In Conversation with… Hakimuddin Vohra, Founder, BeFriends HAZHTeq Innovations Pvt Ltd
What was the motivation behind yourStart-up and what is your start-up all about?
BeFriends started as a platform where one could just talk, talk about anything, blabber about stuff, things that make them happy or uncomfortable, in short about everything and anything, no strings attached, without even having to share their name to a trained listener.
With this we evolved into a Mental Health Support Platform, and now we’re aiming to become India’s First Community Powered and AI-backed Mental Health Support Platform, from chatting to a Listener anonymously to Emotional Analysis and Track Record of the same, Counselling based on Analytics without user intervention, and many more.
The motivation behind this was my personal experience with mental health trauma, which led me into the field of Mental Health, and seeing that there is no such specific platform that could cater to my need, I decided to make one.
- What are the challenges that you have faced during the Covid-19 pandemic?
Due to COVID19, we launched our unfinished product into the market as we saw a dire need of such a platform, so yes, a silver lining, we got a pretty good response without any extensive marketing strategies.
- What were the financial challenges that you faced from the start-up at the outset?
Finance is a challenge that is faced by almost every start-up, but gathering a team without any lucrative financial offers, makes one believe that others are dedicated to the idea, the plan, and the people. So yes, we could develop the product, get together a team, without any financial support, the only thing that’s been affected by the lack of finances is the Marketing strategies.
- How do you see your digital presence growing, keeping in mind the current scenario?
As ours is a digital platform, the current scenario does not directly impact us. But yes, with proper marketing and financial support we think our digital presence will only skyrocket.
- What is your advice for emerging young entrepreneurs?
Take A Leap of Faith, do it, but do it when you have nothing to lose when your responsibility is low and risk tolerance is higher.