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The Entrepreneur’s Workshop

With a view to help youngsters understand the fundamentals of starting their own business; Navhind Times Planet J’s The Entrepreneur’s Workshop was held on Sunday, February 8 at the Dempo House in Panaji. More than 82 teenagers in the age group of 14 to 20 participated in the half day workshop conducted by Jervis Pereira, Assistant Director of GCCI – I Create Goa (GIG). The workshop attracted students from all over the state and distance was no deterent for one of the participant who travelled all the way from Canacona.

Students were introduced to business basics and the workshop focused on some key elements like 1) Learning to make introductions and actively listen, 2) Understanding  simple business  cycle 3) How to select a business that is right for you 4) Various types of costs and calculation of Gross profit  and 5) Various sources of getting funding for your business.

Throughout the interactive session, participants were engaged in activities designed to help them look at products and services through various angles in the hope that they could identify more business opportunities

Participants were asked to identify their strengths. Based on these strengths participants learnt that their own skills and hobbies could be turned into a business.

Youth programs like these help shape not just the future of youth but the state and country at large. “Empowering students today with entrepreneurship as a career is critical due to the impending job shortage,” stated Pereira.

The workshop ended with Pereira handing certificates of participation to the students.




It was a great experience! It was a burst of energetic information spread out in a creative and very interesting manner. Not like other monotonous workshops. Jervis was like a magician with some interesting tricks which extracted the information from us. His talk was like an icing on the cake throughout the workshop.
Well done Planet J. Hats off.

Joel Vaz, MGMCET, Mumbai

Best workshop ever! I enjoyed myself.

Ladsab Hiremani, TYBCom, St Xaviers, Mapusa

As usual the programme was wonderful. Hoping for more.

Ingrid de Noronha, Std XI, Commerce, Don Bosco, Panaji

It was an excellent workshop and am willing to attend many more.

Shaina Shiakh, St Xavier’s College, Mapusa

It was a very inspiring workshop and Jervis Pereira really inspired us to start our own business. He also answered many important questions needed to start a business.

Kirk Fernandes, Commerce, Don Bosco, Panaji

Very nice. Learnt a lot more than I thought I knew. Would like to attend more of your workshops.

Warren De Sa, Goa Engineering College, Farmagudi

Well planned, creative and informative. Jervis’ communication skills are really good. Thank you,

Nerissa, St Xavier’s College, Mapusa

An excellent and interactive session. I gained a lot of knowledge about entrepreneurship.

Alvira Shaikh, St Xavier’s College, Mapusa

It was an amazing and fun experience and I learnt new things. Thank you for this great opportunity.

Pradnia Kamble, St Xavier’s College, Mapusa

I was enlightened. It was a fun and enjoyable workshop.Thank you.

Velenny DeSouza, St Xavier’s College, Mapusa

It was a very useful workshop for me. Well executed, presented and I had fun. Thank you sir and Planet J.

Ashwini Chowgule, St Xavier’s College, Mapusa

It was a great experience.

Stephanie Alvares, St Xavier’s College, Mapusa

It was a good experience and got the basic idea what entrepreneurship is all about.

Vaibhavi Sawant, S S Dempo College, Miramar

It ignited our minds. It was interesting, knowledgeable and fun. Looking forward to more workshops.

Bindiya Ohdar, St Xavier’s College, Mapusa

It was seriously fun! Very informative, encouraging and unique. Thank you.

Divyali Mehrotra, Sharada Mandir Higher Secondary, Miramar

It was a very nice experience and gained a lot of information about entrepreneurship.

Tarun Mehrotra, Sharada Mandir School, Miramar

It was fun and interactive. Maybe Planet J can plan a part 2?

Misbah Siraj Ali, St Xavier’s College, Mapusa

Hope more sessions like these are planned in the future.

Aminabee Attar, S S Dempo College, Miramar

It was awesome, entertaining and very encouraging.

Nindiya Bandekar, S S Dempo College, Miramar

Awesome and very helpful.

Vrunda Gaudi, S S Dempo College, Miramar

Not only was it helpful but it was awesome as well.

Sanjana Gaonkar, DMC College, Mapusa

It was worth coming! Thanks to Navhind Times it was an enriching session. Want to come next time too.

Swinburne Fernandes, Rosary College, Navelim

I have learnt a lot and enjoyed it as well.

Aldia Pereira, Rosary College, Navelim

I think there should have been more audio-visuals. However Jervis did an excellent job and was able to grip our attention throughout.

Devansh Cholera, Goa Engineering College, Farmagudi

My ideas of setting up a business have changed for the better.

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