FOITO- An Indian startup creating more freelance opportunities through skill-based training

FOITO is India's first talent empowerment platform for individuals and startups. The company aims to provide a skill-based solution to the problems associated with India's current education system. They are also working on developing a platform that allows one to showcase their skills and bag freelance projects.

FOITO- An Indian startup creating more freelance opportunities through skill-based training

Skill development is a one-time investment to increase proficiency and stay future-ready, as well as the capacity to perform a task with greater rates of success at the correct moment, in any agilities that one pursues as a passion And according to a survey, only 25% of the Indian workforce has undergone a skill development program, and India needs a higher number of skilled workforces. In the last three years, the ministry claims that 2.5 million people have been trained through Skill India's various programs: 50 lakh people have been trained across the country through its flagship scheme, the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY); 9.33 lakh people have been certified through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program, which recognizes and certifies skills acquired through other means.

Shabbar Syed is on a mission to not only provide jobs through skills but also aimed at developing and upskilling the working population through FOITO This startup is fulfilling the demand of the EdTech industry and solving the challenges faced by the students in acquiring skills. FOITO is Launched in November 2018 with a unique business model providing a range of services and collaborative offerings in skillshare at the moment.

Tapping the professional Skills

The idea behind this startup was driven by the motivation to eradicate unemployment and create better job and freelancing opportunities by bridging the existing skill gap in our nation. Shabbar Syed dreamt of contributing a bit to society by securing the financial independence of the youth and providing them an additional hand in achieving their goals.

The idea began as a small dream, but gradually grew into an active company courtesy of the immense support and faith Syed received from his friend, turned Co-Founder, Manohar Reddy. It was their collaborative efforts and passion that have helped them sails through their business idea even during such unprecedented times, Nevertheless, the efforts made by Syed were always supported and acknowledged by his family throughout.

The core competency lies in curating skill-focused courses that are bound to give your professional career a giant leap. These courses are designed keeping in mind the evolving trends in the industry, and they are focused on helping you get hands-on experience on implementing such skills for direct live problem-solving cases.

Thus, talking in a holistic sense, the team is helping in building an employable workforce that is ready to match pace with the changing business dynamics, and ultimately challenging the Status Quo of poverty and unemployment in India

FOITO is unique from their competitors who provide live training- industry experts, expert trainers who are from all around the world and have relevant experience in the field, customizing flexibility and freelance project bidding support through Foito Skill Station.

The Unique Skill Evaluation Module is a three-step process, based on emotional intelligence, helping one discover their true potential and aligning with their goals by identifying their Strengths and Passions.

About the core team members of FOITO

Shabbar Syed is a visionary person with a strategic mindset and business acumen his knowledge and practical experience make him the "Startup Man". He is having 5 years of experience in this industry; he is the brain behind the team.

Manohar Reddy has kick-started his professional career with India's leading departmental store, his creativity and designing prowess are tremendous. An expert at execution, he is the backbone of FOITO

Swagata Ganguly a management graduate with the dynamic skill set of project management makes her a task execution specialist driving functions such as finance and compliance. Her project management acumen brings in the much-needed value add.

Dr.Syed Ali Shafee (Vice-President)–A Dr of Philosophy in English with more than 2 decades of experience under his sleeves, his qualifications, experience, coherent thought processing, and eloquent communication skills make him a pro at conducting interaction-oriented sessions, focused on delivering the best of the technical aspects while creating an aura of reverence ideal for upskilling.

Each member of the team brings a unique set of talent, and that is in sync with our trust, passion, and mutual understanding which help them to strive through even the tough times with grace and confidence The core team brings in a perfect blend of strategic thinking, people management, and operational efficiency, helping to provide quality service to the clients.

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FOITO is a Skill Development Services Pvt Ltd dedicated to providing a talent empowerment platform for individuals and startups. It is a close-knit team of passionate and visionary individuals striving to create a culture of skill-centric learning, where knowledge is gained through practical exposure.

The story began with a goal to provide a skill-based solution to the problems associated with India’s current education system. The major focus is on creativity and practical teaching of specialized skills through the solution-focused training modules and other platforms, this makes FOITO India’s first talent empowerment platform that can validate skill set.

FOITO is your personal skill development buddy, brewing courses and revamping training methodologies to give you a first-hand experience of the real work dimensions!


“Our company is looking forward to expanding the services across the globe following a well thought through Management Franchise Model, and we are also working on developing a platform that allows one to showcase their skills and bag freelance projects” states Shabbar Syed

While these plans are still in the process of development, a lot of brainstorming and discussions have been made to affirm the feasibility of introducing such features in congruence with the potential benefits and striving to extend to the entire community of stakeholders.



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