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Marcel - Developer UV technology

Marcel graduated in the Master Management, Economics and Consumer Studies with a profile in Marketing and Consumer Behaviour.

I started my own company a year ago.

Did you enjoy studying in Wageningen?

"I started in Eindhoven, but I hadn't made the right choice at that time and I changed my study and came to Wageningen. After all that time I can say that it is one of my best decisions ever. From the beginning I had a very good student life. The educational program is really good, no exaggeration. You are given a lot of freedom within the basic programme, so in this way you can personalize it. Besides, Wageningen University promotes internships and doing a master thesis abroad. For example, I went to Nigeria, where I learnt a lot even though it was a tough time. There, I worked for an internet company and I dealt with marketing strategies."

What is your current job?

"Now I have my own company, which I started a year ago. I develop UV technology and UV machinery for UV crop protection on turf grass. What I do is to use light to destroy the fungi without the use of chemicals."

Why did you decide to start a company in UV technology?

"Since I was young I am interested in natural processes. When I started my business I was already acquainted with the balance in nature. Thus, I am trying to copy natural principles to improve daily practice or to reduce the use of harmful chemicals. In my case; by using sunlight there will be less disease, less chemicals are needed and literally I bring the sun to the grass."

Do you do everything yourself in your company?

"Developing strategies and organizational growth are the spheres of my interest and occupation right now. For the technical part I have several partners who give me a helping hand with it."

What would you say to prospective students?

"I had an amazing an unforgettable time in Wageningen. I can advise all young people to follow their hearts and think about what they really like. If you find a study near to your heart, you'll definitely have a good time."

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