Lavine Hemlani tells us about learning in-demand tech skills that boost professional life through Xccelerate.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Lavine Hemlani: We are focused on the safety of our community.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded Xccelerate.
Lavine Hemlani: Passionate about pioneering advanced technology education to empower individuals, enterprises, and workforces with 4th industrial revolution skills.
Founder and CEO of Xccelerate, a leading ed-tech, and future of work company headquartered in HK with a regional track record. Xccelerate is founded on the vision that the greatest opportunity for improving lives is education. Xccelerate addresses the colossal talent and skills challenges in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics Process Automation (RPA), Software Engineering, FinTech, and Design. With 10,500+ alumni, Xccelerate drives transformative outcomes for individuals, enterprises, and governments by leveraging expert instructors, proprietary curriculum, and learning software.
Lavine serves as Vice President of the Artificial Intelligence Society of HK, Board of Directors of the 24 Hour Race, the largest movement against modern slavery, President of Founders Circle, an ecosystem of high-impact entrepreneurs, and Non-Executive Director of RH-Software, a marketplace tech platform for empowering high-potential talent. Lavine began his career in investment banking in NYC at Lazard’s Mergers & Acquisitions division and held investment roles at Atlas Capital, Marwar Capital, Union Park Capital, and Thread Genius (acquired by Sotheby’s).
How does Xccelerate innovate?
Lavine Hemlani: Founded on the vision that the greatest opportunity for improving lives is education, Xccelerate aspires to reinvent tech education to address the colossal talent challenges in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics Process Automation, Software Engineering, Blockchain, and Design. We drive outcomes for individuals, enterprises, and governments by leveraging expert instructors, proprietary curriculum, and unique blended learning pedagogy.
Our campuses pioneer teaching innovation with graduates forming a unique talent pipeline for leading startups and MNCs to solve hiring challenges. Our learning and training platforms empower other organizations to keep ahead with technology acceleration both online and offline.
To date, Xccelerate has trained 10,500+ professionals and boasts a 91% hiring success rate in our immersive programs. We have a track record of powering enterprise training and graduate placements to various industry leaders and government units, including Hong Kong Hospital Authority, IBM, Microsoft, HSBC, Johnson Electric, AXA, Veolia, Zeroth.ai, Standard Chartered, and ANX.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Lavine Hemlani: We scaled tremendously in 2020 to serve the online learning needs.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Lavine Hemlani: Yes, we had to choose the right balance between online and offline to ensure that our community was safe but also still able to grow its impact.
What specific tools, software, and management skills are you using to navigate this crisis?
Lavine Hemlani: We have adopted Agile software development philosophies to drive forward
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Lavine Hemlani: We compete with a variety of online and offline training companies. Currently, we continue to reinvest cash flows into evangelizing our proprietary online-to-offline LIVE education platform using standardized curriculum design for learners and teachers to up-skill at scale. Since day 1, we have focused on an employment-based curriculum that inspires professionals to apply their learnings and boldly move away from business as usual. Our unique value proposition revolves around building highly engaging end-to-end educational experiences by continuously refining positive feedback loops such as gamification, social learning, peer-to-peer accountability, and market-driven content.
Your final thoughts?
Lavine Hemlani: As promised, please find attached Xccelerate’s intro deck (shorturl.at/owJUY). In 3.5 years, we have built a track record of up-skilling 10,500+ alumni by working with enterprises, government, and individuals on 4th industrial revolution skills (i.e., RPA, AI, Coding, UI/UX design, BlockChain). We are on a mission to accelerate the human race and grow all engines to achieve our vision of impacting millions, especially in solving the human capital development challenges across Asia.