The problem of unemployment is something that our country has faced for a long time now. You often hear about people being qualified yet not getting the job they want. We need to understand that a major cause for this among other reasons is the inadequacy of skills the person has for the job that they are applying for.
Here is where Ed-Zoe comes into use. Ed-Zoe is a startup that provides an aggregator marketplace that primarily solves the challenges of skill development for guaranteed employment in a stress-free manner. The startup makes sure to make you well-equipped for the job you are searching for.
Angelin Jeevamony, the CEO of Ed-Zoe, has always been someone who is passionate to solve problems. Her curiosity to always find the better option has enabled her to be a lifetime learner of new things. Her skills include Management Strategy, Research, and much more.
Team Sociobits connected with the Founder to know more about her company, the company’s competition, and what lies for them in the future.
Team Sociobits: Tell us a little about the company and how you came up with its idea?
Angelin Jeevamony: I had my fair share of difficulties coming from Nagercoil (Kanyakumari), India’s southernmost tip. I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with communication barriers when it comes to communicating in English. I frequently felt alienated while reading academic texts and comprehending the concepts contained within them. I’ve always wanted to learn concepts in my native language because it allows me to learn more quickly and with greater interest than spending time as a non-native English speaker trying to figure out the meaning behind English words.
I discovered hundreds of young people with high test scores who lacked basic job skills while working for a top recruitment firm. Further investigation revealed that the skill gaps are primarily the result of a force in scorecards rather than practical learning. Further investigation revealed that language plays a significant role for a person who wishes to upskill with deep understanding, which had always been a barrier for me in previous years, but was still prevalent in many people, particularly the rural population.
Another question arose while considering the skills available in the native language: since skills are primarily taught for employment, would the type of skills taught lead to an employment opportunity with unknown recognition? This pushed me to help people learn employment-based skills in their native language from employers (Businesses) themselves with a direct brand or business recognition where potential employees can be properly trained before even seeking any employment opportunity and getting placed wherever they want with proper recognition from the employers, which is when Ed-Zoe was born.
Team Sociobits: What issues are you resolving through your startup?
Angelin Jeevamony: Ed-Zoe is a startup that provides an aggregator marketplace that primarily solves the challenges of skill development for guaranteed employment in a stress-free manner. According to the data and our research analysis, we encountered a significant number of people, particularly those from rural backgrounds, who were naturally discouraged from learning new skills because they were unable to cope with the market content. They felt the content fell short of their expectations, particularly when it came to learning regional languages.
I’ve always wanted to learn concepts in my native language because it allows me to learn more quickly and with greater interest than spending time as a non-native English speaker trying to figure out the meaning behind English words.Angelin Jeevamony, CEO, Ed-Zoe.
Not only that but there is a lot of confusion these days about which platform one can rely on for upskilling when it comes to employment before purchasing an upskilling course. So Ed-Zoe comes to their aid. On the other hand, this solves a significant problem in the B2B end of finding a potential candidate for a specific position as they serve as content partners to observe these trained pools of candidates with a brand certification with the utmost trust, which is a win-win situation for both the employer and the job seeker.
Team Sociobits: How has your journey been so far?
Angelin Jeevamony: We’ve been working on this concept since 2020. We’ve done enough on-site and online research, as well as attended multiple accelerator programs and fine-tuned them. It has not been an easy journey. Many people were discouraged by our idea, and only a few people stood by us and helped us get started. Thank you to everyone who has helped, the majority of whom are family and friends. So far, so good; all we can say is that we have learned a lot; we are partnering with Top Brands and especially SMEs from various Industries to onboard them as content partners and deliver high-quality, real-world content for a specific job position in a much more convenient way of learning through Self Paced Mode, Live Sessions, and Offline Learning.
we are partnering with Top Brands and especially SMEs from various Industries to onboard them as content partners and deliver high-quality, real-world content for a specific job position
Team Sociobits: What are the challenges that your startup has faced or may face?
Angelin Jeevamony: Speaking with employers about content creation was initially difficult because businesses see it as extra work. However, following the successful completion of our MVP with potential businesses such as Naturals beauty salons and Spa, Ensileta Interiors, Dock Charge, a recent Startup in the EV Space, GardenGram, and many others who have offered courses to create more trained candidates for specific job positions such as Makeup Artist, Battery Technician, Interior Designers, and so on.
We are now receiving positive responses in B2B Partnership. Our client base is gradually expanding, and we are in talks with companies in the medical industry, logistics, and hospitality management, among others, about content partnerships. We will launch our Robust working model before December 2022, with promising brands for promising positions.
Team Sociobits: Who are the potential competitors of your company and why should users choose you?
Angelin Jeevamony: When it comes to a MOOC Model, we don’t see EdTech players like Udemy or Coursera as competitors. Our value proposition is straightforward: we offer any type of course to Industries directly from businesses for future employment.
Team Sociobits: Do you have any immediate goals set to be achieved this year?
Angelin Jeevamony: Yes. We want to onboard 100 businesses as content partners before December 2022. We also want to raise seed capital for scaling up and incubating the company at IIT Madras.
Angelin Jeevamony: Within two years, we hope to have a strong 200 Brands and 500000 trained talent pools for businesses in various sectors. Our goal is to create this ground-breaking platform for both businesses and job seekers, bringing hope and smiles into people’s lives through employment.
Any SME or Brand interested in developing trained talent pools or having difficulty finding qualified candidates for a specific role should consider partnering with us. Our platform can assist businesses in growing from Tier 1 to Tier 4 markets. If the reader is looking for work, Ed-Zoe now allows them to learn directly from brands.
Ed-Zoe continues to strive and make its platform better and with the utmost convenience for the users. At a time after the pandemic, a platform like this will come in handy for thousands of people who don’t have a direction.