PwC’s Startup Accelerator and LIIN to build a platform for new startups

Views - 204 Monday, 16 December 2019 01:37

In an era where traditional value chains are increasingly being challenged by innovative business models such as Airbnb, Alibaba and Uber, Price waterhouseCooper’s Startup Accelerator and Lanka Impact Investing Network have joined forces to similar

Daniel Marcos helps companies strategise to scale

Views - 31 Monday, 16 December 2019 01:36

The Entrepreneurs’ Organisation (EO) Sri Lanka, which began as the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organisation in the 1980s, is an elite global organisation exclusively comprising entrepreneurs. The organisation helps these entrepreneurs to learn and grow

National Chamber to hold Entrepreneurship Development Program in Kurunegala

Views - 10 Monday, 16 December 2019 01:35

A capacity building seminar on entrepreneurship will be held on Wednesday, 18 December from 9.00 a.m to 4.00 p.m at the Hotel Blue Sky, Kurunegala (in Sinhala Medium), organised by the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka, in association with th

CSBM, WIF recognise excellence in women’s entrepreneurship

Views - 52 Monday, 16 December 2019 00:00

Colombo School of Business and Management (CSBM) together with Women’s International Foundation (WIF) launched the first Women’s Entrepreneurship Awards 2019 as part of the fourth chapter of ICSE 2019: International Conference on Women’s Entrep

Winners of Women’s Entrepreneurship Awards 2019

Views - 81 Monday, 16 December 2019 00:00

Winners of Women’s Entrepreneurship Awards 2019

How the first technology accelerator “spiralation” is making an impact

Views - 763 Tuesday, 26 November 2019 00:00

spiralation was the first technology accelerator in Sri Lanka. It provided funding as a grant, so without equity and a copious amount of support through the various training programs and opportunity to learn, network and grow for tech startups in the

Mastercard Index: US, New Zealand, Canada and Israel are the top markets for women entrepreneurs

Views - 43 Monday, 25 November 2019 00:00

Reykjavik: Female entrepreneurs around the world are making strides to overcome gender-related biases and advance their businesses. This has a meaningful impact on the labour force, economic growth and the well-being of their societies. Mastercard l

Mentoring is key to entrepreneurs

Views - 235 Monday, 25 November 2019 00:00

Mentoring can be a make or break for many young entrepreneurs. Some of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs, Larry Page and Mark Zuckerberg had mentors. Research shows that 50% of businesses fail in the first five years but when th

Mind the gap: Index of Dynamic Entrepreneurship encourages countries to strive for systemic balance

Views - 46 Monday, 25 November 2019 00:00

By Mark Marich Buenos Aires, Argentina: The Index of Dynamic Entrepreneurship (IDE), released on 11 November by Prodem and the Global Entrepreneurship Network, recommends that policymakers looking to strengthen their national startup ecosystem should

Entrepreneurship and the future focus of Sri Lanka

Views - 556 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:05

Entrepreneurship is a key driver for any economy. Sri Lanka has a very low presence of entrepreneurs in the market numbering less than 1.5% of the population. This compared to some of the other countries in the Asian region such as Vietnam and Thaila

Employee to entrepreneur: mindset change needed

Views - 89 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:01

There is nothing stopping you from being like the Chairman of your company except the fact that you do not want to go from working to achieve your Chairman’s dreams to working on your own dreams. If your Chairman or his father (if he inherited his

Collaboration, diversity and global connections will transform Sri Lanka’s start-up landscape: Hatch Works CEO

Views - 639 Thursday, 21 November 2019 00:34

Q: Hatch has had an exciting first year. Reflecting on this year, what have been some of the key takeaways for you on the growth of Sri Lanka’s start-up ecosystem? A: Sri Lanka’s start-up scene is small but energetic. As a country we are blessed

Entrepreneurship key to economic development

Views - 342 Thursday, 21 November 2019 00:31

Anyone should be excited to see entrepreneurs. The people should love them as they bring in new products and services and governments should love them as they create jobs and give the Government new tax revenues. Entrepre-neurship development is the

Creating the right policies for entrepreneurs to thrive

Views - 532 Wednesday, 20 November 2019 03:30

To identify the role of Government in supporting entrepreneurship, council members of the Global Entrepreneurship Network Sri Lanka chapter engaged in a roundtable discussion, marking Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019. In today’s article, Daily FT

‘Sri Lanka can be a regional leader in social entrepreneurship and impact investing’: LIIN Founder

Views - 118 Tuesday, 19 November 2019 00:00

In today’s article marking Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019, veteran development banker and founder of the Lanka Impact Investing Network, Chandula Abeywickrama shares his thoughts on recent initiatives that have improved entrepreneurs’ access t

Silicon Valley startup Guild expands to Europe and Asia to change the odds for female entrepreneurs

Views - 19 Tuesday, 19 November 2019 00:00

A new entrepreneurship academy program paired with artificial intelligence and 1:1 meetings is building a global community to close the gender gap in entrepreneurship. On 19 November, during Global Entrepreneurship Week, the digital networking platfo

National Chamber and NEDA hosts ‘Entrepreneur Awards 2019 –Western Province’

Views - 39 Tuesday, 19 November 2019 00:00

The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka and National Enterprise Development Authority concluded the ‘Entrepreneur Awards 2019 –Western Province’ in grand scale at the Sri Lanka Foundation premises on 30 October. NEDA Chairman Dr. Siraz Me

Global Entrepreneurship Network champions Global Entrepreneurship Week

Views - 230 Monday, 18 November 2019 01:10

The Global Entrepreneur ship Network operates a platform of projects and programs in 170 countries aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business. By fostering deeper cross border collaboration and initiatives between en

ICTA holds series of ‘ImagineIF’ workshops

Views - 22 Wednesday, 13 November 2019 01:25

Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), the apex government agency for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Sri Lanka, conducts workshops under the ‘ImagineIF program’, inspiring university undergraduates

ICSE 2019: International Conference on Women Entrepreneurship on 3 and 4 December

Views - 160 Wednesday, 13 November 2019 01:24

Colombo School of Business and Management (CSBM) together with Women’s International Foundation (WIF) is organising the fourth chapter of ICSE 2019; ‘International Conference on Women Entrepreneurship’ as a two full-day conference to be held on

COEXIST Foundation and Sarvodaya Development Finance empower social entrepreneurs

Views - 23 Tuesday, 22 October 2019 00:51

Sarvodaya Development Finance (SDF), a licensed finance company approved by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, continued its efforts to support grassroots entrepreneurs by conducting the second phase of the highly-successful Village Biz Festival held ear

Back to traditional politics, says Colonne at National Chamber Youth Forum

Views - 93 Tuesday, 22 October 2019 00:49

The Youth Forum of the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka hosted ‘Entrepreneurship 360’ in Colombo last week; a program designed as a platform for its membership to gain insights on chartering business roadmaps and navigating challenges by

PIM Genesis conducts ‘Entrepreneurs Live 3.0’

Views - 65 Tuesday, 22 October 2019 00:47

Genesis, the Business Incubator of the Postgraduate of Institute of Management (PIM), conducted its signature event ‘Entrepreneurs Live 3.0’ on 2 October at the PIM Auditorium. The event featured five successful entrepreneurs who are MBA alumni o

GEN Board of Directors announced in Sri Lanka

Views - 187 Tuesday, 22 October 2019 00:44

The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) is to formally launch in Sri Lanka with a core group of eminent personalities that are in the forefront of entrepreneurship development and ecosystem building as its Board of Directors. GEN, works to celebra

Disrupt Asia 2019 attracts leading startup advocates and top corporates as keynote speakers

Views - 30 Thursday, 10 October 2019 01:56

Since 2016, Disrupt Asia has served as an iconic flagship event for celebrating entrepreneurship and the Sri Lankan startup ecosystem. The conference and festival has continued to grow in stature and influence yearly, attracting innovation luminaries

The social impact investors looking to transform Sri Lanka

Views - 725 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:01

Ever since Dragons’ Den first aired in the UK in 2006, the world has been hooked on reality TV shows centred around investors putting money behind budding entrepreneurs and their innovative products and solutio

Venture Frontier Lanka Entrepreneurship Caravan – Kandy a success

Views - 343 Wednesday, 10 October 2018 00:00

Venture Frontier Lanka, in partnership with IEEE Sri Lanka Peradeniya Student Chapter, IEEE Women in Engineering, Young Entrepreneurship Society and Innovators’ Club of University of Peradeniya, organised the Venture Frontier Lanka Entrepreneurship

Ramya Holdings celebrates 30 years

Views - 847 Wednesday, 30 May 2018 01:29

Ramya Holdings, founded by bold entrepreneur Ramya Weerakoon, celebrated its 30th anniversary on 25 May, marking the occasion by awarding employees for their tireless efforts in taking the brand forward.

Empowering rural women through sustainable business strategy

Views - 245 Wednesday, 30 May 2018 01:27

There is a dramatic new trend in the global business world. Companies that were doing CSR projects to enhance image are now embedding sustainability and fair trade practices into corporate strategy to differentiate and succeed.

CSBM holds Second International Conference on Social Entrepreneurship

Views - 211 Wednesday, 6 December 2017 00:00

The Colombo School of Business and Management (CSBM) organised the Second International Conference on Social Entrepreneurship

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Forensic Audits part of bond scam cover-up

Saturday, 25 January 2020

From the time the bond scam was carried out by the Ranil Wickremesinghe administration, that administration under the guidance of the former Prime Minister had been avoiding the law by regularly bringing up various distractions so that the true natur

Halting mega projects is untimely; Govt. can explore other options

Friday, 24 January 2020

In a Sunday newspaper on 5 January a news item titled ‘Mega projects on hold until August budget,’ ‘Drop in revenue after tax reductions prevents spending on major constructions,’ was not a development-friendly headline. It may be accurate o

Is any further expenditure on the Port City a waste of money?

Friday, 24 January 2020

Erase from the mind all that you have read and heard about it. Then take a blank piece of paper, draw an irregular circle, and draw a line to divide it into two. On the bottom half write 300 acres. That is our Port City! To get the size into a proper

Foundations of incivility

Friday, 24 January 2020

The lack of advanced political consciousness and democratic discipline can be considered as one of the main reasons for the crisis and the failure that Sri Lanka is facing. This can be considered a situation that has prevailed since independence. Sri

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