Twenty19 is a website for students to connect to companies and get real-world experience in order to live out their dreams. With a stated goal of “enable[ing] every student to be in a position to choose and pursue their dream career”, the founders of the company certainly chose a lofty target. With 3000 companies and 2500 colleges having used their services to provide internships to 30,000 students, every second seems to make their goal more achievable.
Inc42 got in touch with the CEO and Co-Founder of Twenty19, Mr. Karthikeyan Vijaykumar to get a closer look at their work.
1. How would you describe Twenty19.com in your own words?
Twenty19.com helps college students in India gain practical exposure through internships, learn industry-relevant skills and live their dream career. Twenty19 also helps companies across India reach out to college students & recruit top student talent for Internships.
2. How did you come up with the idea? Does it solve a problem or does it fill a gap in the market?
We got this idea when we had a chance to visit colleges & deliver a talk on entrepreneurship through NEN. The students we met clearly lacked industrial exposure and when we asked about their interest to intern, they were very keen to take up internships. We also spoke with our 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. This internship model helped both students and companies.