For students, choosing the right college has always been a long and tedious process. Making a decision becomes inordinate due to the potential outcomes and risks associated with it. Juggling amongst the college choices, makes a student feel the actual pressure in life hoping to get the best college.
Bangalore-based Helpingo is a platform for students where they can connect with current college students and ask their unbiased and frank opinion about their college. It aims to bridge the gap between the school pass-outs who are hunting for good colleges and can easily connect with the college students, providing them with useful information.
How does it work
Amidst the explosion of college-related information on the Internet, indecisiveness surrounds a student that remains unsolved, pertaining to placements, branches, faculty, food, infrastructure, hostel life, etc.
Any prospective college student can either ask a question on a Q&A forum or directly dial a college senior on phone. The idea is to connect the would-be college students to the existing college students or their alumnus.
The calling is done via a third party cloud telephony service which routes the calls. This ensures privacy without disclosing the number in public.
Within two months time, the team of 8 people have successfully on boarded 200 college students (seniors) from various engineering colleges and has over 500 signups. There have been around 100 calls asking about various doubts like placements, branches, faculty etc.
Other players in this domain, like Shiksha and Collegedunia already have a big customer base. Helpingo claims to differentiate itself through their instant connect factor with the students, i.e solving queries in no time.
The startup doesn’t charge any money from the students. Furthemore, they will be looking for partnerships in the near future to bring a monetisation model in place.
Helpingo has raised some funds from friends and family. It is trying to expand their community base to 10,000 students. This will not just involve engineering students, but also medical, law, design and other verticals.
It might be a daunting task for Helpingo to prove itself amidst established players like Careers360, Shiksha, Collegedunia, etc. But having taken a fresh approach with its instant alumni connect feature, the startup might be able to turn the game in its favour.