Student Entrepreneur Giving Back to the Community
The Motivate and Inspire Educational Academy opened couple month ago in Forsyth County has already helped students attain their academic goals. It is quickly becoming a tremendous success because middle-school students relate well to their high school instructors.
Perhaps the most fascinating and impressive concept about the academy is its owner and founder, Anirudh Bikmal, who is only a high school junior. An exemplary role model for his peers, Mr. Bikmal is an insightful visionary and entrepreneur who has proactively turned his dreams into a reality. Anirudh has always felt his greatest reward comes from knowing he has given back to others and believes in building a karma-free society.
When asked what propelled him to start a tutoring academy at such a young age, he explained, “Throughout my sophomore and junior year I realized the number of students excelling in Georgia was exceedingly low. Bringing together friends and fellow students who are accomplished in multiple activities, I created the Motivate & Inspire Educational Academy (MIEdu Academy). The academy is founded on the principle that collective experience of successful high students in key areas will empower students with the drive to succeed. We are committed to offering a standard of excellence and I was determined to make this academy ‘happen’ – despite any challenges we had to face. Since my staff is comprised of overachievers, it is a priority that my instructors manage their time wisely to avoid compromising their own grades”.
Marketing his idea proved to be a challenge as well, but Anirudh is not one to be easily discouraged. “If I had to cite my strongest marketing strategy, I would have to say it was brainstorming. I first decided what would greatly appeal to young students and their parents. I also recalled how I myself had always wanted to receive tutoring services while attending middle school, but there were not any viable options available at the time. Basically, my academy serves as a starting point for students and provides them with a chance to springboard their goals onto the next level…middle school is a critical time because high school course expectations are significantly more demanding and students need to be well-prepared for the drastic transition.
My nonprofit business model was based on the following points”:
- Recruit enthusiastic high school students who are top academic performers
- Tutors will demonstrate a willingness to share their experience and expertise for which they will receive service hours
- Provide an informal and personalized learning platform for middle school students
- Instruction will be offered in all subject areas to include competitive math and sciences
- Tailored Prep tutoring for the Academic Bowl and Science Bowl
- Share my vision, give back to the community, and positively impact society
- Donate all funds to charity – more specifically, Food for Life (https://ffl.org/)
Anirudh believes it is important for students to be well-rounded individuals, carefully balancing academics and specialized interests. He is well-known at South Forsyth High School as one of their star tennis players. Additionally, Anirudh has attended many enrichment camps (which includes and not limited to attending Governor Honors Program for Math as a sophomore), participated in many clubs, founded the USABO (USA Biology Olympiad) club at his school, and volunteered several hours of his time for Atlanta local hospitals (recipient of Presidential service award).
Since opening in October 2014, the Motivate and Inspire Academy has raised over $400 for charity. Other contributing tutors are Akhil Kota, Rohit Konda, Satwik Nandala and Anish Bikmal.