From left: Mahishka Samarasinghe - Co Founder and Director, Academic Affairs, Rainbow Institute, Suresh deMel – Representative GEN Sri Lanka, Manique Mendis – Co Founder and Executive Director, Rainbow Institute
To help startups and SMEs in Sri Lanka to accelerate growth and make an impact, Rainbow Institute launched training on entrepreneurship on November 13th, and marked the first event on the first day of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Sri Lanka - #GEW2017.
Suresh De Mel, the Sri Lankan representative of the Global Entrepreneurship Network – GEN Sri Lanka and the Global Entrepreneurship Week – GEW, explained about this world renowned network for entrepreneurship and the significance of networking, and celebrating entrepreneurship.
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.
De Mel was optimistic on the potential of GEN to Sri Lankan entrepreneurs, especially start-ups and SMEs.
“There are valuable opportunities for Sri Lankans to enhance their knowledge, share information, network with entrepreneurs around the world and get access to support organizations. GEN provides a virtual platform that is easily accessible to entrepreneurs” he stated.
Having forged a partnership with GEN Sri Lanka, Rainbow Institute is planning a series of knowledge sharing and networking events and short term and long term training programmes, including an internationally accredited Diploma in Entrepreneurship, to strengthen entrepreneurs and start- ups.
Rainbow Institute, has established itself as a center for excellence in Communication and English. It is a preparation center for Cambridge English and an educational service provider in Sri Lanka for the Government of USA. It counts a host of top companies in Sri Lanka amongst its’ clientele for corporate training. With its’ head office based in Colombo, Rainbow Institute has centers in seven other districts in Sri Lanka as well.
Rainbow Institute together with GEN Sri Lanka, will be hosting a knowledge sharing and networking evening for Start-ups and SMEs on November 23, at the Rainbow Institute premises.
During this event, the participants will be introduced to the Global Entrepreneurship Network and have a platform for interactive discussion.
A highlight of the evening will be a panel discussion with young entrepreneurs who have achieved great heights during a relatively short duration. There will also be a presentation on sustainability for Sri Lankan business and global trends by Adeesha Perera, Manager Sustainability , NTB Bank (former Aitken Spence).
Panelists are, MahishkaS amarasinghe- Co Founder and Director, Academic Affairs - Rainbow Institute (Training and Consultancy, Social Enterprise), Harindra Fonseka - Founder/CEO of Gudppl (Winner of best startup of 2016 by Infotec),PrageethThoradeniya - Founder of ‘The Shed’ a mixed Martial Arts Training facility and also co-founder, the Damini Project, that trains women on self-defense for free and Vasana Wickramasena of CICRA Holdings (Cyber Security).
The Moderator is Dileepa Samarasinghe- Manager, Sustainability, Pan Asia Bank. Participation for this event is free-of-charge and strictly on invitation only.