IIM Bangalore picks Jamia alumnus start-up for mentoring program

YourVoice, a platform for poets and storytellers has been picked up by the NSRCEL, IIM Bangalore for the mentoring. NSRCEL offers its support to programs specifically catering to entrepreneurs with profit ventures and social ventures, also student and women entrepreneurs and it also offers its support to various players of the startup ecosystem.

YourVoice has been organizing poetry and storytelling events in multiple cities of India and different colleges providing opportunities to the aspiring poets/storytellers with the reservation of 50% slots for women performers in every event. This year on February 27, 2019, Your Voice had organized India’s first women literature festival “Raise Your Voice” in Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

In June this year YourVoice was awarded for its contribution to the field of literature during an event “Mehfil-E-Sukhan”. The event was jointly organised by the Hindi-Urdu Sahitya Sangh Chandigarh and Haryana Kala Parishad at Multi Art Cultural Centre, Kurukshetra, Haryana.

YourVoice founded on June 1, 2018 is the brainchild of social entrepreneur Md Khalid Hasan who is an engineering graduate from Jamia Millia Islamia.  Prior to this he had also founded his first digital media startup “Aapka Times” in December 2013 when he was a student at Jamia Millia Islamia.

He is also “Mentor of Change”  for the Government of India’s flagship program of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs), established by the Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog. He is also associated with the Centre For Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Jamia Millia Islamia.

 “We have launched YourVoice in Hindi, Urdu, English and Bhojpuri Soon we will be launching it in Bangla, Maithili and other regional languages to reach the masses of the country by producing vernacular content as it has been seen that rural India has a lot of talented artists but they do not get any platform to showcase their talent” Said Md Khalid Hasan, founder of YourVoice.

In addition to this Khalid added that internet users of Indian languages are expected to reach 536 million, while English is expected to reach 199 million by 2021 however in 2016 number of internet users of Indian languages were 234 Million and English internet users were 175 million. Nine out of 10 new internet users between 2016 and 2021 will use local languages according to a report by KPMG and Google.

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