Entrepreneurship

HSBC, British Council create opportunities for emerging young entrepreneurs

Views - 3969 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 - 12784 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 - 12793 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 - 8395 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 - 5135 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 - 3702 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 - 7546 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 - 4521 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


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

Views - 13291 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 - 13931 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 - 12428 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 - 11502 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 - 15111 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 - 3502 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 - 2646 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 - 2898 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 - 7091 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 - 9119 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 - 10272 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 - 5956 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 - 1996 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 - 5798 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 - 2008 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 - 1661 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 - 2468 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 - 2226 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 - 1499 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 - 2367 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 - 1623 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 - 2862 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


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Friday, 15 November 2019

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