Arunima Sinha’s journey from Probationary Officer to Founder of a successful edtech startup, ixamBee

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Some people are born educators and this saying is definitely true in the case of Arunima. Arunima hails from a small town in Bihar, and she did her schooling from Harnaut in Nalanda District. After completing her Graduation from Ranchi, she joined Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) as Probationary Officer in 2000. In 2001, she joined the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) and worked till October 2010. She worked as a banker for nearly a decade but she always had an inkling towards teaching and mentoring.

She resigned from SIDBI to pursue her dream of mentoring, training, and teaching students. In January 2011, she started STRATAGEM, a tutorial academy, in Dehradun to prepare students for Banking and SSC exams. Along with her students, she also started chasing their dreams of a rewarding career in Banking and other sectors. It started with a modest first batch of only five students, however, all the five students cleared the exams and got placed as Probationary Officers in different banks. After that, there was no looking back and since then Arunimahas trained thousandsof students and the success rate has been marvelous. She accomplished all this as a One-(Wo)Man Army with no other support.

In 2015, she met Mr. Chandraprakash Joshi (CP) in the board meeting of Disha India Micro Credit, an NGO working for microfinance. Chandra at that time was working with YES Bank and Arunima was one of the board members of Disha. In 2016, after quitting his job at YES Bank, Chandra wanted to start an online education platform and he contacted the best person he had met a year ago, Arunima. Meanwhile, she was also in the process of expanding Stratagem, as managing hundreds of students in one location was taking a toll on her. In 2016, Chandra, Sandeep Singh, and Arunima Sinha decided to start ixamBee, an online platform for the preparation of banking and other competitive exams.

Arunima has left an indelible mark in the lives of students of ixamBee and has been part of the success journey of many. She is a favorite among students and is frequently looked up to for guidance. Arunima, mother of two kids, co-founder ixamBee, heads the Content Development Vertical at ixamBee. Under her expert guidance, the ixamBee team gets continuously trained to create most exam relevant content for the students preparing for competitive exams. Arunima is the humblest person one can ever meet, and her passion and energy to mentor her students to bring a makeover change in their lives is remarkable. She truly justifies the saying ‘Action Speaks louder than words.

I feel great joy and satisfaction in guiding students on their journey of achieving their goals and aspirations. Nothing makes a teacher more proud than the success of her students and I am glad that I have been given an opportunity to make a difference in their lives.” – Arunima Sinha

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