Entrepreneurship

The social impact investors looking to transform Sri Lanka

Views - 384 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 - 196 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 - 386 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 - 143 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 - 131 Wednesday, 6 December 2017 00:00

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


Global Entrepreneurship Summit – India 2017: Lessons for Sri Lanka

Views - 236 Wednesday, 6 December 2017 00:00

An impressive 1,500 investors and entrepreneurs from across the world attended the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) that took place in Hyderabad,


Quebee Den at 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Views - 155 Wednesday, 6 December 2017 00:00

Young entrepreneur Rohanthi Wijewickrama, the Founder/CEO of Sri Lankan children’s products company Quebee Den (Bellybees), was invited to participate at the 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit,


SL must have women entrepreneurship policy, says Sun Match Company Director Ranjan

Views - 127 Wednesday, 6 December 2017 00:00

One of Sri Lanka’s leasing business personalities, Gowri Rajan, an entrepreneur from the hill capital who is the Director of the Sun Match Company which manufactures Soorya and Sun Aqua mineral water,


Embassy of France bestows Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite distinction onto Chandra Wickramasi

Views - 122 Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

The Embassy of France to Sri Lanka and the Maldives has the honour to bestow the honorary distinction of Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, onto M. Chandra Wickramasinghe. The ceremony will be held at the Résidence de France, on Thursday 16


SLID gains insight to Anjana Reddy’s amazing journey to success

Views - 331 Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty and persistence” – Colin Powell – which is exactly what Anjana Reddy has done within a short span of time and this achievement recognised by being named in the Fo


GEN Sri Lanka celebrates 10 years of Global Entrepreneurship Week

Views - 179 Wednesday, 15 November 2017 01:07

The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) operates a platform of projects and programs in 170 countries aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business.


Exciting opportunities for Sri Lankan SMEs and start-ups

Views - 557 Wednesday, 15 November 2017 01:00

To help startups in Sri Lanka to accelerate growth and make an impact, Rainbow Institute launched a Training Programme on Entrepreneurship, on Monday, 13 November, and marked the first event on the first day of Global


The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder’s Declaration of Interdependence issued

Views - 116 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:00

As part of this year’s celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, which begins today, an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder’s Declaration of Independence has been issued.


National Human Resources Development Council forum puts spotlight on youth entrepreneurship

Views - 194 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:00

The 28 year old talented young entrepreneur Anjana Reddy who earlier this year was listed under ‘Forbes 30 under 30’ gave out an inspirational keynote at the recently held ‘Young, bold and daring – the spirit of young entrepreneurs for a coun


Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017: Celebrating 10 years of unleashing ideas

Views - 181 Wednesday, 8 November 2017 00:00

GEW 2017 is celebrating 10 years of unleashing ideas and creating one global entrepreneurship ecosystem through its events and activities. Since it launched in 2008, GEW has grown to engage nearly 10 million people


‘#WeAre2030: Youth Dialogue and Incubation Program’ begins

Views - 233 Wednesday, 8 November 2017 00:00

‘#WeAre2030: Youth Dialogue and Incubation Program,’ a youth dialogue bringing together 350+ young people from across the country, began yesterday at the BMICH.


Navigating the 3 great challenges of entrepreneurship

Views - 7349 Friday, 16 December 2016 00:00

By Karima Mariama-Arthur Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. While many romanticise the idea, the path to success is less idyllic. It’s true. Passion is critical, but there are other, equally important factors to consider. Pe


NicNac adjudged best Sri Lankan impact oriented startup at SLUSH

Views - 7547 Friday, 16 December 2016 00:00

  Europe’s leading start-up event organised by PwC and SLASSCOM in Helsinki, Finland NicNac, which offers a unique delivery service to Sri Lankans, was adjudged the country’s best impact oriented star


Differences between entrepreneur and manufacturer

Views - 6343 Friday, 16 December 2016 00:00

By Franklin Alli  Business Insider: Now that you have become your own boss or rather, now that you are the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of your own business, are you an entrepreneur or a manufacturer?  Dr. Frank Udemba J


Entrepreneur Hubs Sri Lanka offers springboard to entrepreneurs, start-ups and small business owner

Views - 7732 Friday, 16 December 2016 00:00

Michael Moonesinghe is the CEO of Glover Daniels International, a Human Capital Consultancy firm based in Colombo. However, he is now probably much better known as the founder of the very popular EPFS Community Facebook group; one of the largest a


Entrepreneur Hubs Sri Lanka hosts GEW 2016 Sri Lanka grand finale

Views - 6423 Friday, 16 December 2016 00:00

    Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), in a collaborative partnership with Entrepreneur Hubs Sri Lanka, celebrated the grand finale of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2016 on 21 November.  The event, hel


Expert advice in fundraising for young entrepreneurs

Views - 3979 Tuesday, 19 August 2014 02:57

By Senuri De Silva The inability to attract funding unfortunately holds back many ambitious innovators according to top officials in the field of IT startup companies. In an attempt to remedy this situation, Sri Lanka Association for Software and S


HSBC, British Council create opportunities for emerging young entrepreneurs

Views - 3878 Tuesday, 19 August 2014 02:56

‘HSBC Youth Enterprise Awards’ presented by British Council was officially launched at a press conference held on Wednesday 13 August at the British Council Library. ‘HSBC Youth Enterprise Awards’ is a business plan contest aimed at recognisi


Stax Lab 2014: Creating opportunities for Sri Lanka’s budding tech entrepreneurs

Views - 12693 Tuesday, 19 August 2014 02:55

By Maya Chandra For the past four years, students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have been making an annual trip to Sri Lanka, to find and foster entrepreneurial spirit in the field of web/mobile based solutions. This trip is


Chandani Bandara takes Gold at Women’s Chamber of Industry & Commerce Awards

Views - 12703 Tuesday, 19 August 2014 02:55

Locally and internationally revered hair and beauty expert, Chandhani Bandara was presented the Large Scale Gold Award at the Women’s Chamber of Industry & Commerce (WCIC) Awards 2013 ceremony at the Kingsbury Hotel recently. She is popularly k


Seven tech start-ups woo investors at MIT-GSL Sri Lanka challenge

Views - 8305 Thursday, 7 August 2014 01:30

The application of technology innovatively to improve access to information, products or services was the common theme when seven teams of young Sri Lankans demonstrated their ideas for business start-ups at the conclusion of the Brandix-funded MIT G


Venture Engine runner-up OMAK Technologies to change restaurant operations landscape

Views - 5045 Thursday, 7 August 2014 01:29

Following its success as first runner up of Sri Lanka’s premier business funding platform Venture Engine 2014, OMAK Technologies (Pvt) Ltd. is poised for growth. The tech startup provides bespoke software covering all aspects of running and managin


Tax incentives not always best way to stimulate growth

Views - 3629 Wednesday, 18 June 2014 00:00

State tax incentives – often used to attract or retain existing businesses – aren’t always the best way to stimulate economic growth. According to a new Entrepreneurship Policy Digest released by the  US-basedKauffman Foundation, these progra


Prominent professionals spearhead Venture Engine workshops

Views - 7459 Wednesday, 18 June 2014 00:00

Top fundable companies gain the right training to face international judges Having created a springboard for Sri Lankan entrepreneurs for the third consecutive year, Venture Engine, a collaboration between Blue Ocean Ventures and the Indian Angel


Dialog Ideamart and VentureEngine workshop

Views - 4421 Friday, 23 May 2014 00:01

Lankan Angel Network cluster members including Dinesh Saparamadu, Dumindra Ratnayaka, Mano Sekaram, Ruwindhu Peiris, Sanath Fernando, Prajeeth Balasubramanium and B.C. Tan as well as Venura Mendis, Roshanth Gardiarachchi and Shafraz Rahim from Dialog


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A case for reviewing plantation management

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Last week, I elaborated on ‘Going Beyond Agronomic Research for Plantation Reform’ with the aim of beginning a conversation on the importance of non-agronomic research to understand the many problematic areas that plague the plantation sector, in


How are we doing in e-government?

Thursday, 23 May 2019

It is customary to assess some aspect of the performance of a country using a composite index such as the Ease of Doing Business Index or the Network Readiness Index. For government services, there is the e-Government Development Index (EGDI), issued


National introspection in the aftermath

Thursday, 23 May 2019

“The immediate task for the Government is to guaranty the safety and security of all innocent Muslims and prevent a recurrence of 1983 … One cannot eradicate one evil with another” – Anatomy of an Islamist Infamy (III), CT, 9 May. In this, th


Dhammika Perera an anti-establishment candidate

Thursday, 23 May 2019

During the holy Vesak weekend the phones were buzzing all over Sri Lanka over a story that appeared on a web page. The story said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had met with business tycoon Dhammika Perera whose business empire contribute


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