This startup from Dehradun developed the platform which provide the exposure to student community.

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My journey

This startup from Dehradun developed the platform which provide the exposure to student community.

29th, November 2017    -    My journey

What is the difference between college and school, a 12th year class kid, inquisitive to see that kind of lifestyle asked me? I just said a word “EXPOSURE”.

Hi! I am Suyash Jain, student of BBA Retail management from University of Petroleum & Energy Studies Dehradun. Every student cannot be judged on a single parameter. Every kid is born with its own area of interest and talent. We cannot judge them on a standard parameter, because Sachin Tendulkar could be a big time failure in acting, but we know, what he is in his own area of interest. Today’s schools have also realized this fact and boost students in taking part in extra-curricular activity, but the horizons of it are very much defined. I am an average student of management stream, belonging from a business background. I have always heard at home that in real life, it’s experience which all it matters, and so is my approach towards life. I love participating in competitions and workshops, whether it’s of my direct or indirect interest, because I fell this whole world is inter connected and live experience of others with personal experience of once own, is all what makes difference. Every journey has its own obstacles, so as this one. In spite being inquisitive, I miss out competitions. In management we are taught to manage things in the most effective and efficient manner. So I came up with an idea of doing something, in which students like me do not face problem, in knowing about the competitions going around them. Encourage them to participate, organise, and explore themselves.

Being a management student I faced a lot problem in executing the tasks, that’s the difference between an idea and approach. I, along with one of my friend Raghav Agarwal as co-founder, finally able to start in month of October 2016 from a free wordpress website but things are not going soothingly as planned, views are coming on website but at back-end workload is more as only two people are there and free website look is not at all attractive. Not associating from a technical background and with lack of funds for hiring CTO (Chief Technical Officer) for the execution of my idea, since was determinant to do it, hence I learned it to be self-efficient, and do it on my own.

In the month of March 2017 we both are able to create a team of six enthusiastic people to work with us on non-paid basis as for few months as we were also not generating any revenues from it. After few years of hardwork and research behind it, finally on 1st April 2017 the website is live with full functionalities in it with the name InstaKhoJ

InstaKhoJ is an online portal where you can explore the different competitions, going within the Dehradun. Know the summary of the competitions/workshops and take part in it according to your own area of interest. For people trying to enter the organizing world can even publicize their event, and even approach for consultation help, if they are new in their field, like graphic designing, good back end research on the domain or subject based competitions. A new platform for them to get online registration apart from the manual registrations. The event would be further publicized on different social media sites like Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn etc by us. Personalised & unique mails with, registration link inside the mail would be send to students and subscribers by us only. A one-stop site, to tackle with all your problems and inquisitiveness regarding competitions, now can be resolved at a single place, just a few clicks away from you. “Because as I said college is all about exposure”.

InstaKhoJ is trusted by more than 40+ organizers which includes some big organizers TEDxFMS, WIC India Dehradun Community Literature Festival, IMS Unison University Dehradun Fest & various big clubs and society of UPES Dehardun.

On 16th Novemeber 2017, InstaKhoJ new version V2.0 is launched with more features and updates for our users. Some unique features in this new version are organizers can submit their competitions/events online only on website, they can also opt for online registrations on portal only and can also go for “featured tags” highliting their events/competitions on sliders and also on main homepage. Students can now share all the competitions/events on social media with the new relase of whats app sharing as nowadays whats app sharing is easy for users. Students are able to get “featured events” and get to know about all the information and can do instant registration on website only. This new version makes all the things automated for organizers as well as for backend team. 

All this would not have not possible without the support and belief of my brother, my mother (Sarita Surana) and especially my father (Sanjay Surana), who has always been my inspiration behind all this. I would also like to thank all my cousins – especially my sisters – who always used to help me, be it during the day or late at night.

Furthermore, this wouldn’t have been possible without the team working with me. I would like to thank Raghav Agarwal (Co-founder), Ankit Aggarwal (Graphic designing head), Abhinav Singh & Sarthak Makkar (Sponsorship and external affairs head), Dipesh (Social Media Marketing), Prafull & Vikas Vimal ( Teach Team) from Designofox India and the many other people who are indirectly helping me make InstaKhoJ a better platform.


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