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INSEAD Alumni Entrepreneurs

Approximately half of our graduates run their own companies at some point in their careers.  Others join high growth ventures, lead entrepreneurial projects within corporations or focus on social entrepreneurial ventures. Some work with entrepreneurs as angel, venture capital or private equity investors. INSEAD is proud of their achievements and impact.

The INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship is developing a library of profiles which offer a glimpse into our alumni's journeys in entrepreneurship. Our goal is to allow our alumni to share their stories and inspire a new generation of INSEAD entrepreneurs.

Find below our recently published profiles and please visit our Profiles Page to search by industry.  You can also see a sampling of companies founded or led by INSEAD alumni on our Ventures Page.






Stephane Kurgan MBA’96J

King Digital Entertainment

King has developed more than 200 fun titles offering games in over 200 countries and regions, across web, social and mobile platforms. Their franchises include Candy Crush, Farm Heroes, Pet Rescue and Bubble Witch. The games are synchronised across platforms, allowing players to switch seamlessly between devices and platforms and continue their game wherever they left off.


Stephane guided King Digital Entertainment through its IPO in March 2014 and its acquisition by Activision Blizzard Inc. (among its titles World of Warcraft and Call of Duty) in February 2016 to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard for a total transaction value of US$5.9 billion



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Marcus Swanepoel, MBA'10D


Co-founder and CEO of Luno (formerly BitX),  a global crypto-currency platform that provides highly secure mobile wallets, institutional quality exchanges, and various API’s for merchant and other business integration. Luno customers around the world use the platform for faster and cheaper money transfers, buying online, and trading and storing their Bitcoin. 


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Lee Gonzalez, MBA'12J

The Local NY

L&L Hospitality


It was during my time at Wharton that I took a road trip around Spain. A friend and I set out on our adventure with just an analogue phone and a map – this was pre smartphones, GPS and Google maps. The most frustrating part of the trip was finding a good place to stay. It got me thinking about the lack of quality

budget accommodation in Europe and I was sure I could do better…The seed was sown and on my return to Wharton I wrote a business plan for creating a chain of hostels.


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Hesham Ezzat, MBA'97D


“Prior to INSEAD I had no intention of being an entrepreneur - I liked the idea but didn’t know how to do it.” By 2016 he had started two ventures and was COO of Terium LLP.



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Cho HyunWook GEMBA'16


Cho Hyunwook’s first steps as an entrepreneur were in 1999 when he joined Web-C Intermedia as COO, having just completed 24 months national service in Korea. Web-C Intermedia had been founded by a friend who had served with Cho in the same platoon



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