The INSEAD MBA grad behind India’s 4th unicorn edtech startup – Study International News

INSEAD MBA graduates are known to be some of the most accomplished individuals — Chaitanya Kalipatnapu is one of them. After graduating, he co-founded India’s fourth edtech unicorn Eruditus, which runs the Emeritus Institute of Management and has recently raised US$650 million.

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INSEAD MBA graduates are known to be some of the most accomplished individuals — Chaitanya Kalipatnapu is one of them. After graduating, he co-founded India’s fourth edtech unicorn Eruditus, which runs the Emeritus Institute of Management and has recently raised US$650 million.

As a global platform for online education, this Mumbai-based startup (Eruditus) collaborates with top unis to offer more than 100 executive-level courses to students across 80 nations. It provides specialised courses aimed at higher education students which cost between US$5,000 to $40,000. Emeritus, on the other hand, provides short-term courses to middle managers.

What’s special about Kalipatnapu’s startup is that they work with more than 20 top-tier unis and is backed by the likes of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Sequoia Capital India. Below, we speak to him  about this global online education platform, his journey from village boy to successful INSEAD MBA graduate, and advice on how to balance work and social life:

Where did your interest in IT come from?

The short story is that I went into IT fortuitously and I fell in love with it. The longer version of it has to start by introducing my background. 

I come from a small town in the south of India where every parent wishes their child would aspire to be an engineer or a doctor. Thanks to my inclination in maths, I studied engineering. 

Right before my undergraduate years when the Internet was taking off in India, I had my first brush in IT. It really fascinated me in terms of the power and impact it has in creating a “borderless” society. 

Also, how it’s changed communications and the way information is transmitted. It was one of the big factors for me to pursue IT and later build a career around it. Of course, back then I was a 17-year-old and I had no idea of the scale of its impact today.

“I have a unique experience as I had the chance to do my internship at INSEAD for six months because my uni in India had a collaboration with them,” he says. Source: Chaitanya Kalipatnapu

Why did you choose to pursue an MBA at INSEAD from there?

I have a unique experience as I had the chance to do my internship at INSEAD for six months because my uni in India had a collaboration with them. I started as a software developer there. 

I went to India …….

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