Panjim Gymkhana/ Goa: The Global Chamber of Saraswat Entrepreneurs’ Annual Conclave was held in Goa on Sep 17, 2022, at Panjim Gymkhana. More than 300 dynamic Saraswat entrepreneurs from across India and a few from abroad attended the conclave.
Saraswat Chamber is providing a platform for its community entrepreneurs to grow their businesses by creating business networking opportunities.
Saraswats are considered Sadhaks of Goddess Saraswati for generations. It is time to give them opportunities to worship Goddess Lakshmi through this community initiative of the chamber.
This conclave was attended by many Saraswat stalwarts from many facets. We had Suresh Prabhu, Ex Union Minister addressed the gathering by emphasising the need for networking. He shared his valuable experiences during the talk.
The Chief Guest of this conclave was Shrinivas Dempo from The House of Dempo. He explained the connection of all Saraswats towards their ‘Kuldaiwata’ as a natural binding amongst its community. “This will act as a guiding force in the coming years to Saraswat Chamber”, He also offered a special welcome to all the delegates who have come from their “Karma Bhoomi” to the “Daiva Bhoomi” to be part of the conclave.
The Keynote speaker was Ulhas Kamath, Former Joint MD of Jyoti Labs and the founder of UK & Co. He presented a few data points on the challenges faced by the family businesses in India and what steps are needed to ensure that the Saraswats remain relevant as entrepreneurs in this fast-changing world. He also shared that the job availability at the middle level will disappear and only top and bottom opportunities will be available as technology will take over most of the middle-level jobs. The community has to be ready for this challenge by becoming job givers rather than job seekers. He also urged the community to develop more women entrepreneurs in the community to have more sustainability in businesses. His speech was very well applauded and appreciated by all the members present.
Saraswat Bank was the main sponsor of this event. Gautam Thakur, Chairman of Saraswat Bank, delivered a great speech ensuring constant support for all the events of Saraswat Chambers. He also promised that the bank will discuss aligning with the chamber in developing project funding options for the members of the chamber.
On this occasion, there were felicitations of all those Saraswats who have made their mark and well-established themselves in their entrepreneurial journey spread across different regions including Mumbai, Goa, Mangalore, Bangalore and Udupi.
There were also interesting business sessions the first on ‘Finance for Business’ which had the experts from banks Gautham Thakur of Saraswat Bank Anand Devidas Taggarsi CGM from SVC Bank, Santosh Borkar DGM of NKGSB Bank and the finance expert CA Amit Pandith the session was moderated by CA M N Pai from Mangalore.
The second session on ‘ Building Value in the business’ had the entrepreneurs Adithi Kare Panandikar from Indoco Remedies, Jagmohan Kaul VeriSpring group, Devendra Parulekar of Saffron Stays, Shekar Sardessai of Kineco which was moderated by Amit Rangnekar of Centaur labs.
CA Siddharth Sinkar the chief of the Global Saraswat Chamber shared the upcoming initiatives for the members of the chamber.
A vote of thanks was offered by Pravin Kokode.
The conclave was compered by Mohith Bhende and Vathika Pai
For more details on the chamber please visit www.saraswatchamber.com