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Bakamuna’s lifestyle retailing ambitions start with pop-up stores


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  • Incubated and mentored by MTI’s idea2fund

The MTI idea2fund venture of Bakamuna is currently planning a spin-off chain of BKM (Bakamuna) pop-up stores – which will be a locally owned and operated franchise. The intent would be start with an few experimental store in store concept stores – in high traffic lifestyle environments and then gradually expand the concept.

Bakamuna’s multidimensional contemporary art mixes both digital and non-digital mediums combining multiple artistic media such as ink and pastel, or painting and collage to create lively and unique illustrations inspired by indigenous cultures around the world, the natural environment, and elements of music.

Bakamuna’s mantra consists of three Cs; with the aim to Create innovative and unique mixed art illustrations, Connect with the audience to help them express themselves through art and design, and Collaborate with the community to celebrate life through art.

“Art and design have always been my passion. This passion kindled the spark for me to take the leap with idea2fund’,” stated Chief Bakamuna/CEO Rochelle Bibile. “I am very enthusiastic and passionate about being part of the creative culture in Sri Lanka. And I am incredibly excited to further my entrepreneurial journey by getting Bakamuna’s designs out to the world!”

Bakamuna’s mixed media designs can be imprinted on an impressive range of art prints, stationery, homeware and accessories. Whether you’re looking for cushions, postcards, art prints or spiral notebooks, to tote bags, wrapping paper and phone cases, Bakamuna has the perfect item to bring a sense of fun and creative expression to your everyday life.

Visit www.bakamuna.com for the complete portfolio.

‘idea2fund’ – the year round venture competition powered by MTI Corporate Finance is on the verge of launching its third wave this October. Since its inception in 2016, the mission of idea2fund has been to create a platform for prospective entrepreneurs to present their venture ideas, get linked with potential investors, be challenged and receive constructive feedback from pioneers in the respective fields.

According to MTI CEO Hilmy Cader, “The role of conventional business models are being radically transformed by disruptive business models, and ‘startups’ will soon become the name of the game. We at MTI believe that this new breed of entrepreneurs will challenge the context of traditional business models, eventually leading to a fundamental change in the way wealth is created, accumulated and invested. idea2fund attempts to harness this talent and provide a platform to convert them into successful business ventures.”


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