Karthikeyan Vijaykumar
(Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani)
Alexa Ranking
January, 2013
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Parent Company
Excedo Market Services Pvt. Ltd

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Number of Employee
1-10 employees

Head Office
Chennai, India
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twenty19’s Story

Twenty19 is India’s leading internship portal for college students.

Karthikeyan Vijaykumar started with his friend Rahul Prabhakar. The website links students to employers, helping them find internships, training courses and, competitions and events of their interest.

They got this idea when they had a chance to visit colleges & deliver a talk on entrepreneurship through NEN. The students they met clearly lacked industrial exposure and when they asked about their interest to intern, they were very keen to take up internships. They also spoke with their company contacts and they were mentioning the talent crunch. Hence, companies were willing to take in interns and offer a full-time job, if the interns did well.

They found students had no platform to apply. Companies were being spammed with applications. They weren’t even opening those emails. They needed suitable interns and were willing to pay if their need was met. Companies too had no proper channel to choose interns from. That’s when they thought of creating a website to deal with that internship model helped both students and companies.

Initially, they just wanted to connect the students & companies through and check if it solves the problem. They wanted to support the students in their search for practical exposure. However, within the initial 6 months, companies and students had a good feedback on Twenty19 solves a real problem for both students and companies which encouraged them. Twenty19, named after the age group it caters to, holds workshops in colleges. The site also has tips on resume writing, videos and a blog- all about helping rookies in the job market.

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