"InternsValley" A networking platform to enable startups and students to exchange experience and efforts together!

08 Jul 2017

Entrepreneurs and SMEs can now rely on talented employees who believe in their mission and form a team on a single mission. On May 31, 2017, the InternsValley team announced the launch of the second version “BETA” of its matching web platform InternsValley.com, following the success of the initial release “ALPHA”, which began early last year and has attracted 74 emerging projects and 4,900 university students to date.

 InternsValley platform aims to connect university students and fresh graduates with entrepreneurs, start-ups and medium-sized companies to work together and exchange experiences. The platform provides students and graduates with opportunity to apply what they have learned in a real world in a practical training, and entrepreneurs on the other hand to build a proactive, passionate team with the ability to challenge flexibly without the cost being a constraint.

InternsValleyPhoto Copy-Rights are reserved to our strategic partner: enpact 

While the university student or graduate is looking for a real job opportunity in the field in which he aspires to work in the future or on a specialization that suits his passion and gives him the experience that backs up his academic studies, it becomes difficult to achieve this in practical terms due to the overcrowding of the job market with hundreds of thousands of graduates who are looking for jobs, too.

On the other hand, entrepreneurs of emerging startups are struggling to reach human resources,  especially good calibers who can work on their projects without affecting their limited financial resources. Most entrepreneurs avoid building a human resources department during the early startup stages, neither outsourcing the recruitment process altogether to third parties, to save fund for more priority activities. Since financial resources are usually the biggest challenge to growth and stability of any emerging business, reducing the initial labor costs is one of the most creative ways to push these projects forward.

The integration of entrepreneurial market and academic environments in universities helps reduce obstacles for startups, and provides students with opportunities to know and learn about the job  market before graduation and the practical skills required for work.

 InternsValley.com provides businesses with the ability to post their needs of young talents who are willing to participate in their projects as “interns/trainees” for a period ranging from one to three months or up to 6 months and sometimes up to 12 months. In many cases, permanent employment contracts are subsequently concluded with the employers if the trainees prove their worth, which is also an additional advantage that contributes to opening employment to university graduates based  only on professional competence.

 According World Bank studies (*) on emerging markets -as in Arab countries, 4 out of each 5 opportunities available in the job market, are provided by small and medium enterprises. Therefore these environments provide great opportunities for training besides easy access to them in contrast with major and global companies. InternsValley platform is providing a variety of training opportunities through the participant companies from different fields.

 Through the initial release of the website, InternsValley team has already been able to achieve this goal in an excellent way and to have great interaction between students and companies on the platform, and to gain appreciation of our effort to connect them to work together. According to the companies that posted training opportunities (Internships / Traineeships) (**) on the our website, the number of applicants was very sufficient, and the candidates were very close to their  requirements, which enabled them to choose the best people within a short period of time of “Call for interns!” ad.

InternsValleyPhoto Copy-Rights are reserved to our strategic partner: enpact 

The team was able to monitor and evaluate the interaction of users, and to collect their observations and suggestions during the trial period and to take them into consideration during the development phase of the next release, to improve site characteristics and maximize the benefit to them.

By the end of the experimental operation of the platform, which was almost before the exams period at universities (October, 2016), the "InternsValley" team has begun work on the new release of the platform, which includes improvements in the user interface, and facilitates the way the site works,  as well as increasing the site's capacity to handle more users with better performance and stability.

The new version enables both student and entrepreneur to reach his goal more efficiently and in less time; here is a brief of the new improvements: 

New user interface; featuring a very smooth experience to the user in a simple and easy way, in addition to the enhanced compatibility with most browsers to ensure design consistency for all users.

New student profile; serves as a brief resume that is more appropriate for university students and recent graduates and at the same time replies to questions of the startup and mid-sized companies who are looking for the right candidates. The new profile replaces traditional CVs and expresses the skills of the student in simple and clear way.

New Dashboard: “student's account”; now includes a notification system that shows updates continuously to the user, such as the status of his application for a particular opportunity, informing him of the transition from the waiting state to reviewing, determining whether it has been shortlisted or has been excluded from the opportunity.

In “company’s account”, the control panel now helps them choose the most suitable candidate for their team by displaying a list of applicants for each opportunity, viewing their full profiles by clicking on them, and easily assigning each candidate as appropriate to the opportunity by choosing the candidate status from a drop-down list.

Thus, InternsValley platform makes it easier and faster to connect companies with students. This will allow the largest number of students to receive training opportunities that develop their skills and open the doors for them to work and professional practice before graduation, and saves time and resources for entrepreneurs when choosing members of their team, without dumping among the hundreds of irrelevant CVs of costly full timers.

 InternsValleyPhoto Copy-Rights are reserved to our strategic partner: enpact 

During the trial period of the first edition, the site served as an electronic platform to connect university students and new graduates with entrepreneurs “owners of start-up and SMEs companies”, they proved merit in providing opportunities for learning and gaining experience for university youth and benefiting more than 70 leading companies and supporting them with skilled talents and eager to work.

During the experimental phase of the first edition, InternsValley has been working as a networking platform for university students and graduates to be in link with entrepreneurs of emerging businesses. It has succeeded in providing pre-job opportunities of learning and acquiring practical experience for Arab youth at universities, in parallel with supporting more than 70 entrepreneurial startups and SMEs by providing them with skilled calibers.

InternsValley team hopes that the new website will appeal to its users and help convey our vision as a link between the academic community and the business world, especially entrepreneurial, to boost interaction between them and to increase employment rates in our countries, release youth energies for learning and innovation, to become a source of talents that contributes to the rise of startups and med-sized companies in the near future, as a means to economic growth of our societies to evolve and flourish.

_______________________ 

(*) Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Finance, World Bank, Sept, 2015:

https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/financialsector/brief/smes-finance

(**) - Internship: A time bounded practical training into a department of company or institution (Like a scholarship).

- Traineeship: A Training program to qualifying worker before starting a job position (Pre-Job Preparation).

 Written by: Ahmed Elessawy

_______________________ 

For contact with InternsValley:

 Business Development and Partnerships:

“Ahmed Elkady”

ahmedelkady@internsvalley.com

 Marketing and Media Communications:

“Mahmoud Koura”

mkoura@internsvalley.com

 

Strategic Partners