From the age of seventeen, Akshay Ruparelia has been building his brand and has successfully become the third largest online estate agency, Doorsteps.co.uk. Doorsteps are the 3rd largest online agency in the UK and have sold over £1billion of homes in 3 years. Having spent 5 years in disruptive change in the property sector, with over 500% growth across 4 years, he is able to explore political and economic challenges, including those imposing on the property market.
He scaled a team from 0 to over 60, including international recruits and made the Forbes 30 Under 30 2021 list as one of the youngest honourees at the age of 23.
His goal is to change lives. Change lives through directly disturbing archaic, consumer-facing practices and help fellow founders, startups and charities – change lives through powerful practices of mission, value proposition, technology and high-performance organisational culture. His purpose is to leave a legacy that changed lives – through high performance and supporting others in reaching peak performance. Speaking allows him to express his enthusiasm and demolish common misconceptions about young people.
He continues to build upon and share his knowledge with young people through his Coaching and Consulting programme along with his tireless promotion of the government Kickstart Scheme, for which, he is now an approved gateway and aims to place 1000 young people into work by the end of 2021.
Akshay Ruparelia has just spoken at the Young Entrepreneur Summit 2021 in February of this year, alongside some of the most widely successful billionaires and entrepreneurs of this generation.
Having grown up with 2 deaf parents, he shares valuable lessons and experiences being a young carer at home. He declined a potential position at Oxford University to start his own business at 17 however he is an Oxford University 10KSB Alumni.
"Akshay's remarkable story is one of tenacity, grit and determination. Akshay is not one to be deterred by hindrances and hardships. He has viewed each obstacle as an opportunity which led to the setting up of Doorsteps.co.uk. Much has been said about Akshay’s success to date, but not enough about the tremendous hard work he puts in each day. My interactions have revealed a very mature, intelligent, enthusiastic and energetic young man who works tirelessly with lots of passion. Akshay won the Tenacious Property and Construction Award Under 20 at the 21st Century Icon Awards in 2017. This was against extremely stiff international competition in this category. As Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Squared Watermelon Ltd, which hosts these Awards, I was delighted with Akshay winning this Award. He truly epitomises the core values of a 21st Century Icon which the eminent panel of judges seek to validate during the selection process. Akshay is only 22 years making his journey even more interesting. It will be fascinating to follow his relentless pursuit to achieve continued success."
Tarun Ghulati, President & CEO - 21st Century Icon Awards
"From the first time of watching Akshay being interviewed on BBC, through to personally interviewing him recently about his entrepreneurial journey I have witnessed an individual who is driven, determined and resilient. Akshay isn’t afraid to roll his sleeves up, he openly shares his experiences and I cannot wait to see what milestones he achieves in the next few years, as I’m pretty the average person would take a lifetime to do the same."
Sharon Rai, Entrepreneur Development Manager - Natwest
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