Sri Lanka in innovation push during Global Entrepreneurship Week

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is marking Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015, with founders of several innovative start-ups and trainers getting together  to share and promote initiative and risk taking that will create goods and services and jobs.

"Entrepreneurship must be the new agenda for Sri Lanka," said Anushka Wijesinghe economist and founder of Smart Future, an international grouping that promotes new ideas on innovation and competitiveness.

"We are already seeing a budding eco-system of new startups emerge."

"This must permeate through the whole country if we are to truly see inclusive growth. More and more young people are keen to start their own ventures, and businesses and government must come together to support this."

GEW is an annual global celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare, organizers said.

During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.

Sri Lankan and international panelists are coming together targeting at a forum organized by Smart Future and Global Shapers Colombo Hub, an initiative connected to the World Economic Forum, an international association for public private co-operation.

"Young entrepreneurs must be geared to handle the challenges of entrepreneurship – leadership, success, obstacles and failure – and not give up" Hiran Wickramasinghe, member of the Hub and Managing Director of Informatics Holdingss said.

"At the Global Shapers Colombo Hub, we want to encourage these traits in the younger generation.”

The forum targeting young people will be held at Informatics Institute of Technology, a business school, at 4.00 pm today November 19.





Speakers will include Romeo Effs, who heads Aspyre Group, a consultancy Nayana Samaranayake, founder of WorkInSriLanka and Storylize a mobile app, and former Google Software Engineer, and Amrit Rupasinghe, who co-founded Buzzbird – a mobile app startup.

Effs, who will connect from London via Skype, will talk about ‘The Entrepreneur Mindset & How to Create ‘Amazing’,’ while Samaranayake and Amrit Rupasinghe talk about the inspiration and perseverance in their own entrepreneurship journeys.

The speaker session will be followed by a screening ‘Crocodile in the Yangtze: The Alibaba Story’, which Jack Ma and his Chinese e-commerce firm. (Colombo/Nov19/2015)

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