Published on 23/09/2022
Ravi Ranjan
  • Ravi Ranjan, from Aston Business School, is nominated in the MBA Startup of the Year category for the creation of Voilo
  • Voilo is an app that allows shoppers to make, and businesses and charities to take, payments using QR codes
  • Winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 9 December 2022

An Aston University graduate has been shortlisted for an Association of MBAs & Business Graduates Association (AMBA & BGA) Excellence award.

The AMBA & BGA Excellence awards bring together the leading lights of the global business education community to celebrate excellence among Business Schools, students, graduates, suppliers, and employers that share AMBA & BGA's values of ambition, impact and integrity.

Ravi Ranjan, who studied the Aston MBA at Aston Business School, is nominated in the MBA Startup of the Year category for the creation of Voilo. Voilo is an app that allows shoppers to make, and businesses and charities to take, payments using QR codes.

The MBA Startup of the Year award encourages and promotes the value of startup business strategy and innovation in the current competitive climate and showcases its importance in the global market.

Ravi said:

“We are on a journey of revolutionising payments through our unique banking technology, ensuring no businesses and charities are left behind, as every business is unique in its own way.

“The value of any idea lies in its execution and Aston Business School dilate entrepreneurial and business understanding in a holistic way.

“Entrepreneurship is a rollercoaster journey, and recognition by AMBA & BGA MBA startup of the year helps us to gain the confidence in order to take the business further.”

Professor Pawan Budhwar, head of Aston Business School, said:

“It is wonderful to see Ravi and his business nominated for a such an award.

“The MBA Startup of the Year award is designed to celebrate innovative business strategy – taking something from idea to action.

“It is something Aston Business School promotes with more of an interest in the idea and potential of ventures, and their plans, rather than any financial or monetary results in the early stages of entrepreneurship.”

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 9 December 2022 at the Biltmore Hotel in London.

Notes to Editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a university since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiary groups – students, business and the professions, and the West Midlands region and wider society. Located in Birmingham at the heart of a vibrant city, the campus houses all the University’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Aleks Subic is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

In 2022 Aston University was ranked in the top 25 of the Guardian University Guide, based on measures including entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects. The Aston Business School MBA programme was ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking.

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