Akshay Ravipati

I’ll start with a little background about my family as that might help in putting some of my decisions and future plans in context. I was born into an educated family of entrepreneurs in southern India. Two generations of my family before me were industrialists, and so, naturally, I always had the opportunity to be entrepreneurial and to find my passion.

After completing my schooling in India, I went to Georgia Tech in the US, which was a highly reputed institution in the field of Industrial Engineering, and during my time at Tech I began reading a lot about various business opportunities both in the US and in India. Eventually, after my graduation from Georgia Tech, I headed back to India and tried working on some of my ideas, but as time passed I began worrying that I wasn’t making much progress and that I came across too many hurdles. I, thus, began to feel that I might not be equipped with the complete skills required to start and run my own firm although I had the technical knowledge.

It was at this point that I decided that I need to pursue a Master’s degree, and so while researching several programs I came across the MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management program at Imperial College and I knew right away that this would be the most suitable program for me. It seemed like the perfect amalgam of some of the skills that I currently possess and also those that I so wish to hone.

Once I arrived at Imperial, and found out about the Ambassador scheme, I knew right away that it would be a great way for me to give back to the Imperial College community. I also felt my past experiences as a Teaching Assistant and as a Team Leader which have taught me a great deal in honing my interpersonal skills and helped me grow as a leader, will play a crucial role.

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