Since graduating from our BSc Information Management for Business programme in 2019, Dean Celaj’s startup, akademi.al, has grown from strength to strength and now has over one million global users. The e-learning platform offers free education to Albanian-speaking children and has secured high-profile partners such as UNICEF and the British Embassy.
Dean has received global recognition for his entrepreneurial talents and was named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2022 and featured on the Social Impact list with akademi.al.
What does Akademi do and how did the idea come about?
What have been your biggest challenges as an entrepreneur?
Do you think the skills you learnt on the IMB programme helped you navigate the entrepreneurial process and overcome these challenges?
Why did you decide to study IMB at UCL SoM?
What do you think makes the IMB programme so unique?
What were your top three takeaways from the programme that enabled you to pursue entrepreneurship?
- Understanding how technology works in the backend e.g. semantic web was really helpful to understand, especially with the emergence of blockchain
- Realising what could be a good idea to focus a startup on for me e.g. SaaS products, IoT, AI, etc.,
- Corporate life is not for me - I did a placement year at Accenture and that was sort of the deciding factor to pursue entrepreneurship.