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Vinoth Balasubramanian

Career Path: Founder & CEO Decarco Innovative Battery Technology Startup
Location: United Kingdom

My name is Vinoth, and my journey into the world of renewable energy began with a Master's degree in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Technology. Equipped with a solid foundation, I transitioned into the role of a renewable energy engineer, eager to apply my knowledge and make a real-world impact. As I delved deeper into the industry, I gained invaluable experience and expertise, steadily climbing the ranks and contributing to various projects aimed at advancing sustainable energy solutions. Along the way, I encountered diverse challenges and opportunities that further fuelled my passion for the field. However, it was during my time at York Business School pursuing my MBA that the seeds of entrepreneurship were planted within me. The program not only honed my business acumen but also instilled in me the entrepreneurial spirit to turn my ideas into reality. Fuelled by a desire to make a difference and armed with newfound knowledge and skills, I took the leap and founded my startup. Right now, my startup is heavily invested in R&D for innovative technology aimed at addressing the pressing social aspect of climate change. We're committed to developing solutions that not only mitigate environmental impact but also contribute to a more sustainable and resilient future. Today, as I navigate the entrepreneurial landscape, I'm driven by a vision of creating innovative solutions that not only address the pressing challenges of our time but also pave the way for a more sustainable future. Each day presents new opportunities for growth and impact, and I'm excited to continue this journey of making a meaningful difference in the world.

Vinoth

What are you doing now?

Currently, I'm focusing on leading my startup here in Newcastle Upon tyne with research labs operating in Indian & Estonia , which is heavily invested in research and development for innovative technologies aimed at combating climate change. We're dedicated to creating solutions that address the pressing social and environmental challenges of our time. This involves overseeing various aspects of the business, from strategy development to hands-on involvement in R&D projects. Additionally, I'm actively engaged in networking within the industry, collaborating with partners and stakeholders, and staying updated on the latest advancements in renewable energy and sustainability. Overall, my primary focus is on driving forward our mission to make a positive impact in the fight against climate change. I also run a Business consulting company which operates world wide on providing sustainable consultancy solutions to various industries.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

It was the option of advance practice which gave me the first impression on how that industrial project time would help me utilise the previous 1 year of learning.

What was it like studying at Northumbria? 

One aspect I particularly appreciated was the emphasis on practical, hands-on learning. Many of my courses incorporated real-world projects, case studies, and industry collaborations, allowing me to apply theoretical concepts to real-life situations. This approach not only deepened my understanding of the subject matter but also equipped me with valuable skills and experience that are directly applicable to my career.

How connected was your course with industry?

My course at Northumbria was highly connected with industry, which was one of the aspects that attracted me to the university. Throughout my studies, there was a strong emphasis on practical application and real-world relevance, facilitated by frequent interactions with industry professionals. Got to know various local companies and projects which involved my field of study which helped me learn more about real life applications.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

Northumbria's strong emphasis on employability and career development equipped me with the tools and resources necessary to succeed in my chosen field. The university offered career workshops, networking events, and internships that helped me build a strong professional network and gain exposure to potential employers. the practical and industry-focused approach of my courses provided me with hands-on experience and relevant skills that directly translated into the workplace. From real-world projects to industry placements, I gained invaluable experience that set me apart from other candidates in the job market.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Problem solving , Critical thinking, Team Player, Technical expertise

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Be open to new experiences, perspectives, and opportunities during your time at Northumbria. Embrace challenges, step out of your comfort zone, and seize every chance to grow personally and professionally.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Growth, Opportunity, Fun

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