ECONOMYNEXT – Cheryl Edison, an American innovation expert, visited Sri Lanka recently to advice information technology entrepreneurs, engineering students, and Information and Communications Technology Agency (ICTA) representatives.
During Edison’s eight-day visit to Jaffna and Colombo, she met with entrepreneurs and provided strategies on achieving business goals and marketing Sri Lankan products regionally and globally, a US embassy statement said.
Edison is a Silicon Valley global business development expert who has successfully launched companies across the globe for clients including Volvo, Warner Brothers, Carrefour, and Revlon.
“Cheryl helped inspire Jaffna’s aspiring entrepreneurs and provided Silicon Valley expertise as we develop our own creative spaces,” a member of Jaffna’s Yarl IT Hub community was quoted as saying by the embassy, which arranged the visit as part of efforts to advance US-Sri Lankan economic ties.
“With its strategic location and impressive human capital, Sri Lanka is well-positioned to succeed as an IT and economic hub,” said US Embassy’s Chargé d’affaires Robert Hilton. “We are proud to bring American experts to support the vision of an economically vibrant and inclusive Sri Lanka.”
Edison led seminars for business and engineering students at the University of Jaffna, its Engineering Faculty in Kilinochchi and the University of Sri Jayawardenepura.
She also took time to mentor women entrepreneurs, representatives from the National Institute of Education, and members of the Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM).
She also held free virtual classes and individual counseling for participants in ICTA’s Spiralation Tech Startup Support Program.
(COLOMBO, July 12, 2017)