Your journey starts here…

“Sometimes, the smallest of decisions can change your life forever.”

Decisions, decisions. Now that you’ve finally made one, to begin your 2 year prep for the corporate world, you must be full of questions, doubts and most of all- eager anticipation! Don’t worry, we all experienced the same thing last year and came to GIM with a lot of dreams, hopes and butterflies in the tummy. Trust in your journey because it may take you places you never thought you would go 🙂


Regarding packing- don’t fret! We have you sorted out with our handy packing list and tips.


  • Solid black formal suit for guys & girls (No fancy patterns, please! You can get one stitched by a tailor who would come to college, if you don’t want a hassle)
  • Thin Blanket/ 2 Bed-sheets (Goa doesn’t get too chilly and you should be able to manage with two bed-sheets even on the coldest nights!)
  • A sweatshirt/hoodie (GIM ones along with other merchandise will be available for purchase shortly after joining!)
  • Gals- formal shirts & trousers/ salwar kameej/ kurtas & leggings  (We have ‘Formals On’ days regularly during placements and other events during which you’d be required to attend classes in your formal attire)
  • Guys- Shirts with tie & trousers (for ‘Formals On’)
  • T-shirts & Jeans (a couple of smart casuals which will be your everyday classroom clothes) NOTE: No ripped jeans allowed to class.
  • Some beach wear and swim wear (Goa has a lot of pretty beaches and we have a beautiful pool on campus too!)
  • 1 pair of plain formal shoes (black) [PS: Girls, the front and back must be closed. Formal flats are allowed too]
  • 1 pair of sports shoes
  • For the crazy monsoon season (June- September): 1 pair of rain resistant footwear (Please avoid footwear that stinks when soaked in water :D) & a big umbrella (PS: Do NOT get a plain black one because umbrellas tend to get kidnapped a lot when it’s raining heavily :P)
  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 1 pair of football shoes [We have a full sized football ground and a whole bunch of football maniacs in college- ‘Prayas’ will take care of your need for sports ;)]
  • A pair or two of socks
  • Towel (tip: micro fiber towels work just as good and dry up really quickly!)
  • Pillow (available on campus in the first week)
  • Rain coat/jacket
  • Track suit (for all the gym fanatics)
  • Sleepwear
  • Inner garments and lots and lots of underwear!

You can get daily necessities and things like umbrellas in the nearby Sanquelim market. Also, campus delivery is available through most of the famous e-commerce websites.


  • Laptop & Charger (with a sturdy bag that can be utilized for everyday usage)

NOTE: You’re going to need your laptop almost every single day! Accidental warranty is a bonus as we all know, accidents happen! You will get genuine windows OS with office installed on campus. So you may pick one with a default DOS OS of whatever works for you. Get at least 2 gigs of RAM and a decent HDD be it internal or external. Also make sure your laptop has Wi-Fi connectivity as there are no LAN ports in college.

  • Mobile/Charger/Power bank
  • Spike Guard
  • Mouse (Will help a lot with your PPT’s)
  • Earphones/Headphones (Don’t disturb your roomie when you want to watch a movie late at night!)
  • Speakers (personal preference)
  • Camera (GIM is a beautiful campus and we have a lot of photogenic visitors including a large variety of birds, clouds that make you feel you’re in heaven and even crystal clear rainbows! :D)

Toiletries and miscellaneous

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Shower gel
  • Razor
  • Shaving gel
  • Trimmer
  • Deodorant
  • Dental floss
  • Comb
  • Nail cutter
  • Spoon/plate/mug/knife
  • Hangers to keep your clothes from getting crumpled
  • Basic stationery including scissors, tape, stapler (Available at Jaggu’s shop on campus if you forget)


  • First aid kit with basic medicines you may need (medicine for minor injury, fever, headache, stomach upset)

NOTE: SAC– our Student Council- has the first aid kit, but it’s mostly injury related medicine. We have a doctor that comes to campus on all weekdays from 5-7 pm. In case of an emergency, we have a primary healthcare center at Sanquelim, hardly 3 km away. For serious cases there are good hospitals in Panjim including GMC. We hope you never have to refer to this post but better safe than sorry! Pack all your medicines systematically and label them clearly. Few months down the line you probably won’t remember what medicine serves what purpose and it’s better to know for sure rather than having Google tell you what to do! 😛

We haven’t mentioned all miscellaneous items for you to bring along since there will be a vendor coming to college on day 1, with all essential utilities including mattresses, (ranging from Rs. 700 to 4000+), buckets, mugs, doormats, hangers, cushions, soaps, dustbins, brooms, umbrellas, mirrors, laundry bags, laundry soap and a whole lot more!

For other daily needs, Jaggu Bhaiyya is your go-to man! (He runs a general store on campus)

Before you start off, we recommend you get all the documents you could possibly need. Get a Xerox/ e-copy of the same. Get a couple of passport photos. Get whatever vaccinations you ought to get done. Visit a doctor to check your general health, get your teeth, ears checked! Get your bank work sorted out, get a debit/credit card, a net banking account which is pretty important as most of your transactions would be done through net banking. A driver’s license if you don’t absolutely hate driving/riding.

And there you have it, all you need to survive on campus excepting sleep, of course, which you will pretty much never get enough of!! 😛 But, life at GIM makes up for all that. So, good luck & we can’t wait to see you on campus 😉

Brainvista- Quizmasters of GIM

Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you: you must acquire it.

Margaret Fuller said, “If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.” At GIM, we have our very own quizzing club- Brainvista-which tries to combine knowledge and creativity and ensures that we have some fun along the way too!

Brainvista is a combination of two words ‘Brain’ and ‘Vista’. ‘Vista’ is obtained from the Sanskrit word ‘vishta’ which means ‘filled with’. This club is not just filled with knowledge, but creativity and fun as well. 🙂 The aim of Brainvista is to bring in creativity in quizzing by experimenting with newer themes without compromising on quality. Besides organizing events for our own students, Brainvista also organises online quizzing events open to other colleges in India throughout the year and they have their very own flagship quizzing event “Q-Fiesta” as well! Q-Fiesta is a State level quiz  and had 30 teams participating in it. The theme was ‘General’- basically anything under the Sun and the quiz-master was the well-known Mr. Rajiv D’Silva– an eminent quiz master & prolific quizzer.

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Throughout the year, they’ve also organised a number of fun quizzing events like:

  1. Brand’Holic: A quiz all about brands. The tagline was “Let’s get brandified”. 😉
  2. INDI-PEDIA– Know Your Country. An online quiz on anything and everything about our incredible country India!
  3. Khelbaaz– Sports quiz
  4. Reels & Frames- An Entertainment quiz event based on TV series and movies (Hollywood and Bollywood).
  5. Chakravyuh- the online quizzing event organized in association with Samriddhi 2016
  6. A.U.T.O.S- This was the very first event of the year which gave us a small glimpse of the fun and challenging world of quizzing.

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Mr. Rajiv D’Silva

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Team Brainvista

Keep up the good work, guys! Here’s looking forward to another year of exciting quizzing events to challenge our minds and satiate our thirst for knowledge 😉

To the Seniors: Goodbye & Good Luck

“May your days be many and your troubles be few. May all God’s blessings descend upon you. May peace be within you, may your heart be strong. May you find what you’re seeking wherever you roam.”- Irish Blessing

In life, we all want the perfect happy ending. Well, sometimes, life teaches us the hard way that endings aren’t always happy or perfect. That our stories don’t always have a clear beginning or end. That our life is exactly what we make of it and what we choose to take away from our experiences. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.


These past few days have indeed, been bittersweet. Today, we bid farewell to our seniors- some of whom have occupied a special place in our hearts during the course of this year. It truly only takes a minute to say ‘hello’ and forever to say ‘goodbye’.

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Every year Prayas organizes a candle passing ceremony during which the seniors pass their candles to their juniors. This represents the passing on of responsibilities, knowledge and the college spirit. This year was no different and with faces glowing from the candlelight, we juniors held our candles like beacons of light promising a bright future or at least a memorable year ahead until it’s our turn to continue the circle and pass on the candles bestowed upon us. This is a very special moment especially for the student clubs of GIM as it symbolizes the passing on of a legacy.


They say that our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives that we touch. Dear seniors, you have created  memories that will last a lifetime and we promise to carry the torch that you have passed on to us and to build something that outlives us. Andy Warhol said, “The idea is not to live forever but to create something that will.”

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Every story has an end, but in life, every end is a new beginning. To the seniors: whatever happened over the past two years- be thankful for where it brought you. Life is but a collection of moments, so hold on to those moments where you felt on top of the world, where everything was a blur except those faces and those places that you will always hold in your heart. And leave the rest behind, because maybe, it’s not about a perfect ending. Maybe, it’s all about the story.


Good luck and farewell- batch of 2015-18. We wish you well! ❤



Who will walk away with the glory? GIM WIZBIZ ’17

“If the purpose for learning is to score well on a test, we’ve lost sight of the real reason for learning.”- Jeannie Fulbright

GIM WIZBIZ is one of the biggest student organized national level corporate quiz contests conducted along the lines of Brand Equity and Tata Crucible. This shall be the 17th edition of GIM WIZBIZ, to be conducted on 18th February 2017 at the Sanquelim campus of GIM. Previously, the event has been associated with the NRB Group, IFB, ONGC, Goa Tourism, Syngenta, Tata Motors and Tulip to name a few. 


It happens in 4 Phases :

1) WIZBIZ Weekly : An app on Facebook was used to conduct an all India daily quiz competition by team MECCA to generate awareness, garner views and increase the reach of GIM WIZBIZ. It has seen participants from all over the country for two weeks. The winners are announced at the end of the week.

2) e-WIZBIZ : e-WIZBIZ is a pre event conducted only for B-schools students, and is carried out through the dare2compete site. It is conducted for 3 days, and each day one winner is declared, who wins prizes worth Rs. 2000 each day. Participants are from various renowned institutions like IIM’s, NMIMS, S.P. Jain, XLRI etc. 

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3) ZEAL : Zeal, an in-house event of GIM, gives the students of GIM a chance to change their fate and be a part of the GIM WIZBIZ. It is a one day event, only open for GIM students. 

4) GIM WIZBIZ : And finally the grand event- details of which are mentioned above.


Our QuizMaster:   Avinash Mudaliar

Mr. Avinash Mudaliar is one of the most renowned quizmasters of the country. He has conducted over 1500 quizzes in the last two decades, and has won over 800 quizzes. He’s also the quizmaster of Under The Peepal Tree (UTPT) – Asia’s largest quiz festival. He has conducted The Times Mak Moto Quiz, The EYQ – Ernst & Young Knowledge Quiz and The Power of Ideas Print Quiz conducted by Economic Times. He’s also a co-founder of and is the Head of Internet Products & Services of SaReGaMa HMV. He’s been associated with GIM WIZBIZ for the last 13 years.

This year’s participating companies include Pai Kane Group, TCS, Deloitte, Nexus Consulting, Kotak Mahindra, Reckitt Benckiser India, Sai Mitra Constructions, Chennai Silks, Pidilite, Pepsi, ESPN India, Canara Bank, ISBF, Acron India, Creative Capsule Infotech, Vedanta Group, Cognizant, Blue Ocean Market Intelligence, Dive Goa, Rileen Consultants, Savoir Faire Media, Adicent Designs and KLE Society.


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The campus is bustling with energy as we inch closer to the seventeenth edition of GIM WIZBIZ. Wishing good luck to all the participating organizations!

Anveshan- Reinventing the Ordinary

“Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”

Never underestimate the power of your dreams and the burning flame of your spirit. Within each one of us lies the potential for greatness. And no, it’s not always about doing something extraordinary. Sometimes, it’s enough to just do the ordinary things extraordinarily well. As Charles Bukowski said, “Invent yourself and then re-invent yourself.”

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Goa Institute of Management and HRiday, the HR club presents “Anveshan 2017 – Reinvent the Ordinary”! Anveshan, is the National Level HR Symposium organized by HRiday, the HR Club of Goa Institute of Management. It aims to provide a forum for student-industry interaction and a platform for management students to showcase their skills in the area of human resources. The plethora of events under the umbrella of Anveshan include Samiksha – A National Level Case Study Competition, InQuizitive – National Level HR Quiz Competition, Margdarshan – Industry mentorship programme, Yukti – HR Centric workshops and Gyaanodaya – Talks with industry experts on the current HR scenario.

Day one of Anveshan begins with Gyaanodaya, a talk by an industry expert in the field of HR. This year, we have Mr. Yuvaraj Srivastava, the CHRO of Make My Trip, India.


In line with the theme, this year, HRiday has decided to reinvent its flagship event and add something new to Anveshan. Margdarshan is a one of its kind industry-student mentorship program which involves industry experts coming on campus and guiding the top 6 chosen teams through an exciting and stimulating simulation game.

On day two, we have Samiksha, India’s largest HR Case Study Competition. This is the flagship event of Anveshan and enjoys participation from nearly 200 teams from top B-schools across the country like IIMs, XLRI, XIBM, SIBM-Pune, SCMHRD, NMIMS Mumbai and TISS, to name a few.

In addition to the above, Anveshan also includes Yukti, which is a workshop conducted for our students by an external trainer/expert in the field. This year, we have Mr. Rahul Yadwadkar, OD Practitioner, Executive Coach, Sr. Vice President and Head- Business Processes at Reliance Energy. He will be conducting a workshop on coaching and leadership for the students of GIM.

The mentors for Margdarshan are:Vishakha Kharangate- Crompton GreavesIsha Nadkarni – KPMG, Dattaraj Samant – Cipla, Gaury Salelkar- Teva, Waman Pednekar-Colorcon and Nirmala Carvalho-Manager (HR) at Albéa India.

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Looking forward to an exciting time at Anveshan 2017!

Bid It To Win It-Auctomania ’17

Everyday is a bank account, and time is our currency. No one is rich, no one is poor, we’ve got 24 hours each. -Christopher Rice

Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Here at GIM, the learning, seriously, never stops. Once you come to an MBA college, one thing you’ll figure out quickly is that you learn much more through the events that you participate in, the case study discussions you have and some of the speakers that you listen to than you ever will from a text book. 

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For those of whom, the thrill for finance runs deeply within the veins, SOFIA– our Finance Club- is always organizing interesting competitions that not only test how adept you are with numbers but  how quickly you can think on your feet. The latest event- Auctomania– was all about the thrill of bidding and saw quite a huge turnout!

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First Round :  Dutch auction

In this round, 10 commodities were auctioned and a limited budget was given to each team. Each commodity had a point associated with it. The goal of each team was to maximize the number of points. Five groups were made out of 25 teams. In each classroom, 5 teams competed with each other. The auctions were conducted simultaneously in different CRs and the top 16 teams were shortlisted from the first round.

Round 2: Guess the price

Five items were shown for 20 sec each and teams were asked to guess the price and list it on a sheet. The teams with minimum deviation from the actual price were ranked higher and finally top 10 teams were selected for final round.

Round 3: IPL auction

Teams were supposed to create a team of minimum 7 players with a limited budget. Each player had points associated with him. The goal was to maximize the number of points.

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Winners: Master Betters (Anshul Goyal, Utsav Agarwal , Gaurav Arora)

Runners Up: Royal Challengers Goa (Ritesh Sharma, Bhavesh Verandani, Pratik Hanagavadi)


One of the most thrilling things about auctions is the feeling that time is ticking away and you need to make a decision right away. Auctomania certainly got the blood pumping and the bidding war soaring! Kudos SOFIA for once again giving the Finance enthusiasts of GIM something to remember.

Credits: Sprockets for the amazing pics, as always 😉

HRiday- The heart of GIM

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”- Proverbs 4:23

At GIM, we have so much going on all the time- projects, tests, events and tons of deadlines. So many nights when we’re staying up late trying to cram as much as possible into a few hours. Then there are the times when we’re just sitting with friends and laughing like we’re possessed. 😉 But in between all that time, how often do we do something that makes the soul feel good?


Luckily, we have HRiday– the HR club- to keep us human. One of the most noteworthy events the club organizes, in association with Goa Medical College, is an annual blood donation camp called ‘Sanjeevani’. This year it was held on the 11th of January and received blood from a total of 51 donors. Before the blood is taken, a medical checkup is conducted to test the hemoglobin count.This year’s blood donation camp was a huge success and HRiday received an overwhelming response from students, faculty and even, some of the security staff.

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Every donor was given a bandaid with the words ‘badge of honour’ written on it to signify the nobility of the act and were told that they should wear the bandaid not as a sign of hurt but as a badge of honour. Most students wore their badges of honour with pride for the whole day! 🙂


HRiday also conducts ‘Abhaar’- a day when the support staff of GIM- Kanaka, Security, Gardeners, Eco clean, electricity and maintenance are felicitated for the commendable work that they do. It is held every year on Republic Day and it is the institute’s way of saying ‘thank you’ to the people who help make our lives in GIM better. The Director, students, faculty and management contributed towards the cause. Also, special thanks to SAC who contributed generously!

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The event was attended by students as well as faculty along with their families. It began at 9:15 with a march past by the security guards. After the flag was unraveled and the national anthem sung, the Director and the professors of GIM handed over the gifts to the support staff who all had a huge smile on their faces.


Thank you HRiday for quite literally, being the ‘Heart of GIM’ and helping us to spread the love 🙂

Step Out In Style- Panache ’17

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” -Rachel Zoe

Harry Winston said, “People will stare. Make it worth their while.” Truer words have never been spoken. Well, here at GIM, Prayas– our Sports club- also conducts an annual fashion show to let us experience the glamorous world of fashion and give the good folk on campus something to talk about 😉

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The theme for Panache ’17 was ‘In your element’ and this really gave the students a chance to be creative as the theme was open to pretty much anything your imagination could perceive (as can be evidenced by the pics you see below) 😛

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One of the best things about Panache is that it gives you a chance to see your batch mates and seniors in a very different light- the spotlight 😉 So, a lot of jaws dropped and eyes popped out to see the dudes and divas of GIM strut their stuff on the red carpet.

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‘Panache’ means flamboyant confidence of style or manner and that is certainly what we saw grace the ramp that night. In fact, pretty much the whole of GIM turned out to see what was definitely one of the most memorable nights on campus!


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Mr.& Miss Attire: Diptam Dutta & Riti Panda // Mr. Hunk: Ishaan Pandey

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Miss Diva: Pragya Mantri

Along with the Panache poster came a little message from Prayas saying, “Surprise us! Heck, Surprise yourself! It’s a brand new year.” And that is definitely what most of us did. An interesting beginning to 2017, for certain. Thanks again, Prayas! 🙂

Winners: Team Rangmanch & Runners Up: Team ANM

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Sale Away 5.0

“We are all salesmen every day of our lives. We are selling our ideas, our plans, our enthusiasm to those with whom we come in contact.”- Charles R. Schwab

Learn to sell because in business, you’re always selling- not just to your customers but to your investors and your employees as well. You’re selling your ideas, your vision, your organisation’s culture and so many other things. In marketing, you can’t just sell your product. Instead, you have to solve other people’s problems through the product that you design.


At GIM, MECCA- the marketing club- is always on its toes and trying to create fun and exciting ways to get students involved with the practical side of being marketeers.

Sale Away 5.0 was the fifth edition of one of MECCA’s most challenging and entertaining marketing contests where the participants were tested on their marketing and communication skills and their sheer ingenuity.

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Sale Away was basically an on-field sales event. Every team was given Rs.200 and were assigned a task to only buy and sell goods. The main goal was ‘Buy on Baga and sell on Baga’. One volunteer was assigned to each team to ensure that they were following all the rules. People sold items like water, hats, fridge magnets, bracelets etc. The one rule that all teams had to abide by was to ensure that they only sold goods and no services.

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There were 12 teams who participated in the event and tried their marketing magic but only 2 teams emerged as winners.


Winners: Ishan Pandey & Manvi Sobti


Runners Up: Rohit Bhuwania and Abhishek Didwania

MECCA also came up with a fun promotional activity which included students getting a little umbrella with a number on it when they purchased juices from Kailash’s shop. The winners were chosen by lucky draw and were given the title of ‘Beach Please’- Manvi Sobti and ‘Son of a Beach’- Bhudesh Jain.



Bootcamp 3.0

“Marketing is no longer about the stuff that you make, but about the stories that you tell.”- Seth Godin

Marketing is an art in itself. One of the quotes that best expresses the role of marketers is- “Our job is to connect to people, to interact with them in a way that leaves them better than we found them, more able to get where they’d like to go.”


At GIM, our marketing club ‘MECCA’ gets the students’ creative juices flowing with several marketing based contests. The latest being- ‘Bootcamp 3.0’– A college level case study competition which was organised on 3rd December. The participants were given a case study related to the business expansion plans of the company “Desi Hangover”. The company DH (Desi Hangover) started as a footwear manufacturing company producing mainly Kolhapur styled footwear in India and it has plans to enter the US markets in  the near future.


The idea of Desi Hangover was to focus on the product and the artisans, the cobblers making the Kolhapuri footwear and make them an integral part of the business model. The product received tremendous appreciation which led to the company expanding into the brick and mortar business. It also went overseas with the clients from Asia Pacific and the Middle East. The reason for giving the case study was to put forth certain important questions and evaluate essential areas that need to be taken care of before venturing into the US markets.

The various questions which were addressed were:-

A) Best partners to tie up with (Retails partners, Brick and mortar stores)

B) Key points to establish the social front. Will an ancient craft from India gain the luxury value as with an Italian shoe? Positioning of the product in the luxury/Mass category.

C) Will a change in name be required as the word hangover can have a negative connotation?

D) Best cities to launch in? E.g. – If is portrayed as a beach wear then focus on the Coast areas.

E) The initial target image from the customer requirement? A semi-formal look? Party wear? Luxury setting?

F) Best way to exploit the liking of the USA market for handmade products and love of leather 

All the teams had impressive presentations most of which focused on the on important aspects of marketing such as positioning of the brand, its target market, market segmentation, SWOT analysis and the strategy to have foothold in the US market based on the core values of the company.

However, two teams stood out and their creative genius was clearly visible in the way they wholeheartedly and enthusiastically presented their ideas to the panel which consisted of the Desi Hangover founders- Hitesh Kenjale and Abha Agrawal.


Team KMZ- Winners (Keith D’souza, Zubbin Maajoo & Mihir Parsani

The winning team was ‘Team KMZ’ which consisted of Zubbin Maajoo, Mihir Parsani and Keith D’souza. Team ‘Pokemon MOS + Neha’ were the Runners Up and consisted of Neha Gupta, Kingslee D’souza and Richa Goswami.


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John Jantsch said, “Bring the best of your authentic self to every opportunity” and these teams certainly did. Kudos, guys!