GOQii launches Fellowship Program to mentor individual participants, in the health and fitness space

Virtual fitness coaching platform GOQii has announced its latest initiative – the GOQii Fellowship Program – to expand its eco-system of integrating influencers and causes which bring about social and public good. This non-commercial venture is aimed at giving passionate individuals that much needed boost to take their ventures to the next level.

The candidates shortlisted for GOQii’s maiden Fellowship Program include:

Speaking to tech2, Vishal Gondal, founder and CEO of GOQii, stressed on the fitness platform’s eco-system approach which prodded him to start this program. Gondal talked about lack of influencers in the health and fitness space, if one left aside the movie stars and celebrities.

“We are identifying young and passionate people who are doing some good work in the health and fitness area. We want to give them a platform to accelerate, get an exposure to mainstream media and press, mentor them and help them at an individual level. So this program is for individuals and not for companies,” said Gondal.

The Fellowship Program will last for a year for these shortlisted fellows and they would be getting regular mentorship sessions from the GOQii team, said Gondal. While this year, GOQii made the shortlist for the candidates, the next edition of the program will have a structured application process.

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Unlike an angel investor or a venture capital fund, GOQii will not be directly investing monetarily. “But yes, we can certainly help these individuals connect with the right people through our program. We don’t want to give them things on a platter, but guide them as to how they can get to their maximum potential,” said Gondal.

“For instance, Divyanshu has a venture called Adventure Beyond Borders. He is himself visually impaired but he still wants people with disabilities to take up adventure, explore the outdoors. This we believe is an amazing thing, as being fit is necessary for everyone. And more than money, Divyanshu needs sound advice, mentorship, strategy discussions and all of that to take his venture to the next level,” said Gondal.

Among the shortlisted candidates, most of them come with a health and fitness background. But Kalyani Khona’s venture, Inclov, helps with match making people with disability and with health disorders, and helping them find love.

“GOQii is not just about health, but also about giving back to the society. We have the concept of karma points on our platform which let you help out with a cause of your choice. Kalyani is all of 22 years old and is working on an amazing cause. India has 200 mn disabled people and their biggest challenge is fitness and health, because they lead a relatively more sedentary lifestyle than you or me. So Kalyani’s app lets these people get out in social spaces and find life partners. So in short this is a huge lifestyle change for this section of the society, so we wanted her to be on board,” said Gondal.

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The Fellowship Program does not have any expectations from their fellows as it is not a commercial venture. Gondal said that while GOQii would guide the fellows to be able to reach a level where they can get funding, a lot of the candidates were not interested in raising capital. It is more a matter of them following their passion.

Apart from providing mentorship to the fellows and their cause, the program will also provide them with speaking opportunities at various industry events. Leading experts from various fields will be mentoring the fellows to achieve their goals.