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Bhavneet Chahal

E-learning company GoSkills’ co-founder Bhavneet Chahal says her experiences at Otago kickstarted a career helping others learn about IT and realise their potential.

Bhavneet completed a Bachelor of Applied Science with first-class honours, majoring in molecular biotechnology in 2006. She later gained a Master of Entrepreneurship.

While working for Groupon in Sydney, Bhavneet realised that online courses were a growth area but that they were not always providing the quality content required by professionals looking to expand their skills.

Since being founded in New Zealand in 2013 – with input from Univeristy of Otago Professor Paul Hansen – more than 180,000 users have signed up to access GoSkills’ 60+ online learning courses. We have achieved over $2M in revenue, growing 50% from the previous year.

Bhavneet backs up her advice for young women wanting to start their own business with practical assistance; she proudly supports two $2,000 scholarships each year. The title of these awards leaves little room for misinterpretation: they are called the Scholarship for Women Who Want to be the Boss.

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