Siddhalepa Managing Director, Mr. Asoka Hettigoda, as chief guest at Entrepreneurs Live 2.0 program organized by the Post Graduate Institute of Management (PIM) recently lead the team of presenters with his experiences and learning in entrepreneurship, which took Siddhalepa to the next level of business from its humble beginnings.
The PIM, affiliated to the University of Sri Jayewardenepura is recognized as the nation’s management mentor, which encourages and supports students who aspire to become entrepreneurs through their business incubator, PIM Genesis.
In its signature event ‘Entrepreneur Live 2.0’ Genesis featured seven successful entrepreneurs who are MBAs and alumni of the PIM, to share their successful story and their vision for the future.
Being the premier MBA provider to the nation for three decades, PIM always supported entrepreneurs who drive the economy with innovating thinking. Genesis, their business incubator was designed to give birth to many innovative businesses by grooming young entrepreneurs to the nation.
Established in 2014 with the vision to “Be the master flow of new local businesses to support the national economic development”, the program focuses on grooming and enhancing the quality of the start-up businesses` initiated by the PIM’s MBA students. This facility assists the PIM entrepreneurs by providing advisory services, facility-based services, creating opportunities for networking and partnering with the leading local business firms as well as other business professionals.
Prof. Ajantha S Dharmasiri, Director and Chairman of the Board of Management of PIM is the Patron of PIM Genesis, while Dr. Travis Perera, Senior Consultant of PIM is the Mentor of Genesis.
The other presenters who shared critical entrepreneurial insights from their experiential learning were: Mr.Suranga Herath, CEO, Amazon Trading /English Tea Shop; Ms.Nayana Ranathunga, CEO, Senikma Holdings; Ms.Jayamini D Samarathunge, Chairperson and Principal Trainer of Mind International (Pvt) Ltd, Mr.Madhushan Raigamage, Chief Innovation Officer of JFS Holdings, Mr. Tesmon Melony, CEO and Managing Director of M I Synergy Private Ltd. ND and Yasas Gunaratne, Chairman and Managing Director of HASH 33.
While the main aim of the event was to showcase sustained success of these entrepreneurs, the impact was directed at the final year MBA Entrepreneurial Skills Projects of PIM MBAs to motivate the emergence of future entrepreneurs who would venture to startup their own businesses.
PIM as a premier business management learning institute has an impressive record of about 5000 MBA students in about 30 years. All top 100 companies in the country employ at least one PIM MBA graduate.
Caption: Prof. Ajantha S. Dharmasiri, Director and Chairman of the Board of Management of PIM and Patron of PIM Genesis with Siddhalepa MD, chief guest at event Mr. Asoka Hettigoda.