Entrepreneurship

Southern India rolls out first ‘She-Taxi’ to promote safe travel and entrepreneurship for women

Views - 13260 Friday, 23 May 2014 00:01

Kochi, Kerala: Reuters India’s southern Kochi got its first women-only taxi cab service, ‘She-Taxi,’ that opened doors for women entrepreneurship and ensured safe and secure travel for women travellers across the city. ‘She-Taxi’, a first-


The vitality for that budding entrepreneur: Venture Engine 2014

Views - 13910 Friday, 23 May 2014 00:01

By Radhi De Silva Many reveal at some point or another of becoming an entrepreneur, and having their own ideas made into profitable business ventures. But making such dream a reality is not as easy as it seems as it requires much effort, capital, kn


Colombia’s Medellín to host 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Congress

Views - 12404 Friday, 23 May 2014 00:01

Entrepreneurs and startup champions from more than 140 countries expected Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) has announced that the City of Medellín will host the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC). Jonathan Ortmans, president of GEW


Buffett: Teach kids financial literacy to spark entrepreneurship

Views - 11481 Thursday, 22 May 2014 01:02

Reuters: Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has a double life – as a cartoon character. In his ‘Secret Millionaires Club,’ an animated series online and on television, Buffett teaches a group of kids about financial literacy and entrepreneursh


‘Triumph Through Tragedy’ launched

Views - 15068 Thursday, 22 May 2014 01:00

By Sarah Hannan An icon in the garment industry and among women entrepreneurs, Ramya Weerakoon has worked her way through many ups and downs in life. The award-winning entrepreneur marked another milestone on 9 May at The Kingsbury by launching her


CCC nurtures young entrepreneurs

Views - 3481 Friday, 2 May 2014 00:00

Continuing its efforts in nurturing young entrepreneurs, the CCC, early this week organised a half day familiarisation program for a group of undergraduates of the University of Sri Jayawardenapura, who are reading for B. Sc. Entrepreneurship special


Delegation to visit Oman to explore business opportunities

Views - 2625 Friday, 2 May 2014 00:00

A group of Sri Lankan businessmen will visit the Middle Eastern nation of Oman from 04 to 07 May 2014 to explore Trade, Tourism and Investment opportunities in that country. The upcoming visit organised by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce is backe


Rewarding internships with Fast Track 15

Views - 2871 Friday, 2 May 2014 00:00

Founded in 2011, the Fast Track 15 Internship Program envisages motivating the best, young undergraduates to take advantage of the professional benefits of a well-recognised internship right here in Sri Lanka. The program also provides a framework by


Third edition of Venture Engine to give fresh platform for budding entrepreneurs

Views - 7065 Friday, 2 May 2014 00:00

Annual competition by Blue Ocean Ventures and the Indian Angel Network has so far triggered Rs. 200 m funding and 12 start ups By Shabiya Ali Ahlam The third edition of the Venture Engine has been kicked off giving a fresh opportunity for budd


President honours Sri Lankan inventors for contribution to country’s industries Inventors

Views - 9090 Wednesday, 5 March 2014 00:00

President Mahinda Rajapaksa recognised the contribution of 15 inventors to the advancement of the country’s industries at the Annual Presidential Awards Ceremony for Sri Lankan Inventors held at Temple Trees recently. The innovators were honoured


‘Future Build’: Turning an invention into a business success

Views - 10243 Wednesday, 5 March 2014 00:00

Lankan Angel Network and Sri Lanka Inventors Commission and the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology jointly host workshop for inventors Want to know what it really takes to turn an invention into a successful business? Get clued in as the pio


Brandix unleashes innovators in search for disruptive genius

Views - 5916 Wednesday, 5 March 2014 00:00

Launches ‘Disrupt Unlimited’ – a $ 1 m seed accelerator to find game-changing solutions for apparel, textile and accessories industries The Brandix Group has committed up to US$ 1 million over three years on a new venture that is intended


NDB Principal Sponsor of Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2014

Views - 1980 Tuesday, 18 February 2014 00:01

NDB is the Principal Sponsor of the prestigious Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) scheduled to be held on 23 February. Enterprise Asia, a non-governmental organisation for entrepreneurship based in Kuala Lumpur, is the owner and organiser


The winners

Views - 5765 Monday, 23 December 2013 01:03

Under the Open Competition category, N.G. Manjula Nishantha – Managing Director of Malindu Dairies Ltd., Angunukolapelessa, G.B. Nimal Premathilaka – Managing Director of Hambantota Ruhunu Bakers Ltd., Hambantota, D.K. Ganegamage – Managing Dir


HDCC holds 20th AGM

Views - 1964 Monday, 23 December 2013 01:03

HDCC held its 20th Annual General Meeting on 30 November and Sudantha Akmeemana, Managing Director, Thima Jewelers was elected as the President of HDCC for the year 2013/2014. The chamber said 25 others were elected to the Board of Directors and amon


HDCC spotlight on Hambantota’s best entrepreneurs

Views - 1635 Monday, 23 December 2013 01:02

The ‘Best Entrepreneur of the Year’ awards ceremony for entrepreneurs of the Hambantota District organised by the Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce (HDCC) in collaboration with the University of Ruhuna was held on 30 November at the Singapo


The geeky Chairman

Views - 2406 Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:52

 The brains that took a website that enabled Sinhala email to a Global Shop offering 51 million products to Sri Lankans By Cheranka Mendis From a disruptive kid, taking apart anything he could get his hands on, from toy cars to phones, Dulith


Global Entrepreneurship Week inspires programs in various sectors throughout Sri Lanka

Views - 2206 Wednesday, 21 November 2012 00:17

The Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Tourism (ASMET) Sri Lanka, started discussions with Young Entrepreneurs Sri Lanka (YESL), to develop a program of entrepreneur education for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in travel and tourism.


Quality and quantity of jobs dropping in Asia Pacific: ILO

Views - 1483 Wednesday, 21 November 2012 00:14

ILO News: Economic growth has slowed down in many Asia-Pacific countries, affecting labour markets both in terms of the quantity and the quality of jobs available, according to an ILO report. The October 2012 Asia-Pacific Labour Market Update says jo


HDCC holds Hambantota District Best Entrepreneur Awards

Views - 2348 Friday, 6 January 2012 01:21

For the 10th year, the Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce (HDCC) in collaboration with the  Hambantota District Secretariat and the University of Ruhuna with the support of southern regional access to finance and advisory programme, impleme


Japanese volunteers support village level producers

Views - 1605 Friday, 6 January 2012 01:16

On completion of their two year assignments, three JICA volunteers who worked in support of village level producers made presentations on their activities at the Samurdhi Authority of Sri Lanka (SASL) Head Office in Colombo on 3 January.


A hive of ideas

Views - 2840 Tuesday, 6 December 2011 01:25

By Peter Day The Ray Wijewardene Charitable Trust that continues the legacy and the vision of the late Sri Lankan innovator is organising the inaugural ‘Ray Wijewardene Memorial Lecture’ to be held on 13 December 2011. The Ray Wijeward


Commonwealth-Asia Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAAYE) launched

Views - 2111 Thursday, 24 November 2011 00:00

The Commonwealth Youth Programme Asia Centre, Commonwealth Secretariat in collaboration with The Young Indians of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organised  a two-day Envisioning Workshop in New Delhi on November 15-16, at the end of


Celebrating entrepreneurship through global entrepreneurship week

Views - 1864 Thursday, 24 November 2011 00:00

By Devin Jayasundera Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) which is celebrated world wide from November 14 to 20 was launched in Sri Lanka at the American Centre last week. The ceremony was attended by senior members of the Young Entrepreneurs Sri L


Young people have enormous power to shape better world - UN

Views - 1532 Thursday, 24 November 2011 00:00

The events of the past 10 months highlight the enormous power of young people in changing the world, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General has said, calling on this segment of society to help shape a better future. Asha-Rose Migiro noted that


Honouring the deserving

Views - 3326 Monday, 6 December 2010 00:06

HSBC and SAPSRI felicitate successful women entrepreneurs from the urban poor HSBC in collaboration with South Asia Partnership Sri Lanka (SAPSRI) held an awards ceremony last Friday to recognise and reward women entrepreneurs who have progressed un


YESL holds Regional Awards Ceremony

Views - 3027 Monday, 6 December 2010 00:01

The Regional Awards Ceremony of Young Entrepreneurs Sri Lanka (YESL) was held at St. Michael’s College Batticaloa recently where five schools from Batticaloa and invited schools from other areas participated along with parents, teachers and pri


LAUGFS gears up for more growth

Views - 3297 Monday, 11 October 2010 21:22

Diversified into 15 sectors, LAUFGS has been smiling with growth for the last 10 years. With an impending IPO, Rs. 500 m resort in Chilaw and expansion plans to Bangladesh and Vietnam, the company is looking to cash in on the post-war boom. Daily FT


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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

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