Nimish Keshri – Most of the core team is from SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur. So, we all know each other from a long time. In fact, we were already aware of each other’s strengths and weaknesses before the thought of a startup struck our head.
The journey till now has had its ups and downs, but we all are glad that we are in this together. We have each other’s back no matter what. That is why this difficult journey feels like a cakewalk.
When you start your Entrepreneurial Journey and How?
Call it a happy accident or destiny, but SkillVertex was not on our mind when we were preparing to step into the corporate world. In fact, we interviewed with multiple MNCs during the placement season. That is when we realised that their questions were out of what we were ever taught. Sure. On paper, it can be said that a particular topic was covered. However, colleges at times brush past several important topics. That is when we realised that we need to do something about it and help everyone get a shot at good jobs.
What strikes in your mind to start this business?
Like we mentioned, we were shell shocked to find out that we were totally unprepared for job interviews. And, the urge to blame it on college was prominent. So, we wanted to make sure that no student ever feels as helpless as we did. That is what drives us to keep learning and mentoring.
Specific service of your business.
Skillvertex is an e-learning platform that provides budget-friendly upskilling programs under a diverse range of domains. These programs can be accessed by anyone- from a metro city or a small town. Not only do our experienced industry experts provide the students in-depth knowledge of their fields, but also the masters interact with them one-on-one to clear their doubts. We focus heavily on practical knowledge through real-time projects in industry simulated environments.
Additionally, we provide career counseling, personality development sessions along with globally accepted certifications.
We give everything we have to get our students the dream job they seek and deserve.
Your state of mind before starting the business.
Everyone says that the industry is tough. Most e-learning platforms just upload their material and tests without giving individual attention to every student. But we wanted to be different. As we mentioned earlier, we wanted to ensure that everyone has all the tools in their hands to go after what they wanna do. We all have just one lifetime; why settle when we can make our dreams come true?
What are your achievements in your field or business?
Thanks to our dedicated core team and employees, we have a vast network of 80000+ people. In just one year, we have 6000+ active learners on our platform. We are also partnered with reputed institutes like SRMIST and M.O.P Vaishnav for their extra credit courses. In fact, we were recently awarded with the honour of being the Best Edtech Platform ‘21 by CE Worldwide.
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The most difficult and inspiring time in your journey.
We have learnt that adversity is the only time when inspiration strikes. Just like several budding businesses, we also suffered a loss when the pandemic hit us unexpectedly. We had made several investments and projections which were left hanging when the second wave hit. No matter our numbers, we are still a new business, and it was imperative that we survived the wave. Thankfully, we all chimed in and pulled all the strings to not only sustain but be profitable during these times.
How will you see your company after 5-10 years?
In terms of the core team, we are extremely delighted where we are- together in the grind. However, we would like to expand and help more people out. We would include more domains and intricate learning experience. We would like to see our brand recognized from afar and cherished for the work we did.
Most importantly, in 5 to 10 years, a lot of our learners would be at the top of their fields- content and happy. We would like to witness their happiness.
Any message you like to convey to the country.
Everyone says that India is a gold mine of talent to be extracted. We don’t agree.
We believe India is the birthplace where talent is born. Every Indian is a proud citizen of this nation. So, why not be a proud master of your life?
Do what you love; love what you do.
Sharpen what you have; earn what you don’t.