Akshay Chaturvedi is an Indian entrepreneur. He was listed on the Forbes India’s 30Under30 list, and then subsequently on the Forbes Asia’s 30Under30 list, both in early 2020. He founded Leverage Edu, and as its CEO, now runs what is India’s most prominent Study Abroad platform, with over 120Mn annual users & 25000+ successfully placed students. He also started Fly.finance under the Leverage umbrella, which today does over $100Mn worth in annual loans & $75Mn+ worth of aggregated international remittance with Fly loans and Fly Forex.
Akshay has raised over $70Mn
from top global VCs & PEs, family offices, successful business operators and retail syndicates.
LeverageEdu was last valued at $150Mn after its Series C round of financing in July 2023.
Akshay became a CNBC Young Turk, named eponymously after India’s top business/
entrepreneurship show, in 2019. Later that year, he also won the TiE Entrepreneurial Excellence
Award. In 2020, he won the BusinessWorld TechTors award, touted among the top tech
entrepreneurs to watch out for.
As Prime Minister’s Champions of Change, selected in 2019, he worked closely with the Indian ministries on higher education policy framework. In Nov 2022, Akshay appeared on the cover page of the reputed Entrepreneur Magazine in its edition of “The Most Daring CEOs”. In July 2020, he was awarded as Entrepreneur of the Year (Consumer Business) by the Entrepreneur Magazine. He also made it to the ObserveNow 40u40 list in 2022. In June 2022, Akshay went on to become the Education Entrepreneur of the Year awarded by Entrepreneur India. He has also been featured on the front page of top business dailies like The Economic Times in over half a dozen editions in the last year.
Akshay has spoken at UNDP (on scaling Youth Aspirations), WISE (in Qatar; on Cities as the new education ecosystems), Vivatech Paris (on Future Skills), EdTechX Europe (in London; on Leverage Edu’s use of AI), at the World Economic Forum (in Astana, Kazakhstan; on higher education models for the future).
He has also spoken at events organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs, FICCI Frames, PHD Chambers of Commerce, IMC YLF et al. Other than that, he has given long-form talks at TEDx, Josh Talks, as well as spoken on television & radio programs at Times Now, CNBC, NDTV, Rajya Sabha TV, All India Radio, RED FM, etc. He has also been interviewed by international and nationally renowned journalists like Barkha Dutt, Shereen Bhan, Megha Vishwanath, Punita Sabharwal, Rajiv Singh, Saurabh Kumar, amongst others.