After spending a year working in a venture fund in Australia, she decided to pursue a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge. Her continued interest in the business of science and technology led her to join the Cambridge University Technology Enterprise Club (CUTEC), later becoming the President and Chairman.
After achieving her PhD, she was selected to take part in the inaugural cohort of Entrepreneur First where she met her python teacher and Sparrho co-founder Niluka Satharasinghe. Since incorporating in July 2013 and closing a 6 figure seed round she has overseen Sparrho's rapid growth and now leads a team of 6.
A strong advocate for women in STEM, Vivian Chan was invited as one of 15 female CEOs to be take part in a ground breaking trip to the San Francisco and Palo Alto with UKTI and Silicon Valley comes to the UK. She was also selected as a semi-finalist for The Duke of York (UK) New Entrepreneur of the Year 2014.