their business dreams can lead.

Maggie Chen shared her amazing story as a serial entrepreneur, who graduated from Oxford University and co-founded the Girls in Charge initiative, which aims to encourage young women to ‘try out’ entrepreneurship through game-based workshops.

Her work has seen her invited to the House of Lords and was featured in the Start-up Magazine and the national entrepreneurship report - Future Founders (2019)

Maggie said: "I had a wonderful time speaking to the students at Chester and seeing their creativity blossom throughout the session. They asked great questions, even some I had never been asked before! What a fantastic group of students!"

Maggie is now a PhD Researcher in Entrepreneurship at City University in London. Whilst doing that and heading up Girls in Charge, Maggie runs two other companies, one in dancewear and one in education. These companies were launched during her undergraduate and Master's studies respectively. She is also Deputy Chair of the Engagement Board at Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), as well as sitting on the Main Board and the Employers' Skills Board at the organisation.

Lecturer, Dr Ying Zhao said: “Maggie’s experience as a young, student entrepreneur, and her resilience and entrepreneurial spirit has inspired and encouraged students’ entrepreneurial intention. The activity is also providing students with other ways to investigate creative business ideas. I wish her companies great success.”

Interested in Entrepreneurship?  Find out more about our Business Management Entrepreneurship degree and entrepreneurship modules.

More information about Maggie is available on LinkedIn and the Girls in Charge website.

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