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Name: Jyothi Noronha

Business: FulcrumEdu  

Location: Bengaluru, India

Industry: Education & Training

Reason for starting? In India, we are seeing an evident gap in the skill set of the graduates coming out of colleges and corporate expectation for their entry level workforce. So an industry designed and delivered professional skill training and engagement program will solve both problems. FulcrumEdu is an uber tech-savvy finishing academy solely focused on bridging the industry academia gap by working with industry leaders and technology providers to be the content providers and involving enterprises in grooming academics – both students and faculty to be ready with latest technologies and trends.

We work on niche technologies like cloud, big data and machine learning and in-demand areas of expertise like entrepreneurship development, agile practices and research approach. Our team is made of all female technical experts with a passion for teaching and new technologies.

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How do you define success? Success is to be able to reach a large number of students from all streams and bring in at least 100 companies to work with them – train them, mentor them and provide internships and eventually help them with their employment. Success is when FulcrumEdu creates a self sustaining eco system of providers and learners facilitated by us where industry academia alliances can be fostered. Success is when students can learn a lot with the free resources of FulcrumEdu and contribute back to the system. Success is when enterprises and students see value in FulcrumEdu and help its growth for value added services which will be the revenue model for the company.

Biggest success: Some of our biggest successes include our partnership with Salesforce, the world’s number one Cloud CRM Company; our partnership with Informatcia, a market leader in Data; our partnership with Prestigious EDII for entrepreneurship development; and training more than 150 students and providing internship options to all our deserving candidates.

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What is your top challenge and how you have addressed it? The top challenges are convincing academics of the new technologies. They usually go with only very well known well established training courses which are not really industry relevant or useful for students looking for job opportunities. So we tackled this problem by clubbing what the colleges most want – internships and projects. So it was a win-win for both.

Who is your most important role model? Alok Kejriwal, an entrepreneur and founder of one of the biggest online community of entrepreneurs. His spirit to spread entrepreneurship is highly appreciated.


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