Mitra Innovation Managing Director and Co-Founder Dammika Ganegama recently addressed students of De Mazenod College, Kandana at their annual career day. Among the list of distinguished speakers, were: Virtusa Polaris Talent Capability Development Head Sampath Thrimavithana, Sri Lanka Air Force Wing Commander A.P. Jayamaha and InsureMe Insurance Brokers Sri Lanka Co-Founder Dilshan Perera.
Dammika spoke to the eager students about his schooldays, his early work experiences, strategic career decisions, and his journey towards entrepreneurship. Dammika also shared interesting tips on what to expect after finishing school and how to prepare oneself when embarking
on a career.
As Managing Director, and one of the Co-Founders of Mitra Innovation, a technology innovation company based in the UK, Sri Lanka, and Australia, Dammika was well placed to share his advice
with the students.
Mitra Innovation helps smart entrepreneurs, enterprises and public service organisations to accelerate innovative ideas into amazing global businesses or solutions, through product incubation, digital transformation, and integration services. The company also has expertise in WSO2 technologies and AWS.
Starting from humble beginnings in 2012 with a skeleton staff, one office and two clients. It has now grown to a global organisation with an employee headcount of 180; key clients including Capital Alliance, Ramsay Healthcare and Travis Perkins; and five offices – three in Sri Lanka, an HQ in London, and an additional office in the UK.
Dammika said: “It was an absolute pleasure to address the students at De Mazenod College and talk to them about finishing school and their future careers. It was especially fulfilling to be able to discuss the road to entrepreneurship, and talk about the challenges, and the highs and lows I’ve faced along the way, and the ultimate goals that can be achieved by becoming
Speaking after the event, De Mazenod College Deputy Head Prefect Dinith Senaratne said: “The way Dammika planned out his career by first working for Fortune 500 clients and then, once sufficient experience was gained, moving on to start his own venture, helped him to lay a strong foundation to building a business, and Dammika has the Steve Jobs spark in him. He’s very innovative, which is evident in the company he Co-Founded, as it is able to provide a software based solution for the everyday problems we may neglect, that could help us in leaps and bounds.”