Localized is a new learning platform that connects college students & young professionals in emerging markets to global professionals who can help jumpstart their careers by offering guidance and expeLocalized is a new learning platform that connects college students & young professionals in emerging markets to global professionals who can help jumpstart their careers by offering guidance and expertise in languages they share. Our tag line is “guidance from people who get it”. If you’re curious, you can see a 2-minute video about how the platform works at www.localized.world. Localized's model is B2B2C as universities in emerging markets are looking for ways to prepare their students for the jobs of tomorrow, but lack the alumni, career services, infrastructure and data to do so. Localized enables these institutions to leapfrog over antiquated models so students can plug into a network of experts who understand where they’re coming from and where they want to go professionally but who may not be alumni from their institution. After the Middle East, our next target markets include India and Latin America.
Why Localized? Because talent is on the move. Countries lose up to 30% of top professionals to brain drain. Those who succeed want to give back and stay connected to their roots. Meanwhile too often young people in emerging economies lack access to career counseling services, mentor and alumni networks to help navigate tomorrow’s job market. Technology can connect supply and demand so aspiring professionals at home can access guidance globally, turning brain drain to brain gain. Yet no scalable, sustainable and well-designed global channel exists for this marketplace.
“it's a great idea–virtually every expat professor I know has some involvement with her home country, so finding a framework to formalize it is very smart.” -- MIT Professor Ethan Zuckerman.more