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Putting words into action – sale of text-to-speech start-up linked to Sheffield MBA director

Thursday, July 20th, 2017


Dr Vasilis Theoharakis proves that tech start-up deals don’t always happen in Silicon Valley.

As director of the MBA, Vasilis hasn’t only built up an exceptional programme of experiential learning for students – he’s putting the relevant skills and theory into practice. A recent article by leading industry news site TechCrunch covered the sale of text-to-speech start-up Innoetics for whom Vasilis created the advisory board – he also managed part of the negotiation with buyer Samsung.

Innoetics’ product is ideally suited for application on intelligent interfaces, such as Samsung’s Bixby which works much like Siri on Apple products, or across other consumer electronic products and voice-powered services.

After starting his career in tech at IBM, Vasilis is now involved with a number of start-ups and does have links in Silicon Valley. He is a member of the management team at a prominent venture capitalist fund which provides seed money for the sector and passes his knowledge on to Sheffield’s MBA students who frequently interact with businesses and entrepreneurs through modules or the Career Accelerator Programme and Leadership Dinners. He said: “My experiences with companies like Innoetics ensure that I’m still at the sharp-end of business so our MBAs benefit from a realistic, up-to-date view of entrepreneurship and the start-up eco system.

“I make sure that our students put these learned skills into practice through the programme – it’s exciting to see their knowledge and abilities develop in this area via modules such as the New Venture Planning Challenge.”

This project-based core module, delivered in the second semester of the MBA, sees students work in groups to create a business plan and pitch it to a team of investors. Each team is mentored throughout by Vasilis, who guides them on selecting an entrepreneurial idea which leads into a comprehensive, fully-researched plan and presentation.

Vasilis concluded: “Entrepreneurship is one of the three key stands of our MBA programme – alongside leadership and consultancy. It’s a key skill, whether within an organisation or setting up on your own. I’m proud of what our MBAs go on to achieve and that my experience has contributed to their future.”


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Global ranking for the Sheffield MBA

Monday, February 6th, 2017


The Sheffield MBA has entered the QS Global rankings, acknowledged particularly for its superior research and employability offer.

The programme, with its focus on entrepreneurship, leadership and consultancy, continues to grow in profile and prestige. Director of MBA Programmes, Dr Vasilios Theoharakis, said: “This ranking is testament to our exceptional, ambitious students and a great deal of determination from the Management School team.”

“We’re delighted to see our MBA acknowledged in this world-leading forum and will ensure that we continue on this upward trajectory.”

2016 saw Dr Theoharakis and Ian Proctor, Executive Programme Manager, take the lead on the Management School’s executive offer – they have created exciting developments for our MBA.

Ian continued: “Our full-time MBA will equip you with the skillset to rethink your future – it’s appropriate that the programme now ranks amongst the best in the world. Students benefit from a dynamic learning environment, as well as our comprehensive Career Accelerator Programme and Leadership Dinner series which gives individuals exposure to some of the leading business people in the UK.”

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Top tier ranking for the Sheffield MBA

Monday, February 8th, 2016


The Sheffield MBA has been awarded Tier 1 status in the latest rankings from CEO Magazine.

CEO Magazine has been showcasing top business schools from around the globe since it first launched in 2008. The CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings, launched in 2012, are designed with applicants in mind and examine the nuts and bolts of an MBA: the learning environment, class sizes, tuition fees, faculty, delivery methods, international diversity, gender make-up and more. The objective is simple: to identify schools which marry exceptional quality with great ROI.

The Sheffield MBA Director, Dr Vasilios Theoharakis, commented on the announcement: “We’re delighted with the Tier 1 European accolade we’ve received from CEO Magazine. They have acknowledged and rewarded the very tangible, practical elements of the Sheffield MBA that make it unique.

“While studying at the Management School, our students focus on three key areas of work; entrepreneurship, leadership and consultancy which, alongside a rigorous academic programme and excellent links with organisations, develops a seasoned business leader – ready to innovate and excel in their chosen sector.”

Click here to view a PDF of all results, or visit the website.