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Founders Club Meet – Episode 3 Highlights Success in Building the First 100 Customers



The highly anticipated Founders Club Meet recently concluded its third episode, uniting entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts in a quest to explore strategies for “Building Your Customer Base – The First 100.” The event took place on Friday, October 13, 2023, at the Surendrababu Timblo Hall, GCCI. Organized by the Startup & IT Promotion Cell – Goa, the event received unwavering support from various startup stakeholders, with active collaboration from the Goa Technology Association for this edition.

This engaging event witnessed the convergence of dynamic founders from diverse fields, who shared their invaluable insights into customer acquisition strategies. The thought-provoking panel discussion was moderated by Mr. Milind Anvekar, Senior Vice President at Open Destination. The esteemed panelists included Mr. Ashwami Rawat, Co-founder of Transerve Technologies, Mr. Sachin Rane, Founder of Namaste Chai, Mr. Prasad Sawant, CEO of Buoyancy Consultants, Mr. Amit Tamba, CTO of Freethink LLP, and Dr. Kapil Khandeparker, a faculty at the Goa Institute of Management. Before diving into the panel discussions, Dr. Kapil set the stage with a captivating case study.

During the event, Mr. Rawat shared his valuable insights, stating, “Strategically allocating your financial resources for promotional activities, and patiently waiting for investor funding to scale those efforts, is a prudent approach. However, it is paramount to underscore the significance of directing your funds toward research and development, as each investment in R&D represents a well-justified expenditure.” His words resonated with the eager audience.

With over 100 attendees, primarily composed of startups, students, professionals, faculty, and key startup stakeholders, this event underlines its pivotal role in fostering the growth of the startup community in Goa. Mr. Sachin Rane, a serial entrepreneur known for transforming bootstrapped companies into multi-million-dollar successes and establishing Namaste Chai as a household name for tea lovers, added, “(to be added).” His success story is truly an inspiration to many in the startup ecosystem.

Mr. D. S. Prashant, CEO of the Startup & IT Promotion Cell – Goa, expressed the organization’s commitment to nurturing and supporting the startup ecosystem. He emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts, stating, “We are keen to partner, collaborate, and support the startup space, but this journey cannot be led alone.” His message served as a rallying call to all stakeholders to take the lead in startup initiatives.

As the dust settles on another successful event, both organizers and attendees eagerly await the next episode of the Founders Club. It promises to be yet another exciting chapter in the incredible journey of Goa’s thriving startup ecosystem.

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