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A tech platform to link retirees, MSMEs 

Guide’S-ME Consultancy Services, the Hyderabad-based startup.

Guide’S-ME Consultancy Services, the Hyderabad-based startup. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

It is like any other startup, boosting of a tech solution for a problem statement, except that its target customers are those who have retired from service and MSMEs keen on utilising the expertise of such senior citizens.

The connect with senior citizens for Guide’s-ME Consultancy Services, the Hyderabad-based startup, runs deeper as a couple of the founders are professionals who retired with decades of experience in their chosen area of work.

Devised as a one-stop-shop solution that brings retired professionals and micro, small and enterprises (MSMEs) together on mutually beneficial terms, SeniorExperts.in, the startup’s tech platform, has onboard 16,000 individuals and around 570 firms. “Right now, it is in Beta version... [roll out] planned by March 2023,” says C.S.Chalam, one of the co-founders, adding first the web application and thereafter the app will be launched.

He was speaking at the signing of an MoU between the startup and the Technical Board of IIT-Guwahati, here on Monday. The MoU will benefit the institute’s students with project exposure as they get to work on the tech platform of the startup.

It is a win-win project for all, chairman of the Board, Chivukula V. Sastri said. “Cream of the Technical Board IIT-Guwahati from multi-disciplines will develop a futuristic and robust product. This is probably the first experiment where the student body of an educational institute is directly working with industry,” he said in a release.

As part of the MoU, the students will work on fine tuning various aspects of the SeniorExperts.in as well as subsequently provide tech support. The agreement is for three years which can be extended with mutual consent, startup co-founder Anil Kumar Siddu said.

The primary objective is to connect retired persons who are willing to work and enterprises looking to engage such experienced professionals on project basis. To queries, Mr. Chalam said the bootstrapped Guide’S-ME Consultancy Services may go for pre-series fund raise of $1 million, and a few individual investors have already evinced interest.


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