APEA Recognizes PCH Chairman S.H.M Rishan for Entrepreneurial Excellence Mr. S.H.M Rishan, the Chairman of PC House PLC the leading ICT solutions provider to the nation, has been presented the coveted Outstanding EntrepreneurAward at the annual Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards organized for Sri Lanka by Kuala Lumpur based organization, Enterprise Asia. This accolade, which is recognized on a national and regional level, recognized the trailblazing efforts of Mr. Rishan and his significant entrepreneurial achievements.
The development of PCH from a micro-scale, single proprietor business into the diverse trendsetting corporate entity that it is today is in itsel a testament to the entrepreneurial skills of Mr. Rishan. Further PCH’s diversification into various fields including ICT products, services & solutions, mobile handsets, GPS navigational systems and setting new standards in the industry by island-wide branch expansion and introduction of IT Super Store concept to the local market by establishing of its flagship showroom chain “PCH 9 to 9 super stores” and competing effectively with local and international corporate powerhouses is a hallmark of the innovative entrepreneurial strategy being adopted, allowing PCH to achieve the necessary biennial accumulative turnover of over 50 million US$ through tenacity and novelty making Mr. Rishan eligible for this award.
PC House PLC was originally established in 1997 and during its short tenure in the industry fledged in to a Group of companies which offers a complete product portfolio in ICT, including ICT products, services and solutions. In 2005 he embarked a journey in investing in diversified businesses by establishing PC Pharma, an organization destined to promote health to the nation. Taking the benefits of this profitable organization to the investor public, he took the organization to the Colombo Stock Exchange. A Majority stake buyout by him of Orient Garments PLC saw his strategic venture in to the prospering Apparel sector while a premeditated entry to Activated Carbon was witnessed when he brought over Biecolink Carbons Lanka Private Limited, Sri Lanka’s second largest activated Carbon producer and exporter.
He also formed PCH Holdings, an investment and consultancy driven holdings organization to which Biecolink, Orient Garments and PC Pharma are now subsidiaries of. The title of Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year is open to individuals who have steered a business that proves perseverance, tenacity and continued innovation and diversification, while positively responding to competition, environmental factors and adverse situations. This must be a benchmark for positioning themselves as leaders in their respective industries and fields, inspiring future entrepreneurs.
Commenting on receiving the award, Mr. S.H.M Rishan said, “It is indeed a privilege to be recognized with this award for entrepreneurship amongst a host of candidates from a multitude of fields. It is a testament to the adaptability and diversification process that has made PCH the growing corporate entity that it is today. This award recognizes entrepreneurial excellence and seeks to give benchmarks and role models for future entrepreneurs; it is indeed an honor to be counted among corporate innovators. This award also opens up opportunities for partnerships with other enterprises within the region, opening doors to network and share business opportunities with other entrepreneurs and affiliated companies throughout the region.”Enterprise Asia, the organizers of the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards has a vision of creating an Asian region that is rich in entrepreneurship and employs it as a source of progressive and sustainable economic and social development.
Their main objective as an organization is to cultivate a culture of corporate integrity and social responsibility within Asia. The APEA awards were started as a means for recognizing outstanding entrepreneurship and have now evolved into a credible mark of professional excellence for entrepreneurs within their respective countries.
The president of enterprise Asia Mr. William Ng said that “Given the economic challenges the region is facing, the need to promote and encourage entrepreneurship is even more urgent. We have already seen how the European debt crisis has affected all of us in Asia. Whilst the West can be our friend some of the time, do not make the mistake to think that they will continue to be our friends all the time. We must mitigate our risks by enhancing intra-regional ties within Asia.” He further stated “This year, one of Enterprise Asia’s key initiatives is the launch of Invest Asia. Invest Asia is a multi-prong framework to encourage intra-regional trade and to match successful businesses across boundaries with an aim for capital appreciation and market development.” “A world without entrepreneurs will be devoid of innovations and competitiveness – the very essence of humanity and progress. Here in Sri Lanka, after two decades of ethnic tension and civil war, the need and urgency to promote entrepreneurship is never greater than now. Through a vibrant entrepreneurial climate, Sri Lanka can and will move towards becoming a more stable, prosperous nation and Sri Lankans can expect a better standard of living and insulation from global economic uncertainties.”
PCH is the new corporate brand identity for PC House PLC which is listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange. The new brand identity reflects the change from a family owned business to a public company with a vision to be the benchmark for ICT in SriLanka. PCH was recognized as the 50th most valuable brand in Sri Lanka for 2011, in the Brand Finance with an A+ brand rating. Its Board of Directors consists of Messrs S.H.M. Rishan, Mangala Boyagoda, Sarath Wikramanayake, Modarage Thilakasiri, Shanti Kumar Nadarajah, Kuvera de Zoysa and Mrs. Sharmila Rishan.
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Seedstars, a global organization based in Switzerland promotes, connects and invests up to $1 million USD in emerging market startups through their exclusive startup competition held in over 60 countries.
Seedstars, a global organization based in Switzerland promotes, connects and invests up to $1 million USD in emerging market startups through their exclusive startup competition held in over 60 countries. Last year, we saw Seedstars come to Sri Lanka for the first time. LayUp was selected as the winner of the first Seedstars Colombo, which was held last year. LayUp then went onto represent Sri Lanka as a finalist at Seedstars Global. Eight startups will be competing at SeedStars Colombo 2017.
The winning startup will receive an all-expenses paid trip to both the Seedstars Asia Regional Summit in Bangkok. They’ll also win a trip to Switzerland to compete at the Seedstars Global Summit for equity investments of up to USD 1 million, and to meet with international mentors and investors.
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MAS Innovation Center
#50 Foster Lane, Colombo
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Startup weekend-Trincomalee Beach Calling entrepreneurs, Growth Hackers, Dreamers, Rain Makers and Startup Catalysts to change the world in 54 hours! Bring your creativity and skills and Join Startup Weekend Trincomalee
Startup weekend-Trincomalee Beach
Calling entrepreneurs, Growth Hackers, Dreamers, Rain Makers and Startup Catalysts to change the world in 54 hours! Bring your creativity and skills and Join Startup Weekend Trincomalee ,Friday 27th to Sunday 29st Octon,2017 at Trinco beach hotel, Trinco
What’s Startup Weekend, Anyway?
Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon – 54 hours of fast and furious prototype development through to exploring potential markets and pitching. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to build lasting relationships with co-founders; mentors, and investors.The real value comes from taking an idea from concept through to execution using Lean tactics and working under high pressure with the best startups.
Google for Entrepreneurs is the global partner for Techstars Startup Weekend Program, including Startup Weekend, Startup Next and Startup Digest. Google is a sponsor of Techstars Accelerator Programs. Techstars collaborates with the Google for Entrepreneurs campuses across the globe to support engagement with entrepreneurs everywhere.
What You Can Do?
In short, Startup Weekend shapes the lives of many people as a starting point as entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts. Ultimately, it’s an amazing spring board to get started on something (a new business, career at a startup or great relationships).
Come pitch, join a team, iron out your business model, and build away! In just 54 hours teams will come together to create startups from scratch and learn about entrepreneurship in a hands-on and meaningful way. Developers, designers, business experts, and makers will come to build prototypes and launch startups that use hardware or software to interconnect us all and change the world.
WHO GOES TO STARTUP WEEKENDS?
Experienced business people or budding entrepreneurs, Creative designers, Coders, growth hackers who are looking for new ideas and wanting to challenge their skills – Startup Weekends are a fun and exciting way to to upskill and test yourself in the world of startups
WHAT DO YOU DO AT A STARTUP WEEKEND?
Starting from 6.30 PM on Friday registration will be done, Welcome speech, Dinner, Startup pitches ideas chosen and lasting teams formed. By late Friday night you’ll be on your way with goals set and roles assigned.
Saturday is all about validation – contacting potential customers and checking out if there is really a market for your idea – and reacting fast if you need to change. Meanwhile if you’re a developer or a designer you’ll be furiously building the product.
Sunday is about making it work and preparing for the final pitch to a panel of carefully chosen judges. Throughout the process mentors from all backgrounds will be on hand. (link to timetable)
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER
Celebrate! We’ll put in place a follow up event, and there will be other opportunities, including our Co-Starters program.
What is the benefit of attending Startup Weekend ?
Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go. It’s like an MBA in a weekend.
2) Build your network:
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or a even an investor.
3) Co-Founder Dating:
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.
4) Learn a new skill:
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are prefect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.
5) Actually launch a business:
Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.
6) Get face time with thought leaders:
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as mentors and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.
7) Save money & get stuff:
Startup Weekends cost $40 (less for students). Your ticket covers seven meals, snack, access to exclusive resources our global sponsors, and all the coffee you can drink.
8) Join a global community:
Join over 30,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.
Facilities for the Attendees?
Mentors : Whether it’s growth, design, or prototype,you’ll find a mentor who can help
Free WIFI: You will Get Free WIFI Access from our Telecom Partner
Meals : Morning Refreshment Plus Lunch and Dinner
Community Perks and Discounts : Take advantage of perks and discounts offered to all Startup Weekend participants from the Global sponsors.
Much More: Whatever you are building, our sponsors and community have put together some fantastic resources to help you build your idea.
october 27 (Friday) - 29 (Sunday)
Trinco Beach Hotel
326,Dyke Street, Trincomalee