Clever Harvey, an EdTech platform that helps students bridge the gap between academics and the 21st-century workplace, has recently announced the launch of its much-awaited new JuniorMBA Consulting program in collaboration with The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), India’s largest hospitality company.
Under the partnership, a 15-hour sustainability strategy consulting programme has been developed for students to teach them how to run a business sustainably. The JuniorMBA consulting programme has a total of 15 sessions of one hour each that will be delivered from Monday to Friday for three weeks for the students. The sessions will be held on Zoom, and students can choose their batch timings. The JuniorMBA consulting is open to students aged 13 to 18.
Commenting on the collaboration, Chief Executive Officer of Clever Harvey, Sriram Subramanian, said:
Most students in high school face the challenge of deciding what they want to do without knowing what happens in the real world. The JuniorMBA programs fix this gap by giving students ‘behind-the-scenes’ exposure to the industry. We are glad to collaborate with IHCL to allow students to work on real-world projects that will give them clarity on their future career paths and build critical skills. Students will delve into actual decisions made by the management of the Taj Lake Palace (Udaipur), understand how various processes and systems are optimized, and come up with suggestions on how to better align the hotel’s operations to IHCL’s goal of sustainability.
The curriculum of the program has been designed in close collaboration with IHCL. The topics covered in the program include both theoretical concepts and practical knowledge. Students will start with understanding the basics of how businesses operate and grow like a COO. They will develop further into concepts like Supply Chain, Operational bottlenecks, Quality-cost trade-offs and Standardization for growth and quality control.
Gaurav Pokhariyal, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, IHCL, added:
As an industry leader, IHCL is committed to nurturing the talent pool for the future. Pursuing sustainable and responsible business practices is the way forward. This collaboration will offer exposure to real-time business problems outside of the classroom. It will allow students to gain expertise in driving positive change in the long term for both businesses and communities.
The JuniorMBA consulting programme with IHCL costs Rs 10,000. The package includes 15 live sessions, conceptual knowledge, practical training, an original project by each student, and a certificate from Clever Harvey and IHCL.
Founded by Sriram Subramanian and Madhu Agrawal in 2020 as a B2C division of Callido Learning, Clever Harvey offers several new industry-certified programmes for teens, such as ‘JuniorMBA Digital Marketing’, ‘JuniorMBA Finance’, ‘JuniorMBA Entrepreneurship’ amongst others. The Mumbai-based startup aims to help teenagers discover their strengths, get career clarity and come 15 years closer to their dream careers.
In 2021, Clever Harvey raised $1.5 million in a pre-Series A round led by TechNova Ventures with participation from Tom Varkey and Multiply Ventures. Existing investor Education Catalyst Fund also participated in this round.