An Aspiring Entrepreneur workshop was organised on February 5, 2016 at the Goa Chamber of Commerce (GCCI) hall, Panaji to create awareness about the recently launched Start-Up India project by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji. This workshop was held under the auspices of World Trade Centre (Goa), GCCI -Women’s Wing, Goa Entrepreneurs Mentoring Services (GEMS) & I-Create (I).
Mr. Manguirish Pai Raiker, MSME Board Member, Govt. of India was invited as the Chief Guest for the function. Mr. Raiker said that youth of our nation is filled with exuberance and innovative ideas regarding entrepreneurship, however faces a huge challenge to implement these ideas. To create a favourable environment for budding start ups and attract the young minds from job searching towards job creation, Government of India has launched the “Start Up India, Stand Up India” Campaign recently. He enlisted a few benefits of the scheme like Income Tax holiday, lower compliance requirements, etc.
Mr. S R Chandra Murthy, Manager, Small Industries Dev. Bank of India, Goa elaborated on the various financial schemes for promoting ‘Start-up India and special schemes for women, formulated by SIDBI and MUDRA bank respectively.
Mr. Manish Gosalia, Regional Coordinator for I-Create (I)- Goa spoke about the importance of development of entrepreneurs through focused and concise entrepreneurial training. He also discussed about the important aspects about the Start-up India initiative by the Government of India. He shared information on various organisations that contribute to the growth of self-sustenance by starting a business of your own, especially for the women lacking financial support from the society.
Mr. Ryan Carvalho, CTO, Remote Software Solutions promoted EDC’s Technology Start Up competition and spoke about the I.T. business opportunities available to be incorporated in various business models. “Various Advancements in the field of I.T. like virtual based cloud computing etc. has resulted in hardware redundancy, thus reducing capital expenditure and making projects more cost effective” said Carvalho. Adv. Ms. Shalini Menezes, a reputed corporate lawyer shared her expertise in the Intellectual Property Domain and Mr. D S Prashant, GM, Centre of Incubation & Business Acceleration (CIBA) spoke about the availability of I.T. incubation centres in Goa. Ms Menezes educated the audience on various details to be incorporated in the contractual agreements and to be taken care of while initiating a legal incorporation procedure. Mr. Prashant guided those with no I.T background, that it is no more a worry for them and IT incubation centres provide all the necessary support. Dr. Jennifer Lewis e Kamat, Chairperson, GCCI, Womens Wing and Mr. Rajkumar Kamat, President of GEMS, addressed the audience and complimented the organisers. The session was very informative due to the collective participation and a lot of brain-storming was involved.
Ms. Ambika Dhakenkar, Asst Mgr-Trade Promotion & Research, WTC Goa presented the vote of thanks to the Chief Guest, Respected Speakers, participants, other organisations and media friends gathered for the event.