Entrepreneurship

The social impact investors looking to transform Sri Lanka

Views - 464 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 - 244 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 - 493 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 - 182 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 - 162 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 - 271 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 - 190 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 - 165 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 - 147 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 - 380 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 - 214 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 - 622 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 - 149 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 - 225 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 - 220 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 - 274 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 - 7376 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 - 7580 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 - 6370 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 - 7776 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 - 6457 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 - 4011 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 - 3910 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 - 12724 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 - 12734 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 - 8338 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 - 5074 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 - 3655 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 - 7491 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 - 4455 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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“Sri Lanka’s future lies in producing exportable manufactured goods”: Dr. Howard Nicholas

Monday, 22 July 2019

Drawing lessons from Vietnam’s experiences The Sri Lanka-born economist attached to The Hague based Institute of Social Studies – Dr. Howard Nicholas – addressing a packed audience consisting of the alumni of the Postgraduate Institute of Manag


We should sell our water

Monday, 22 July 2019

When you read the title of this article, you will probably feel disgusted with me as selling our water has been a controversial topic since a long time ago. By the way, I am talking about virtual water trade and you would be surprised to know that we


A voice of compassion amid howls of zealotry

Monday, 22 July 2019

The unrestrained freedom extended by the current regime to a bunch of saffron-clad street vendors of Sinhala Buddhist zealotry is pushing Sri Lanka once again into a cauldron of ethnic and religious convulsion. The nationwide spread and virulence of


Roger Beteille: The man who reinvented the commercial airliner

Monday, 22 July 2019

The visionary engineer, pilot and manager who led Airbus to some its most significant decisions, passed away last month. Beteille, who was the head of French aircraft manufacturer Sud Aviation’s flight testing section, was made technical director


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